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Joomla Local Machine Install Problem

Hi,

My OS is Windows Vista Home Premium.

I just installed Joomla 1.5.11 onto a local computer using xampp.

I then downloaded all my online site files over the local installation. I did not overwrite the index.php or configuration.php files.

Everything seems to work great. However, when I access any of my custom modules through the administrator backend, the output section--the section where you enter the html code for your custom module--does not appear (see attached image).

Does anyone know why this might be happening?

Thanks
mod-custom-01.jpg
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pallavanjCommented:
have you checked the articles, are they ok?.
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pallavanjCommented:
try to disable the WYSIWYG editor, and check.
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Jesse MatlockUX EngineerCommented:
You downloaded on remote website to your localhost (after installing XAMPP) and did NOT??? change the config.php file?? Did you use a backup program to transfer the site files and DB or FTP  and a Database export?
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drgreg1408Author Commented:
Correct. I did not change the config.php file because I already had a running installation of Joomla on my localhsot with no data. So I copied from the remote website into that local installation everything except config.php and index.php

I did not use a backup program but simply used FTP and then I went to PHPMyAdmin to export the MySQL database and then I imported it into the Joomla local installation.
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Jesse MatlockUX EngineerCommented:
Gotcha.. ok, makes sense. Then this looks like a case where all the files did not download properly. Namely, this is caused by a missing XML file foe the mod_customhtml module.. try downloading the files for this module again,... and overwrite any files you already have.. see if that works
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drgreg1408Author Commented:
OK. I did what you said, but went even further and re-downloaded everything.

Now, when I try to access the Module Manager, I get a whole page of repeated Warnings: all the same that say:

Warning: Parameter 1 to JHTMLGrid::access() expected to be a reference, value given in C:\xampp\htdocs\spirit\libraries\joomla\html\html.php on line 87
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Jesse MatlockUX EngineerCommented:
Ensure that you have your 'error reporting' settings, in Admin Global config > Server, set to System Default.
Also, when you say you downloaded everything again, are you referring to downloading through FTP single files of a live site.. or did you download a ZIP (or other compressed file) ?

This may be one of two issues.. either a permissions issue (which I don't think it is at this point) or more likely a corrupt/interrupted download - eg. files being downloaded in Binary when they should be downloaded in ASCII or vice versa.

Here is what I would do:
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If possible. Compress your entire site on the live server itself, through your File Manager in your Control Panel most likely. Then, set your FTP client 'download mode' to AUTO and download that zip file.. decompress it and use this for your local install. Also, it might be worth while to drop the current local DB and re-import the live site again.. just to ensure all is 'new' and current.

OR

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Another option, one I would recommend for transferring lives sites to local or vice versa, is to install Joomla Pack backup manager.. it compresses the files and exports the DB all in one wack.. then, allows you to use a simply Joomla like installer to reinstall that same site elsewhere.. you can get the file here:
http://extensions.joomla.org/extensions/1606/details


Let me know how it goes.. !
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drgreg1408Author Commented:
I already had the Joomla Pack backup installed on my online site. I have downloaded the backup file. That file has a jpa extension. Am I correct in assuming that I have to have a functioning Joomla installation on my local host and then have the Joomla Pack installed on that local site before I can reinstall? Will the reinstallation overwrite the configuration.php file? If so, won't that have to be tweaked in order for it to work correctly on the local host?
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Jesse MatlockUX EngineerCommented:
That is great.. ok. The easiest thing for you to do, is go back to your online site into the JoomlaPack Configuration > Advanced (accordion) and change the Archiver Engine type from JP2,3 or 4 to ZIP.. Then run another Backup.

This will give you a ZIP file.. so you can easily unzip it in an EMPTY folder on your localhost. Once it is unzipped, simply go to that URL in your browser and the installed will start.. just like a std Joomla install.

Otherwise, you will have to use Kickstart.php (from JoomlaPack's website) to extract that .jpa archive file.. and sometimes KickStart can be difficult to learn.

But, you DO NOT want an existing Joomla install in the same directory with this..
Let me know how you progress
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Jesse MatlockUX EngineerCommented:
BTW the reinstall WILL overrite the config file.. but, using the installer, as you go through the screens, it will simply ask you for the DB name, password, etc.. and re-create the necessary configuration.php file..
Again, you will want to extract this ZIP file and rename the folder created to the site name.. this will give you a 'New' copy... so your old config file will be in the folder you have been working in so far..
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drgreg1408Author Commented:
You mentioned that Joomla Pack also backs up the database. Where is the database? I don't see it in the zip file.
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Jesse MatlockUX EngineerCommented:
You wont see it in the Zip file unless you go into the installation/sql/mysql/ directory.. but you wont even need to mess with it.. if you unzip the ZIP file.. and then open your browser to that 'page' based on your Localhost setup.. it will start the install process for you. Once you input the DB settings, JoomlaPack installer will automatically import that DB data for you :D
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drgreg1408Author Commented:
I figured it out. Joomla Pack took care of uploading the database by itself. Fantastic! Thank you very very much for taking the time to help me out! It's working great!
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drgreg1408Author Commented:
I'm appreciate the time taken to help me out on this. The solution was perfect.
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Jesse MatlockUX EngineerCommented:
Anytime.. glad to help you out :D
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