I backed up the 1.5 site and loaded the new 1.7 package. My understanding is that I should have the old database setup then simply do the install walkthrough for 1.7 where Magento updates the database.
On my first attempt the browser showed activity for about a minute which indicated to me that it was working. Then i got a server timeout. I made the changes to phpini, deleted the local.xml file and tried it again. At that point i got an error \\\"There has been an error processing your request\\\”. I can\\\’t find where the report is being stored, but I was fairly sure it was a problem with the DB because of the interruption.
I reloaded the DB backup, but now running the install produces the same error.
Any ideas or direction would be greatly appreciated.