WAMP MySQL Service will not start

I tried going to: C:\wamp\bin\mysql\mysql5.6.17\data and deleted the following:

auto.cnf, xxxxxxxxx.err, xxxxxxxxx.pid, ib_logfile0 and ib_logfile1

But I left the ibdata1 alone as it references all local databases. I then restarted wamp and it worked like a charm.

Error No. 2003: Can't connect to MySQL server on 'localhost' (or some other host)

simply means that connection is not possible for one of the following (or similar) reasons:

  • There is no MySQL server running at the specified host

  • Connection to the MySQL server is not allowed using TCP-IP. Check the 'skip-networking' setting in the MySQL configuration file (my.ini on Windows, my.cnf on Unix/Linux). It shall be commented out like '#skip-networking'. If it is not commented out, then do it and restart the MySQL server for the change to take effect.

  • Some networking issue prevents connection. It could be a network malconfiguration or a firewall issue. You need to allow the service mysql on windows firewall/ after you install wamp, restart ur pc. and start wamp

windows will ask is msqlnt.exe allowed to run and accept it then its fine.

If it doesn't work then:

Try turning off the windows firewall - if that fixes the problem, then turn it back on, and allow access to TCP/3306(default port)

  • When trying to connect to a MySQL server at an ISP this error message often indicates that direct connection to MySQL has been blocked. You must then use HTTP-tunneling or SSH-tunneling to connect.

Search for mysql-bin.index file, delete it, then restart MySQL.
This worked for me ;)