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Microsoft Sharepoint Install Error - Latin1_General_BIN

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When installing sharepoint services 3.0 I run into the below error when selection of my server and database has been input.  I am running Microsoft Server 2005.

I found some information on the web which points to a SQL Server re install but I am hoping this is not true.

The specified SQL server instance has invalid sort order Latin1_General_BIN.  Choose a server instance that performs case-insensitive and non-binary comparisons.

Any help appreciated.   Richard
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You could do one of two things.

You could reconfigure your SQL server (the instance that you are trying to connect to) to have the correct Collation (which is where I think your problem lies).  

If this cannot be done, you could create a new instance and set the correct collation on that, and then have SharePoint try to connect back.

This should work.  I ran into this error sometime last year and used this tip from a friend of mine to have everything working nicely.
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Also just a thought after asking my DBA friend (sitting in the cube next to me ^-^):
She seems to think that collation cannot be changed on system databases, thus if you are trying to connect back to them for some reason you will have to uninstall/reinstall SQL on that server.

Of course, SharePoint creates all of the databases it needs, so I don't think that's an issue...just thought I'd post it as a tip.
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