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I get this messege:
#1045 - Access denied for user 'root'@'localhost' (using password: YES)

I tried changing the password in phpMyAdmin config.inc.php from root to '' but all I got was
Cannot connect: invalid settings.

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Are you running mysql on localhost of the server where phpmyadmin source code is residing? If yes, then the answer by @toomanyairmiles will probably solve your issue. –  Prasad Dec 20 '12 at 10:20

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