found this :)
// ****** TABLE PREFIX ******
// Prefix that your vBulletin tables have in the database.
// ## Changed Old value: ''
$config['Database']['tableprefix'] = 'vb_';
put vb_ in the table prefix......
and after I put in the right stuff in FOUR other places... IT'S ALIVE....
I'm sure when I poke around a bit I'll have a few more questions.
Thanks a bunch for the help!