Hi, thanks for the link.
However, I just confirmed that I followed those steps correctly.
Like I mentioned above, the presence of the style is detected in a few locations within the config, i can "create" a new theme and use that as my "template", and it seems to work.
If i leave all of those fields blank in the "create" and just submit it, the theme "sort of" works, it's a disaster because of no style sheet and no color choices but it definitely slightly resembles the colors of what it is supposed to look like.
Anyhow, here are some screenshots to hopefully better explain the situation.
As you can see here, the styles are uploaded to the proper location with the proper naming of the directory.
this pic shows the empty "add styles" list.
this pic shows that some drop downs do have these two styles added, so it is detecting their presence somewhat.
also, I am running the latest version of phpBB.
any tips are greatly appreciated.