Now comes the problem. I edited the configuration file for the new file location and new database name. The default user name created by phpMyAdmin for the new database on the WAMP server was "root" and it didn't ask for a database password. So I changed the configuration.php file to show "root" as the user, but the password is the same as the password on the hosted server. When I try to log onto the Joomla site on my WAMP server, I just get a blank screen with no error message. If I delete the password and try to log on, I get an error message "Can't log onto SQL Database."
I've read everything I can find and cannot correct the problem. I believe it has to be in the configuration.php file, but I have no idea where, although the password is certainly suspect. The only other thing I suspect may be the different versions of PHP and MySQL used on the hosted server and on my WAMP server. Here are the specifics:
MySQL = 2.0.67
PHP5 = 5.2.8
MySQL = 5.0.51b
PHP5 = 5.2.6
Has anyone run into this before?