i did use setup.asp and for an old reason it didnt upload the version on the forum, but for some odd reason, it didnt update the forum version. i was going to try and look at it later when i had time on why it didnt upgrade the version number. It said that the update was successful without any errors.
I found something that might lead us to a solution to this problem, the problem is that the date is not read properly from the cookie. it might be because the home page accidenty uses a diffrent config file than the forum, I saw a dot in the begining of the invlude call, which makes the system try to go to the parent directory
actually everything is using the same inc_header.asp and inc_config.asp file. Im not sure why it does it but I am pretty sure as you said that its with the dates. Ive just been busy lately I dont have time to look at it, and thats another reason why I gave Davio the FTP info so he can help out where he can.