You changed the values for the
exclude_category options to
category='5' exclude_category='4,7,9,8'… these values you changed them to effectively prevent any entries from actually being displayed. So, it is not as it was. Changing it back to what you said you had in the other post and it works because those settings do allow entries to be shown. I left it as
category='5' exclude_category='4,7,9,8' because that is what you changed it to. I suggest double checking the categories ID/s to ensure you do not exclude everything from being displayed.
Hope that helps!