I have a similar problem in installing Joomla on a remote host for the past few weeks. Browser installation was never successful.
Tried reinstalling using a fresh copy of the Joomla files so I even deleted the Joomla files (uploaded by past users of my development team) in the remote server, but I realised that I ended up getting the "page not displayed" message in the browser when I went back to the browser installation page i.e. http://xxxxxxx.com/installation/index.php
(any idea how to revive the index.php page for future browser method of installation???)
Then I tried to install using the manual installation method:
After completing all the steps in the manual installation section of the installation manual, I got the
error message "Database Error: Unable to connect to the database:Could not connect to MySQL"
After referrring to the forum, I changed the server hostname to 'localhost', and the error message became "Database Error: Unable to connect to the database:Could not connect to database"
Is this considered an improvement in my situation? (it looks like a partial improvement if any).
how do I rectify the new error?
My configuration.php info are as such:
* Database configuration section
/* Database Settings */
var $dbtype = 'mysql'; // Normally mysql
var $host = 'localhost';
// This is normally set to localhost
var $user = 'xxx_xxxx'; // MySQL username
var $password = 'xxxx'; // MySQL password
var $db = 'xxx_xxxx'; // MySQL database name
var $dbprefix = 'jos_'; // Do not change unless you need to!
/* Server Settings */
var $secret = 'xxxxx'; //Change this to something more secure
var $gzip = '0';
var $error_reporting = '-1';
var $helpurl = 'http://help.joomla.org';
var $xmlrpc_server = '1';
var $ftp_host = 'xxxx.com';
var $ftp_port = '21';
var $ftp_user = 'xxxx';
var $ftp_pass = 'xxxx';
var $ftp_root = '/www';
var $ftp_enable = '1';
var $tmp_path= '/tmp';
var $log_path= '/var/logs';
var $offset = '0';
var $live_site = '';
// Optional, Full url to Joomla install.
I have tried to recreate the database/username in my remote host's cpanel, tried to download a fresh copy of the Joomla 1.5 files for uploading via ftp, almost everything that could try with reference to the manual and the forums but it doesn't work.
Any ideas to help?