Right, straight into the deep end. First new to Linux, new to most of this. Ubuntu 7.1 installed and found the How To on the perfect server. I made it step by step to page 4 and MySQL. " Then we restart MySQL: /etc/init.d/mysql restart Now check that networking is enabled. Run " resulting in: /etc/init.d/mysql restart * Stopping MySQL database server mysqld [ OK ] * Starting MySQL database server mysqld [fail] I have stopped, started, re-installed, removed and combed through here and the Ubuntu forum. No answers. Somewhere there needs to be a reason or a way to check what the reason is that this is not firing back up. Thanks in advance.