O.k. I was able to get the tables re-created. after manually creating the isp_server database I did the mysql -uroot -p***** < db_ispsconfig.sql isp_server. That created all the necessary tables. re-started the apache server and the mysql server. Still back at square 1. Found the user admin in the isp_server/sys_user table, viewed the data, then deleted the pasword. restarted the mysqld and still can't verify the user with a null password. i'm using the http vice https access, and operating from the local machine.