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    Unhappy Can't get email to work

    I just did a full install of Ubuntu 10.04 on my wife's computer, and set up Thunderbird, it wouldn't work, then Evolution, and it won't work either. Thunderbird does nothing at all when I click on receive, and Evolution keeps asking for the POP password, which I fill in, and it rejects. My wife is very unhappy, and so am I. I've done new installs several times and never had a problem like this before. Any help would be appreciated.
    Steve

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    Re: Can't get email to work

    Why type of account are you attempting to access? (Yahoo, Hotmail, Gmail, etc.)
    Do you have all your port numbers configured correctly to work with that email account?
    Are you sure you are using the correct username/password?

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    Re: Can't get email to work

    ISP email, _____@embarqmail.com. It works on the ISP webpage, but not with Thunderbird or Evolution.

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    Re: Can't get email to work

    Check your incoming and outgoing server settings, it looks like you should have the following:

    Incoming mail: pop.centurylink.net (previous posts suggest to use pop.embarqmail.com for those email addresses)
    Incoming port: 110

    Outgoing mail: smtp.centurylink.net (previous posts suggest to use smtp.embarqmail.com for those email addresses)
    Outgoing port: 25

    See item #7 from here for the above information source.

    Looks like your username should be your full email address: xxxxxxx@embarqmail.com

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    Re: Can't get email to work

    when I have trouble like this it's "always" my user name. Some providers want the complete email address, and others only the part before @

    Topsiho

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    Re: Can't get email to work

    Quote Originally Posted by Topsiho View Post
    when I have trouble like this it's "always" my user name. Some providers want the complete email address, and others only the part before @
    Haha, yea - this is always the first thing I check as well

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    Re: Can't get email to work

    Thanks for the suggestions. Thunderbird is working now. I had originally used the wrong password. It needed to be closed and reopened with the right password. Evolution, on the other hand, still won't work, but my wife doesn't care about Evolution anyway, so I'm not going to worry about it.

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    Re: Can't get email to work

    At least it was a nice and simple fix for Thunderbird If it is working now, please mark this thread as "Solved" under "Thread Tools"

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