Forum OpenACS Development: Re: the connection was refused when attempting to contact localhost:8000
did you look in the AOLserver error log? There is probably an error message in the log if your server didn't start up.
take a look at your server's log file
make sure everything is set up in the config file
port 80 instead if 8000
try to start with 80 instead of 8000, maybe it was just this litlle detail.