I’m having problems with PDOException errors too. I’m also on a Dreamhost account. I followed the Installing Magento Via SSH instructions. When I used sample data, the installation finished without a problem. When I don’t use sample data, the install wizard always throws a PDOException after the database page when it’s creating tables.
Since I follow the updated instructions, I’m using the 1.1.6 installation along with PEAR to update everything.
I’ve never used Magento before, but I’ve used other non-ecommerce CMSes (Drupal, Joomla!, etc.) and I’m pretty comfortable in PHP/MySQL code. Still, I don’t really want to peek into the installation code. ^^”
Like Hulabula, I get different PDOException errors every time, usually something about a base table already existing or missing.
I’ve gone back to just install Magento with sample data and just remove the sample data stuff, but that still doesn’t solve this problem. Any help?