Thanks for pointing out the server is running on port 81. For some reason, it has no problem working on port 80 but once you delete the contents of:
phpmyadmin only works on port 81...
I tried to change the listen port from 81 to 80 in a few places including here:
but I had no luck.
There seems to be something in the magento htdocs folder that has an effect on this. I checked the .htaccess file but I don't see anything in there that would apply...