You're a gentleman and a scholar, Mick. The board has sprung to life. Haven't logged in yet just rushed here to announce that good news. Upload of phpbb from the version at your link did the trick. Hopefully my recorded username and password will work.
Lovely. Thanks a lot.
Yes, I'm talking to the host but he'll doubtless put up some flim flammery of an excuse/reason and try and point it back at me and I won't bother fighting, just try and carry on and hope things will be better.
But he was remiss without a doubt. I was moved to the new platform and then - and only then, after the move - was I informed that I'd need to change the sql db names of all db's and all sql and email user names and all passwords.
And, of course, while I hadn't done those things sites that required those things were broken.
Now that's remiss, isn't it? You don't break things, require reconfigurations, without prior warning, surely?
But, water under the bridge. If we can get going now then fine.
Out of time now. Tomorrow perhaps I'll be able to get into mblforum and begin the update procedure.
p.s. yes, logged in fine. says my last login was aug 30 2017 !