Thanks for your help.
Running Windows Vista - no skype port conflict
XAMPP version 1.7.7 - Control panel version 3
On a fresh install on XAMPP (phpMyAdmin working fine) - I go into, xampp -> apache -> conf ->httpd.conf, to redirect localhost to localhost:8888. (trying to work with partner's Mac's WAMP which auto uses 8888)
Change: Line 47: from Listen 80 to Listen 8888 Line 176: from ServerName localhost:80 to ServerName localhost:8888
This change breaks Phpmyadmin and gives me the error: Cannot connect: invalid settings.
(Note I did not change any mySql settings from the defaults - and didnt change anything in the phpMyAdmin->config.inc.php file.)
Let me know if you have any questions! Much appreciated!!