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SQL Server 2005 - cannot log in to my "local" SQL Server

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I am unable to connect to my "local" SQL Server.  When I try to connect, I get the following error message:

a network related or instance specific error occurred while establishing a connection to SQL Server.  The server was not found or was not accessible.  Verify that the instance name is correct and that SQL Server is configured to allow remote connections.  

I have started working more recently with PHP and MySQL, so I haven't worked on anything in SQL Server for many months.  However, I have not changed anything on my PC.  Why, suddenly, would it stop working?  I can connect to any remote sites - just not my PC.  

Do I need to reinstall and reconfigure SQL Server?  I hope this isn't the case...
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See link below and try the section titled "Enable remote connections for SQL Server 2005 Express or SQL Server 2005 Developer Edition"

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/914277
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