First, I tried installing the installer verion. Then, having set a root password for MySQL, when trying to access phpMyAdmin, I got the following message:
Welcome to phpMyAdmin
Cannot connect: invalid settings.
phpMyAdmin tried to connect to the MySQL server, and the server rejected the connection. You should check the host, username and password in your configuration and make sure that they correspond to the information given by the administrator of the MySQL server.
I could find no way to correct this. So I finally removed this version (totally!) and I tried with the zip version. With this, after running Setup and changing the root password in MySQL, nothing happened when I entered this into the phpMyAdmin login page, it just cleared the entries in the boxes and waited...
I then tried to edit config.inc.php as suggested in the documentation. After adding the password (in clear!) and changing 'auth_type' to 'config', I was able to get into the phpMyAdmin home page. However, after selecting Users, and clicking 'Add User', I got a message 'Loading' but it then hung.
I am not an expert, just a user. Is this behaviour normal? What am I missing? Any assistance would be appreciated...