Parse Error: unexpected '{' when trying to install

Got the following error when I began to install...

All directories were installed on the server
MySQL 5 Server setup
Using FTP Leech for the uploads
Confirmed the access permissions on the directories.

Here's the error...

Parse error: parse error, unexpected '{' in /home/content/v/e/e/veehikle1/html/omeka/install/install.php on line 16

If I go look at the file.....(install.php)

try {
$db = $core->getDb();

//Build the database if necessary
$show_tables_sql = "SHOW TABLES";
//Ensure that we don't confuse Omeka if there are already tables in the DB
if($db->prefix) $show_tables_sql .= " LIKE '$db->prefix%'";
$res = $db->query($show_tables_sql);
$tables = $res->fetchAll();
line 16 is the try comment....

Any ideas...?
Not a real computer geek...but I'm willing to learn....

Could you do me a huge favor and double check that you have PHP5 enabled? The 'try' keyword only works in PHP5 so it would cause a fatal error if you didn't have the right version of PHP installed on your web host.

I received the following error message after transferring Omeka to a server running PHP 5.2:

Parse error: syntax error, unexpected T_STRING, expecting T_OLD_FUNCTION or T_FUNCTION or T_VAR or '}' in /nfsn/content/teaching/public/omeka/application/libraries/Omeka/Core.php on line 14


That fixed it....and it installed fine. We're up and running with the pilot...

We're now running on PHP 5.x.

Now I have to go and see what else broke out there on the site!