tedster - 4:42 pm on Oct 27, 2010 (gmt 0)
So the problem was essentially a file path issue while testing on your local machine. yes, the presence or absence of an opening "/" is far from a trivial issue in any file reference, and yes - it will be different on a server.
You can run server software on your local computer for testing purposes. I've had good results with Server To Go [server2go-web.de] It's very lightweight and it runs mySQL and PHP, too.