Jethro Jethro - 1 month ago 16
PHP Question

WampServer orange icon

I am having problems with Wamp Server, the icon will never turn green. It is constantly stuck at orange.

I have tried many ways, editing HOSTS file, .config files, disabling IIS, changing SKYPE's port, quitting SKYPE, disabling World Wide Web publishing services etc... And under wamp server icon > Apache > Test port 80, it states that Apache is using that port.

I am running Windows 8 64 bit and Wamp Server 2.4. Any help would be appreciated.

Answer

Before you can fix anything you need to know which service has not started, Apache or MySQL.

As the TEST PORT 80 utility is saying Apache is running its probably the MySQL service that has not started. Unless you have another Apache running!

So which service has not started???

If the wampmanager icon is not GREEN then one of the services ( Apache/MySQL ) has not started properly.

How to tell which service is not running if the wampmanager icon is orange.

Left click the wampmanager icon to reveal the menu-> Apache -> Service If the Start/Resume service menu is Green then Apache IS NOT running.

Left click the wampmanager icon to reveal the menu-> MySQL -> Service If the Start/Resume service menu is Green then MySQL IS NOT running.

If Apache is the service that is not running it is normally, but not always, because something else has captured port 80.

Now do, Left click the wampmanager icon to reveal the menu-> Apache -> Service -> Test port 80 This will launch a command window and display some information about what, if anything is using port 80.

Whatever it is should be re-configured to not use port 80 or uninstalled if you are not using it.

If port 80 is not the problem look for errors in the appropriate error log ( use the wamp manager menus to view the error logs )

If these do not exists or show no errors then also check the Windows Event Viewer Start -> Administrative Tools -> Event Viewer And look in the 'Windows Logs' -> Application' section accessed from the menu on the left of the dialog for error messages from Apache and or MySQL.

If its MYSQL that has not started.

Check the mysql error log by using the menus

wampmanager->MySQL->error log

Check the Windows Event log for messages from MYSQL

Check you dont have another MYSQL Server instance running.

How to Configure SKYPE so it does not require port 80 or 443

Run SKYPE then using the menus do this: Tools -> Options -> Advanced -> Connection Un-Check the checkbox next to 'Use port 80 and 443 as alternatives for incomming connections' Now restart SKYPE for these changes to take effect.

If you are running Windows 8 SKYPE comes as an app and this cannot ( as yet ) be configured in this way. However if you uninstall the SKYPE app and install SKYPE in the old way, you can reconfigure it, and it works just as well.