> you sure you on localhost?
Yes, localhost was correct. So was everything else as far a I can tell. Is there a length limit on passwords? Apparently mine was too long. I changed it to a shorter one and the rest of the install went quickly and smoothly. (I suppose I could have typo'd it, but I checked it so many times I really doubt it.)
The error message was a bit confusing, since it shows those generic values, rather than the values I'd actually entered, I was thinking that config didn't get updated or had permission problems or something like that.
Thanks for the help and quick reply.