If is unable to do a search in my MOSS website and when tried search, you got an error: “The search request was unable to connect to the search service.” when you tried to do a full crawl, then it hangs there with “Starting” stage, Then you tried to stop and start the Office SharePoint search in Central Admin, but you cannot stop it. It’s status shows “stopping”.
Here are the things you can try go get this issue solved:
stsadm -o osearch -action stop
stsadm -o osearch -action start