phpMyAdmin setup problem

I am trying to get into dynamic web development using databases and have got a basic grip of php and XHTML.  I am following a book to guide me through obtaining and installing phpMyAdmin alongside MySQL but everytime I try to launch by putting http://localhost/phpMyAdmin/ into the browser the fatal error message comes up:  Call to a member function getName() on a non-object in C:\Users\Main User\Documents\My Websites\phpMyAdmin\libraries\common.inc.php on line 688
I have been using a local testing environment with php successfully for several weeks now so am assuming Apache is set up correctly.
I have also added the file config.inc.php as shown in my guide that contains the following code:
<?php
$i = 1;
$cfg['Servers'][$i]['extension'] = 'mysqli';
$cfg['Servers'][$i]['auth_type'] = 'http';
?>
and have been over the setup for MySQL several times now...am at a loss now!!!
Can anyone suggest how I can fix this and get the graphical interface to MySQL up and running?
Thank you
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artmsCommented:
Please check if mysqli php module is installed, eg. phpinfo(); Try changing mysqli into mysql
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James LooneySr. Programmer/AnalystCommented:
Honestly, I would download phpMyAdmin again and reinstall. With it being so easy to install I would do that first. Use it's in-browser wizard to set it up and configure the database.
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psadacCommented:
take a look at /libraries/config.default.php, copy and rename it /config.inc.php
then run /scripts/create_tables_mysql_4_1_2+.sql
and change the following lines :
$cfg['blowfish_secret'] = 'your secret phrase';
 
$cfg['Servers'] = array();
 
$i = 1;
$cfg['Servers'][$i]['host'] = 'localhost';
$cfg['Servers'][$i]['connect_type'] = 'tcp';
$cfg['Servers'][$i]['extension'] = 'mysqli';
$cfg['Servers'][$i]['auth_type'] = 'cookie';
 
$cfg['Servers'][$i]['pmadb'] = 'phpmyadmin';
$cfg['Servers'][$i]['bookmarktable'] = 'pma_bookmark';
$cfg['Servers'][$i]['relation'] = 'pma_relation';
$cfg['Servers'][$i]['table_info'] = 'pma_table_info';
$cfg['Servers'][$i]['table_coords'] = 'pma_table_coords';
$cfg['Servers'][$i]['pdf_pages'] = 'pma_pdf_pages';
$cfg['Servers'][$i]['column_info'] = 'pma_column_info';
$cfg['Servers'][$i]['history'] = 'pma_history';
$cfg['Servers'][$i]['designer_coords'] = 'pma_designer_coords';

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Jimi_JerseyAuthor Commented:
psadac:
I have taken a look at /libraries/config.default.php, and copied and renamed it config.inc.php in the same folder as the index.php.  The next step you have suggested I don't understand...(really am completely new to this!!!)
How do I run scripts/create_tables_mysql_4_1_2+.sql ?
I have searched for scripts (folder/file) everywhere.
I am running php version 5.2.6; MySQL 5.0; Apache 2.2.  The phpMyAdmin is version 3.0.1.1 and i am using windows vista....if any of this helps at all
Hope ur solution works as I'm gong crazy..!
Thanks for your help!

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