I am reposting because after 26 hours, I have somewhat narrowed my problem down.
Why is it that I can upload and resize an avatar, choose whichever folder I want place it in but, cannot get the media library to do the same.
I have gone into the backend settings and moved the directories around which made absolutely no difference, the urls stayed the same.
I understand that the files when uploaded go into a folder in wp-content/blogs.dir/files/1/2009/10 and that the "finished product" is to go into a folder in the wordpressmu root directory called "blog" to a folder called "files" (which by the way doesn't exist I even created said same without any luck)
What functions/scripts differ between the way uploads are handled via the media gallery/upload dialogue in the "editors" box and the way an avatar is uploaded and handled (I have in fact uploaded some HUGE avatar files that got thumb nailed down quite nicely)
Yes I realize I was foolish enough to go out spend money on a real server versus going out and grabbing freebsd and apache and spending hours with a text editor creating configs, and exploding tulips and then like, but this makes absolutely no sense. All worked fine when I was running 2.7
Anyone? Thank you