Although your story is coherent, it is lacking in details. OS, project settings, screenshot of the error message, disk setup, etc. That additional info is the least required to go on this fishing trip to find the cause.
I currently do not have the computer connected to a network so I'm not sure what server it is looking for.
My guess would be Resource Central, a new feature in CS4. It's tab is located next to the Project tab.
As Harm said, it's hard to tell what's going on without more information, but if I were to throw something at the wall, I'd guess that it has something to do with the activation/licensing process. Has this computer ever been connected to the Internet, in order to let the CS4 suite be activated?
Thank you very much for your help. I will give it a try.
No, it has never been connected to the internet. However, I was able to
create a new project earlier in the week. Is the activation issue
something that would eventually kick in and not immediately cause a
problem. In any event, I will try to connect it to the internet to see
what happens. Thank you very much for the response.
I believe you get something like a 30-day full-functioning "trial" from the licensed install discs before you're locked out, if you don't activate over the Internet. It used to be a more manual process, but with CS4, it's done during install as long as you do have a live Internet connection. Again, from the information, it's hard to tell what's actually happening (ie. what's the message box that appears say?), but you could try plugging into the Internet and then going to Help > Activate from any of the suite apps.