ok, i just downloaded and installed (or tried to) php and mysql while reading this article http://www.webmasterbase.com/article.php3?aid=228&pid=0. anyway, i tried out a basic php script that i know would work, and it doesnt show the php part of it. (its the example in the article). what do i need to change in my php.ini file or what do i need to do to make it work? im new to the whole database thing, but it interests me, so id appreciate any help. thanks