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Tomcat 4.1.24 CoyoteConnector Stops responding

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During high volume usage Tomcat's CoyoteConnector stops responding. WHY?

I have a web site that gets about 500,000 page views/day. The current architecture is on Win2K Server Tomcat 4.1.24 + mod_jk 1.2.4 + Apache 1.3.28. During the peak times of the usage the Coyote Connector stops responding, and I cannot find the reason. Driving me mad.
I know that tomcat is not crashing because the process is still alive and it also responds to the calls made thru port 8080 the http connector.
I also know that it is not the database that causes the error, because I have other app servers that can use the database.
I think the problem is not caused by running out of threads since the same problem occurs even when the maxProcessors is set to an absurd number like 9000.
I am sure that the bottleneck is not apache, because even though I open up the connector to accept connections from all IP addresses, when the connector stops responding and apache starts giving 500 errors, I cannot connect to the port 8009. Therefore, I am pretty sure the source of the problem is in the Connectors. WHY?!?!? PLEASE HELP!

The current connector configuration:
   <Connector className="org.apache.coyote.tomcat4.CoyoteConnector"
               address="127.0.0.1" port="8009" minProcessors="50" maxProcessors="1256"
               enableLookups="true" redirectPort="8443"
               acceptCount="300" debug="0" connectionTimeout="20000"
               useURIValidationHack="true"
               protocolHandlerClassName="org.apache.jk.server.JkCoyoteHandler" />

PS: I also tried to have 4 of these connectors running from different ports with modjk loadbalancing, however, they all go down one by one.
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