.htaccess file being read but not functioning

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http://www.linuxquestions.org – As said, my .htaccess file for a website I'm tweaking wont work correctly. I know the .htaccess file is being read because if I put random letters inside of the .htaccess file at the top, going to the page on a browser returns a 500 error mod_rewrite is enabled. I have a if statement in the .htaccess file to only run the code if the module is enabled/installed. (I have made sure it is by doing the first item listed but inside of the if statement; 500 error) OS: Linux version 3.8.0-25-generic (buildd@roseapple) (gcc version 4.7.3 (Ubuntu/Linaro 4.7.3-1ubuntu1)) Ubuntu 13.04 Apache2 Version: Ap (HowTos)