My OS is Windows Vista running WAMP5 (php 5, apache2, mysql)
1. Initially got a blank screen
Read the tutorial and forums again. Follow all the directions. I missed activating 1 php extension and finally made a check list to figure out the error of my ways. Once all the php extensions were activated, the blank screen went away.
2. Magento install timed out
Only 160 tables were created instead of 173 tables. Deleted the magento db and created it anew again. Shut down unnecessary pc programs and trield http:localhost/magento/install again and all tables were created properly
3. Initial screen for User frontend had an error in it.
Tilt the monitor enough to realize the dark blue line had a very, very similar color error code faintly showing across it.. Colors are way too similar for my eyes to catch it until I fussed with the monitor enough to realize there was something written on the darker blue background. Error was lack of memory for zend/mysqli.php. Went into PHP.ini and increased the memory from 8mb to 12 mb
4. Couldn’t add categories .. lack of memory again.
Went back into php.ini and bumped up the memory from 12mb to 20mb
Logged off and went for a walk. Came back and realized I didn’t write down my new password.
5. Forgot admin password.
Read forum and access mysql console, change to the magento db and run code to reassign admin a new password
Access phpmyadmin, go into the magento db, access the admin_user table and type in a new password making sure to use the function md5 before you save the info to the table
I have not yet made any changes to my htaccess file per one of the install directives and everything seems to be working. Will update this if that changes.
Lovely software so far.