So with no help from the Rails Forum here I got everything working on
Windows Vista Ultimate x64 after reading multiple threads and playing around with different versions/combinations of Rails,Mysql.
Heres the details if anyone else has this operating system and wants to play with Ruby/ruby on rails.
First of all you can’t run the latest stable Mysql database(5.1.30-win32) as there are issues, also you cannot run the 64 bit version of Mysql as that won’t work either since Rails only has the 32 bit driver/gem. Both install and work fine on Vista but problems happen when playing with rails. So you need to install mysql-5.0.67-win32(I put on essential). After installing reboot the pc. Then run instance to configure Mysql. If you selected to update the path in the installation I believe that works just fine, simply type path in a command prompt to verify.
I wasn’t able to find a one-click installer for 1.8.7 ruby and had issues with the binaries so I am still currently running 1.8.6-27.
You then need to add c:/Ruby/bin to your path.
Once installed you will have Ruby gems 1.2.0 which do not successfully update via the normal update command. So what you have to do is
>gem install rubygems-update
and that will get you up to the 1.3.1 version
>gem install rails
gets you to 2.2.2 just fine
I then ran
>gem install mysql
>gem install mongrel –include-dependencies
So my successful setup has:
and everything works great so far.