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11-15-2006, 05:41 PM
I recently purchased David Power’s book, Foundation, PHP for Dreamweaver 8 and am ready to get my environment set up. In looking at the suggestions in the book for set up I find I have a situation that is not covered (at least I couldn’t find it). I do my dev work on a dell Inspiron 8200 with 512 memory and 2 GHz processor laptop running XP SP2 Home with 40 gig HD which has a 250 gig external drive connected through a firewire connection. Also I have a second computer on my LAN (again XP SP2 Home. 512, 2.4 GHz)

Because of disc space issues on the laptop, I’d like to set up Apache, PHP, MySQL and PHPadmin on either the external drive OR the second computer while continuing to do dev work on the laptop.

1. Can this be done, assuming I use the correct path names, etc when setting up?
2. Which would be the better location for Apache, et al, the external drive or the LAN machine?
3. Since all of this is relatively new to me, am I just nuts to try and would be better off sticking with an install on the laptop and try to clean up of files to free space on the HD?

Note that I have also thought of setting up the second machine with Linux and installing Apache, etc there and using it as a remote server. This may be just a little more “geeky” than I care to tackle right now though.

Any thoughts, suggestions are appreciated.


PS: What a great book, easy to follow and really useful for beginners.

11-15-2006, 07:11 PM
ok first thing first

to avoid headaches (err sorry. Not you headache! dont avoid him coz hes canny) i would install on your laptops main drive.

try wamp5 ...


this saves allot of time


and you dont need linux

11-15-2006, 09:57 PM
If I could recommend appserv also


I found the install extremely quick and easy,

And whilst phpMyAdmin is nice and everything may I suggest MySQL's tool set which can be downloaded here:


Of course it comes down to your own personal preference and it’s what you understand and feel most comfortable with