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Sadain
05-06-2007, 07:51 PM
Ok. Here is my problem: I upgrade my Forum from 2.01 to 2.02, then the board crashes... so I have to unistall the previous installation and reinstall. Then after the upgraded installation, I restore the database to load the archived posts and memberslist and the board reverts back to 2.01

I am frustrated with upgrading.

my question: Is there a way to just back up the posts and members list and not the software... and can I restore the posts and members list to the new 2.02 version?

racefan20
05-07-2007, 04:01 AM
What do you mean when you say the board crashes? What exactly is happening? Are you seeing error messages of any kind?

AmaDee
05-07-2007, 07:43 PM
Hi Race,

How's it going? I went to your forum and saw your design and let me just say, what a beauty. I clicked on the link to Themes by Design and found the many treasures Peggy has hidden in there. Thanks for that, by the way.

I've downloaded a copy of the styles, but I'm now stuck. I have absolutely no idea what to do after extracting the files.

Any ideas?

racefan20
05-07-2007, 11:03 PM
Hi Race,

How's it going? I went to your forum and saw your design and let me just say, what a beauty. I clicked on the link to Themes by Design and found the many treasures Peggy has hidden in there. Thanks for that, by the way.

I've downloaded a copy of the styles, but I'm now stuck. I have absolutely no idea what to do after extracting the files.

Any ideas?

TY You should check out all the designs I have on there - you can select between them with the drop down box on the bottom left. The idea is to give fans of every race driver a style of their own.

Peggy's designs are for vBulletin forums, so they won't work on phpBB forums, but you should be able to modify one of your existing phpBB styles using the colors and images from one of her styles.

In Style Admin in your administration panel, you can edit your styles to change colors, fonts, etc. It takes a little trial and error, but it's fun to do.

AmaDee
05-07-2007, 11:16 PM
Ok, Race. Thanks for the reply. I'll try doing as you suggest. I was in my admin panel of my phpBB forum today trying to change the colors and yeah, like you said, it takes a little (in my case, a WHOLE LOT) trial and error.

AmaDee
05-07-2007, 11:23 PM
Oh, my! Those are wayyy too cool. I'm trying to have a red, green, and blue theme, but for some reason, I can't find anything that flows. I spent more than 2 hours ealier just going at it and needless to say, I had to reinstall because I totally jacked it up lol!

racefan20
05-07-2007, 11:38 PM
Have you seen one you think would look nice? Or can you give me a concrete idea what you'd like to have? If so, I can have a go at building you a phpBB style.

AmaDee
05-07-2007, 11:48 PM
ummm. Ok, in my signature, there's a link about sickle cell. Could you click on that and take a look at the logo? I want the forum to have this theme, but at the same time, not so flashy...I know, it's a stretch with the colors I've chosen, but that's what I have in mind. What say you?

racefan20
05-08-2007, 12:50 AM
No promises of quality, but I'll see what I can do. lol

AmaDee
05-08-2007, 01:03 AM
YEHHH! Thanks, Race. And I promise to cheer for you when you're done. yeah, I know you remember...but I think that thread was deleted.

racefan20
05-08-2007, 03:52 AM
I've made a start on this and I think it will turn out well. Please give me a couple days to wrap it up.

AmaDee
05-08-2007, 04:04 AM
ok, Race. I really appreciate this.

racefan20
05-13-2007, 02:37 AM
ok, Race. I really appreciate this.

Do you have a layered or transparent copy of the logo that you can email me? racefan20n11******.com

AmaDee
05-13-2007, 02:30 PM
Race's got mail.

Sadain
06-25-2007, 04:56 AM
What do you mean when you say the board crashes? What exactly is happening? Are you seeing error messages of any kind?
I forget what the page looks like but, it is a PHP error page.

Basically, I would like to back up the threads, posts, members list, without backing up the program files.... so I can install the new version then restore the back up, without alos restoring the program files. If I do a full back up, install the new forum then try to bak up and restore the forum reverts back to the previous version when it was backed up.

racefan20
06-28-2007, 08:26 AM
I forget what the page looks like but, it is a PHP error page.

Basically, I would like to back up the threads, posts, members list, without backing up the program files.... so I can install the new version then restore the back up, without alos restoring the program files. If I do a full back up, install the new forum then try to bak up and restore the forum reverts back to the previous version when it was backed up.

It's doable, but a little tricky. Do a full backup and the import it into a new database separate from the forum. Call it Test or something.

Then, use the .jpeg I've attached and DROP all the tables with the red mark to the left of them.

Use the Export feature in phpmyadmin to export the newly revised database to your pc.

Now, do a fresh install of phpBB, either manually or through Fantastico.

Once installed, go to phpmyadmin and drop the tables that you didn't drop from the other database (the ones without red marks to the left of them).

Now, you can simply Import the database you most recently exported to your pc and it should populate the database with all the correct tables, leaving you with a fully upgraded forum but with all posts, members, etc intact.

Keep in mind that errors may occur with this method and you're always best off using the upgrade tools provided by phpBB, but it should work just fine. Just make sure you have backups of everything in case issues arise.

Also, if the database you exported to your pc times out when you try to import it, it's probably too large for phpmyadmin to handle, so you'll need the free utility Big Dump (http://www.ozerov.de/bigdump.php) to do the import. It's very easy to use, just follow the instructions.

Sadain
07-09-2007, 01:40 PM
thanx I'll try that out.