I am new to postgresql and am having problems connecting to the server. I am wanting to run PostGIS but can't seem to get PostregSQL to work. I just installed the latest version (8.4) on a Dell Inspiron 5150 running Windows XP Service Pack 3. I am following the tutorial at:
"Getting Started With PostGIS: An almost Idiot's Guide"
I started pgAdmin III and double clicked on the server "PostgreSQL 8.4(localhost:5432). I gave my password and got the message:
Server doesn't listen
The server doesn't accept connections: the connection library reports
could not connect to server: Connection refused (0x0000274D/10061) Is the server running on host "127.0.0.1" and accepting TCP/IP connections on port 5432?
I have read a couple other threads about this problem and I think I have narrowed down my problem to the port 5432 connection. I turned off Windows firewall, and typed "ping 127.0.0.1" at the command prompt. The ping worked. I then tried "telnet 127.0.0.1 5432" at the command prompt and received "could not open connection to the host, on port 5432: Connect failed".
My postresql.conf file has listen address set to "*" and port set to 5432.
I am a biologist, not a computer expert, and have no idea how to get port 5432 to work. I would appreciate any help or suggestions you could provide.
Department of Zoology
University of Hawaii
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