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Using Windows XP I have set up Joomla 1.5 on Uniform Server and set up for outside access to localhost.


It all works fine until I try to make it more secure by changing the MySQL password from "root" that was used during setup. I go into to Uniform Server through the admin panel and when I do the security check I can change all passwords without trouble except MySQL. When I cange that I cannot get into localhost but get this message:

"Database error: Unable to connect to database. Could not connect to MySQL"


The if I cange back to "root" password (and close and open my browser) everythink works again. For security with outside access I would like to be able to change this password. Is there another way to do it?

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I will assume after changing MySQL password from Apanel you can access the MySQL server using phpMyAdmin.


And typing this into a browser http://localhost/joomla/

Produces this error:

Database Error: Unable to connect to the database:Could not connect to MySQL


This means you installed Joomla before changing the password hence Joomla configuration is using password root.


Solution is to edit file:



Look for this section:

/* Database Settings */
var $dbtype = 'mysql';
var $host = 'localhost';
var $user = 'root';
var $password = 'root';
var $db = 'joomla';
var $dbprefix = 'jos_';

Change line:

var $password = 'root';

substitute root for your new password.


All the best

Ric ;)

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  • 3 weeks later...

Hi Ric,

Sorry I missed your reply when it came out. Now that I know the cause and had a reason to reinstall Joomla and Uniform Server I changed my passwords before loading Joomla and it works out fine.




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