phpMyAdmin not starting

Today when I started up phpMyAdmin (version by going to http://localhost/phpMyAdmin I saw this error screen.

phpMyAdmin – Error

I googled around but could not find any solutions.

So I went and tried to install the latest version of phpMyAdmin, 2.11.5. When I tried to run setup I saw this error screen.

phpMyAdmin – Error

Cannot start session without errors, please check errors given in your PHP and/or webserver log file and configure your PHP installation properly.

Now that I had an error message to work with I googled around and found this post, Xampp phpMyAdmin Problem, which helped me diagnose the problem.

It turns out during one of my cleaning sessions I wiped out the session directory in, “C:\DOCUME~1\fkim\LOCALS~1\Temp\php\session.” After restoring it I ran into my next problem.

phpMyAdmin – Error

Cannot load mysql extension. Please check your PHP configuration. – Documentation

I upgraded to PHP 5.2.5 from 5.2.1 but that did not help. I installed the mbstring module but that did not help.

Finally I added the PHP extension directory to the path (I had already added the PHP directory to the path) and it finally worked! My path now includes the following two directories, E:\Program Files\PHP and E:\Program Files\PHP\ext.

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