Admin Ads & Admin Messages

Both of these plugins don't seem to work. After you type in some text, then hit "update options" the text box goes to a small squished up window and does nothing else. If no text is entered and I hit "update options" it seems to work, which really does nothing. Where in the database does it store this text? Maybe i am missing the fields? or if it updates a php file, maybe it needs permissions to it?