Hi thanks for the reply.
Yes I have completed the test mentioned above and still no luck.
I am using MAMP and the apache server is running on port 8888.
from the dashboard i can create forums topics and replies. However, i cant do any of this from the forum page directly. Additionally, I cant see the reply I created from the dashboard for a specific topic. If i go to the replies tab in my dashboard i can navigate to the reply that way but not from the forum. any help on this problem is much appreciated.