Now everything that worked before comes to a blank screen however I can execute the program with PHPEd.
This bombs out on my laptop:
With Status Code:500 Internal Server Error
This works on my laptop using either PHPEd or the URL address line.
http://localhost:808... ... _query.php
I tried changing the connection to mysqli and changed from localhost to 127.0.0.1 but that didn't solve to problem. I did not see any port info in PHPINFO and wonder if there is a problem between 3306 and 8080.