Windows 7, localhost, and Drupal

I recently bought a new Windows 7 laptop. Along with all the other basic programming tools, I immediately installed Apache, PHP, and MySQL. One of the first things I wanted to do was to try to install Drupal. I spent two days fighting the white screen of death on Drupal installation, though, and I finally figured out why -- and I can blame it on Windows.

Background: I manually edited settings.php and entered the MySQL connection string, and I navigated to http://localhost/drupal6/install.php. The page would attempt to load for about thirty seconds, and would then give up. No errors were reported, either on-screen or in the Apache error.log.

This post explains what the problem was:
http://dpotter.net/Technical/2009/12/mysql_connect-to-localhost-on-windo...

By default, the Windows hosts file (\System32\drivers\etc\hosts) has the line commented out that maps localhost to 127.0.0.1. What was strange was that I could navigate to a localhost address and Firefox would have no problem resolving it, but mysql_connect would fail to resolve and connect to localhost. All I had to do was un-comment this line in hosts and I was good to go.

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I am currently developing a

I am currently developing a website using Drupal on a Windows XP Professional machine running WAMP (Windows/Apache/MySQL/PHP) software server. I got my own free domain from godaddy.com during a promotional period that they had. I wanted to try and run my website hosting in my computer to link to my domain (from godaddy). What's the procedure? My Internet connection is from Cox Cable running 15mbpsDL/2mbpsUL. It will not going to be a traffic website, it's more like I'm building a website for practice purpose but also wanted to practice on hosting it to the internet.. . I know that webhosting services from other companies will do it, but I just wanted to host my own server because this is just for practice purpose. But once I launch a more-commercial website then I will consider hosting it somewhere else.. http://ninelifes.info/

search around

There are quite a few guides online that give you step-by-step instructions for doing this, much better than I could. Here's one for example:
http://www.emergingtechs.com/posts/how-to-host-a-web-site-from-your-comp...

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