Topic: map.root failing time and time again

I'm working in rails 2.3.14 and have followed the instructions in this guide … arted.html to the letter and I can't seem to get the app to route to map.root :controller => "home"

I've deleted, moved and renamed the index file with no effect.
I've edited the routes.rb.
I've generated the controller.

The only thing that happens when I delete the index file is that I get a 404 instead of the "Welcome Aboard" page

I'm not having any luck and I've been trying for hours.
Thanks to anyone who can offer a little troubleshooting.

As you may have guessed - total, total noob here.. I'm just trying to get started and begin learning. I'd like to follow the guide to the letter if I can.