OK, this is almost certainly my fault - I was following http://rudyegenias.wordpress.com/2006/0 ... -in-xampp/ to try to enable mod_rewrite and get my local site working the same as some of my remote ones.
I made a back up copy of the file. After trying to restore the file I now see -
Apache service started
in the control panel when I start apache but the 'running' icon does not appear.
When I try any valid http access the page comes up blank (e.g http://localhost/xampp/
Its bizarre that this is happening when I restore the http.conf that I backed up...
Not to be outdone, I downloaded the zip and extracted a nice clean new http.conf and put that in the folder.
It seems that something happened when I tried to AllowOverride or enable the mod_rewrite has killed xampp with a vengance.
I'm not a big fan of completely reinstalling without knowing what is going on. Anyone any ideas?