Thanks for you honesty...
I am sure I am not a phpbb tech person, but I do have an ability to follow instructions if they are presented in a logical manner
The current ISP said that I might have luck by simply pointing my domain to my computer's IP address. Sounds simple enough if I just stay with the old 3.0.0
I have a quality forum that no one has ever complained about it not being up to date. I have heard that upgrading phpbb can be a painful process often with things going haywire.
The forum has been transferred from one ISP to another completely in the past, but was not upgraded.
Basically people just talk, post pics or videos. I manage the backside with a couple of groups and a private area.
My domain is still pointed at the ISP, but I have a clone of my site on my hard drive with Apache and it works perfectly. If I use another computer, and put in my computer's IP address, I can see it is pulling pages and files from my hard drive perfectly, however, the forum is not attached because it is still being hosted on the ISP.
I really hope I can get it hosted on my computer so I can avoid the horrible tech support with them messing with my site, deleting videos without my permission, or just shutting it down because I am over some arbitrary limit they set at some point in time. I was promised unlimited storage when I signed up with them. Now there is a limit... and they want a lot more money. This site does not make money, it's more of a great resource for people who visit it. More a labor of love kind of site.