Thanks for your help with this.
Lampp 1.8.1 running in VMware player. It was working fine until I made some changes to access phpmyadmin. The phpmyadmin was giving a not accessible error.
Following another post, I setup lampp security and added "Require all granted" to the httpd-xampp.conf file to enable phpmyadmin. Now after lampp start, the message "Error1! Couldn't start Apache!...Sorry, I have no idea what's going on." appears.