I have SQL Server on a laptop running Windows XP Pro. I'm able to connect to the SQL Server instance on our server ok, but there seems to be something wrong with the local service on the laptop. Whenever I use the SQL Service manager to start the service it starts then automatically stops. When I try to do the same thing through the control panel services manager I get a message saying that the service started then stopped and that this happens for some services when they have no work to do.
Any ideas? PS - I am a relative SQL Server newbie.