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Thread: Thunderbird broke.

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial Xerus

    Unhappy Thunderbird broke.

    Hi guys:

    I've been battling a problem for the last few weeks with Thunderbird 24.1.0. I have reinstalled 12.04.3 LTS 3 times now as that seems to be the only way to fix the problem. The problem... Thunderbird works ok for awhile (few days or so) then all of a sudden when I go to write an email in Thunderbird I have problems. The write window will come up and I am able to add recipients and a subject. When I go to type the message however nothing happens no text nothing. Also I use several made up templates to send emails out on. If I look at them in the template folder they are ok. But when I open them all the text and other things in the message area are gone and I can not type there either. I have searched and searched for the problem but have not found any matching cases. But it does seem that Thunderbird has been a problem of late. Just do not know where to start looking for the problem. Is it an update,video drivers, or perhaps an application I have installed? Just do not know where to start. I really need my email. Any help is appreciated.
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  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    I think I'm here! Maybe?

    Re: Thunderbird broke.

    I would start by exporting all your addressbook to a file for backup, to restore later and renaming the hidden .thunderbird folder in your /home as .thunderbirdOLD. Don't delete it as it will have all your emails and settings which can be copied back later.

    I suspect a corruption somewhere in your profile which hopefully this will overcome by making a new profile. If that works you can get all your mail and contacts back again quickly
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  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Southern California
    Lubuntu 12.10 Quantal Quetzal

    Re: Thunderbird broke.

    I've been having this problem for months. Just upgraded to the latest Ubuntu, and I'm STILL having it. A corrupted TB profile didn't occur to me--that's a good idea. Thanks for the tip!
    "He who lives by the penguin, dies by the penguin."
    (at least 'till he figures out what he's doing!)

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