I'm running the latest version of XAMPP.
I'm running Windows XP Media Center addition.
I setup XAMPP, manually disabled the windows firewall in services.msc.
Everything was working fine.
Suddenly today I notice Apache wasn't running. I tried to turn it on.
I went to XAMPP control panel.
I clicked Start next to Apache.
There was a long long delay (during which I couldn't interact with XAMPP control panel) as though it was crashing.
After this, the text box said Apache service started.
But of course Apache isn't running. The button still says "start" not "stop."
I can't view pages on localhost, so Apache is definitely not running.
I'm aware that the XAMPP control panel was designed to just say stuff got started even if it doesn't (so XAMPP can look less responsible for errors when in fact 99% of errors are due to the horrible programming of XAMPP) but regardless, I can't figure out why Apache just suddenly stopped working.
I haven't installed any new service packs or software of any kind.
I haven't done anything. It simply stopped working.
If this is of any relevance: in serivces.msc, Apache is set to start Automatically. I switched it to manual to see if that'd fix anything, which of course it didn't, I then switched it back to automatic.
Different forums say to set it to a different setting as though one is right and the other isn't, but in reality they probably don't have the slightest clue what they're talking about.