got the text to show up. had to upgrade the language in the upgrade.php file.
in the admin it says current version is 5.21 but in the announcement box it's telling me 4.12 is available.
you said i didnt' run the 3.1 upgrade script. upon clicking it, i got a bunch of mysql errors and this message at the bottom:
Move DATA directory files (you only do this only once successfully) --> or quit here.
Moving data files can take some time depending on your installation; 10,000 files could take 5 minutes or more. Please be patient.
i did not continue on. still also can't get images to show up.