Well how I am installing it isn’t the problem. I think im installing it correctly. this is how I did it, correct me if I am wrong....
I downloaded sample data first
created a database and imported the sql tables into the database
I then downloaded magento. The latest version (The sample data was released at the sametime as the magento application. they both are the latest)
After i downloaded magento I put the folders that are inside of sample data media folder and placed it into magento media folder
Then I installed the program. while going through the wizard i directed magento to the database I filled previously
after installation I go to the front page and everything looks fine
But if i click on any link. any link at all. it leads to this error
The requested URL /magento/poll/vote/add/poll_id/1/ was not found on this server.
When i don’t use the sample data I at least get a pretty interface that says the page cant be displayed. but when i install the sample data I get a white screen with the error message above. Im not exactly sure what the problem is. I downloaded every version of magento. I downloaded locally and on my server and its not working. anyone have any suggestions at all ????