I am new to all this and please try to use simple words, my programming skills started and stopped with BASIC.
I am trying use JOOMLA1.5. I initially ran XAMPP1.7.2 but found out from the Joomla Forums that the PHP 5.3 and Joomla don't work well together. so I removed everything and tried again bit with XAMPP1.7.1. This Looked better when I installed Joomla by when I got partway through it told me that it could not connect with the SQL database.
I have been told by someone on the Joolma Forums that I need to set up a SQL database first using phpmyadmin or SQL Console ( I don't know what they are?). There is no mention of this in any of the documentation I have read.
What's going on, I thought that XAMPP installed everything just right with no messing about afterwards.
Please help, I have a headache starting and can't afford to pull out any more hair.
Thanks in advance