I was able to successfully import the table, connect to db, and generate php service without any issues.
Set the max_execution_time to a larger number (say, 120) in your php.ini, and check if that solves your problem.
max_execution_time = 120 ;
Thanks for your reply, I gave that a shot, initially boosting it to 120 as suggested. I got the same error after 120 passed, the FB4 error duly noted that the length of time had expired (it said 120 instead of the old 30). So I then tried at 360. I also went to bed
When I woke up in the morning, the error was thusly:
Server error SQLSTATE[HY000]  Lost connection to MySQL server at 'reading initial communication packet', system error: 0
Any further thoughts? I thought maybe on the off-chance that my quals were awry, I tried every flavour of username/login to access my mysql db (reason being I didn't have u/p set up, but do now), but it's definately 'admin' and 'password'.
After further testing, and running through these steps on another machine (XPSP2, WAMP2, FB4b2), I got the same results; first the timeouts, and then the error after increasing the max execution var to 360. I really, really don't want to use my time debugging database tables or php configurations - I just want to get busy with some cool stuff. So if anyone has a wicked link that can help give me a crash course in debugging this stuff quickly, or any suggestions, I'm offering a free beer if you travel to Wellington
Not providing a port number in the mysqli call allows connection, I'm guessing my mysql program is not listening to port 80?
3306 is the default MySQL port number. You should specify this as your server port, unless your server is listening to a different port
Bingo. Sometimes it's the little things, thanks for the lesson in debugging sudhirm, I needed it!