Got a server that keeps abending upon startup

I did a server -ns -na -nl

Loads fine

I then did a c:\nwserver\startup.ncf

However, if I then type:

loadstage 1 (as per the TID's)

(and I've seen this on virtually every NW 6.5 server I've tried this on)
I get:

STARTUP.NCF must be executed beforing executing stage 1-4

(yes, that is NOT a typo. It says: "beforing")

Any particular reason why it behaves this way? And I can pretty much
reproduce at will on any of our servers.