Figured out that I was not running slashd. Started slashd with arg 'xxxxxx' this is apparently the "username" for DBIx::Password. I could not figure out where the files containing acct info for DBIx::Password are stored. This fixed problem with missing comment count and added topic icons to top of page.
Did not manage to get
If anyone knows of any good slashcode based sites, a pointer to them would be much appreciated.