Yes I know another Cron problem with version 1.9, but I honestly have looked through so many posts here and on Mage Forums and I have gotten nowhere.
So I have gone into my Cpanel (Magento 126.96.36.199) and have tried several different cron job calls. like
/usr/bin/php -f /home/exmaple/public_html/cron.php
php -f /home/example/public_html/cron.php
I also have the AOE plugin installed. I have generated a schedule in the plugin and also went in my phpmyadmin and the cron table has a list of jobs that are "pending". It one of the SE posts it mentioned adding "$isShellDisabled = true;" to the cron.php file. I also tried that.
For the longest time it said no heart beat until I disables the htaccess file in the root directory where my magento store is installed. From there I can type in the url/cron.php and it will show a blank page and I begin to receive emails and when i refresh AOE it shows the cron jobs processed. The cron.php and sh files are set to 644. If I disable htaccess and manually access the php file...it works and that is as close as I have gotten to getting the system to function. When I bring back the htaccess file i get the 404 default magento screen and nothing gets processed. I'm not sure how to fix this?