I just installed xampp 1.8.0 on W7 Home Premium SP1, all servers are running and your control app seems to work, but phpmyadmin can't access the mysql server
using user='root', password='no'. I can access the server with no problems using a recent mysqlworkbench instance using the same user and password info.
What could be causing this problem? I didn't see anything like this in the FAQ file.