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need help converting
« on: January 12, 2013, 11:13:41 AM »
Hi

Basically i paid somebody to build me some forums with vBulletin, long story short he screwed me over and deleted the forums.

The hosting site i use managed to recover all the posts, comments, members etc.
I have uploaded smf forums onto my site now and i am trying to send over all the details that were recovered from before the delete.

I honestly have no clue how to do this and i am a real novice when it comes to doing anything with the forums.
I also do not know for sure what vBulletin he even used, so am i best of just trying ever converter there is?

I would love it if somebody could post a link to maybe a yt video on how to convert or talk me through this.

Thanks!

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Re: need help converting
« Reply #1 on: January 12, 2013, 05:28:51 PM »
Hello,

Its bad to hear those, well its important to know which version vB you were using but with a backup you can try all converters.

SMF Converter does not require vBulletin core files but just a settings file which you can create easily. Converting is not a complex thing to do.
(Create a include folder and put config.php in it)
Code: (Config.php) [Select]
<?php

$servername 
'localhost';
$dbusername '';
$dbpassword '';
$dbname '';
$tableprefix '';

?>

1) Install a fresh SMF
2) Add SMF user to vBulletin database
3) Upload converter files and run convert.php
4) Enter the details (path to SMF/vBulletin)
5) Run.

More about converting: http://wiki.simplemachines.org/smf/Converting
Converters : http://download.simplemachines.org/?converters;software=vbulletin

vBulletin 4 (Beta Converter) : http://www.simplemachines.org/community/index.php?topic=404729.0
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Re: need help converting
« Reply #2 on: January 12, 2013, 06:59:12 PM »
hey man, thanks for the reply!

when you say create a include folder and put config in it, where do i create this file and how?

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Re: need help converting
« Reply #3 on: January 13, 2013, 02:37:49 AM »
You have to use a FTP client (FileZilla recommended). It will be a dummy folder to trick converter.
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Re: need help converting
« Reply #4 on: January 13, 2013, 07:42:32 AM »
man im really bad at this.

i still don't know what im doing lol.

could somebody maybe please skype me and talk me through this?

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Re: need help converting
« Reply #5 on: January 15, 2013, 07:56:21 AM »
How can i add a user to my VBulletin database and where should i find that database?

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Re: need help converting
« Reply #6 on: January 15, 2013, 10:28:49 AM »
Hello,

You have to use your Control Panel (cPanel,Plesk,DirectAdmin) which you got i don't know. There you can see databases menu click to it, and there you can add users to databases.
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Re: need help converting
« Reply #7 on: January 15, 2013, 03:38:53 PM »
hey, i have got to the converting part and i get this message on all converters:
Unable to find the settings for vBulletin 4.0. Please double check the path and try again.
but ofc with different converter versions.

any ideas?

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Re: need help converting
« Reply #8 on: January 15, 2013, 03:56:58 PM »
you have to create includes/config.php as i mentioned before. In the end it looks something like this.

vbulletin/includes/config.php so you can add vBulletin path and Converter can read config.php - converter has no full ownership or control on your server it uses config/settings files to reach databases.
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Re: need help converting
« Reply #9 on: January 16, 2013, 12:51:08 PM »
i put the config.php file with a capital C lol.

i get this message now :\

Sorry, the database connection information used in the specified installation of SMF cannot access the installation of vBulletin 4.0. This may either mean that the installation doesn't exist, or that the Database account used does not have permissions to access it.

The error that was received from the Database was: Incorrect database name

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Re: need help converting
« Reply #10 on: January 16, 2013, 02:04:11 PM »
May i ask SMF database user has permission to access vBulletin database (aka you added SMF user to vBulletin db right?)
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Re: need help converting
« Reply #11 on: January 16, 2013, 04:58:54 PM »
yea i did that

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Re: need help converting
« Reply #12 on: January 16, 2013, 05:46:19 PM »
Can you please check your vBulletin database and go Settings table there you can see "templateversion" which is your vBulletin version, maybe you are using wrong vBulletin Converter version.
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Re: need help converting
« Reply #13 on: January 18, 2013, 01:06:40 PM »
i have tried it with ever VB converter  :-\

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Re: need help converting
« Reply #14 on: January 18, 2013, 02:20:27 PM »
Sorry, the database connection information used in the specified installation of SMF cannot access the installation of vBulletin 2. This may either mean that the installation doesn't exist, or that the Database account used does not have permissions to access it.

The error that was received from the Database was: SELECT command denied to user 'teat_smf'@'localhost' for table 'user'

This is the message i am getting with 2 of the converters the others say incorrect database name, but im certain the database name is right because i deleted the forums and re-installed them.

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Re: need help converting
« Reply #15 on: January 20, 2013, 10:20:43 AM »
any ideas?

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Re: need help converting
« Reply #16 on: January 20, 2013, 11:43:25 AM »
Does the database user have ALL permissions associated with that DB?
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Re: need help converting
« Reply #17 on: January 20, 2013, 11:51:09 AM »
yes

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Re: need help converting
« Reply #18 on: January 21, 2013, 03:22:11 AM »
I can't see any other reason why it would throw this error. I will see if anyone else has some ideas.
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Re: need help converting
« Reply #19 on: January 21, 2013, 06:32:51 AM »
just so i am certain, you meant this right?


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Re: need help converting
« Reply #20 on: January 21, 2013, 11:35:48 AM »
Indeed.
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Re: need help converting
« Reply #21 on: January 23, 2013, 03:16:09 PM »
any ideas any1?

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Re: need help converting
« Reply #22 on: January 24, 2013, 02:07:04 AM »
In general I'd say it's always easier to use the same users and the same database (to stay on the safe side).
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Re: need help converting
« Reply #23 on: January 24, 2013, 04:33:36 PM »
so what should i do? lol

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Re: need help converting
« Reply #24 on: January 24, 2013, 04:45:45 PM »
well you can install SMF to vBulletin database and use same database/user, and try converting again.
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Re: need help converting
« Reply #25 on: January 27, 2013, 11:20:55 AM »
i don't understand what you mean