Browser Caching and GZip not working in Hummingbird

Nothing will turn on. I get the message that my .htaccess file has been updated, but it also says that "Gzip compression is not functioning properly" or "browser caching is not functioning properly".... anything I try to activate within HB does not function properly. I can't even turn the Uptime Monitor on, at all. Dead to the click.
Disabling the plugins didn't help either.