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So I'm installing Drupal 7.10 manually on iPage. I'd rather not use their automated tool b/c I prefer to have maximum control and am concerned with customization issues afterward. I will, though, if it turns out doing this manually is too much of a pain. Anyway, I'm on the database settings page, and here are my settings:
database name: drupaldata
host: custsql-ipg17.eigbox.net (I got this from phpmyadmin)
I am getting the following error:
Failed to connect to your database server. The server reports the following message: SQLSTATE[HY000]  Lost connection to MySQL server at 'reading initial communication packet', system error: 111.
Does anyone have experience doing a manual Drupal install on iPage? Should I just use their automated tool?