Ok I tried this at a friend's comp and it seems to work. I typed "mysqld --console" at the DOS prompt to start InnoDB.
However, on my own computer, this command gives the following errors:
030905 23:40:43 InnoDB: Operating system error number 32 in a file operation.
InnoDB: See http://www.innodb.com/ibman.html for installation help.
InnoDB: Error number 32 means 'Broken pipe'.
InnoDB: See also section 13.2 at http://www.innodb.com/ibman.html
InnoDB: about operating system error numbers.
InnoDB: File name .\ibdata1
InnoDB: File operation call: 'open'.
InnoDB: Cannot continue operation.
I installed MySQL using the binaries....can anybody help please?