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WSS 3.0 w/SP2 -- No Results matching your search were found

zooadmin asked
Last Modified: 2012-05-08
I recently installed WSS 3.0 with SP2 on a completely new machine.  This is a totally fresh install.  I'm just installing a brand new WSS 3.0 environment.  I chose the route that involves a web front end so that I could use SQL 2008 on the back end.  This is not going to be a heavily pounded machine so I chose to make this one server be both the web front end AND SQL 2008 server all in one.  The server's operating system is Windows 2003 Server (non-R2).

I can authenticate against AD.
I can create sites and web parts and such.
But, I cannot get the Search functionality to work.  I keep getting
    No results matching your search were found.
        1. Check your spelling. Are the words in your query spelled correctly?
        2. Try using synonyms. Maybe what you're looking for uses slightly different words.
        3. Make your search more general. Try more general terms in place of specific ones.
        4. Try your search in a different scope. Different scopes can have different results.

In the Application Log of the Event Viewer I am getting the following:
Type:  Warning
Source:  Windows SharePoint Server
Category: Gatherer
Event ID: 2436
The start address <sts3://SERVERNAMEHERE/contentdbid={249234a6-bd65-4d04-ae86-74aa0c3d73d1}> cannot be crawled.
Context: Application 'Search index file on the search server', Catalog 'Search'
      The object was not found.   (0x80041201)
For more information, see Help and Support Center at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/events.asp.

I have read countless posts on the matter and nothing seems to help.  Keep in mind that I am not a SharePoint nor a SQL guru.  Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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