Reason asking is I did it that way and the install seemed to do fine but upon completion, when it tires to load the admin-index.php file the first time it's a blank screen. Same with the index page (both in the gallery). Thought the files may be corrupt but uploaded them again, rechecked the rights and still the same out come. Checked cookies and the are set to 'bb'.
Thanks for the extra set of eyes.
Did find 2 other issues tough, when the admin goes in and approves the users photos the right screen gives a page cannot be displayed error (gallery/admin-index.php which is correct path). Click refresh and it will come back but if you are approving 2 pics only one goes though and you have to redo the second one again. Even approving one at a time does the same.
Also in category editor when changing the order on the main categories they resort fine but when trying to resort the sub cat's they will not resort.