I am eager to find out if the phpmyamdin etc is up to date as that in itself could cause issues with modern browsers etc
Not really, phpmyadmin is simply an administration tool to handle and manipulate the data within the database. It's the same as any web program such as a forum. It's completely seperate to the website itself and the database but simply provides a user friendly interface to the database engine. The latest versions of phpmyadmin come equipped with ajax which i find a bit frustrating for various reasons. The older version is much simpler to use.
I need a new signature... i'm bored of the old one!