I have managed to thoroughly foul up Thunderbird to the point that I can neither receive nor send emails. I also use Gmail, but store all the emails I want to keep in Thu… (читать ещё)
I have managed to thoroughly foul up Thunderbird to the point that I can neither receive nor send emails. I also use Gmail, but store all the emails I want to keep in Thunderbird because it’s so much easier to create and manage folders. I have 1.61 gigs of emails dating back to 1996; many should have been deleted years ago, but quite a few are of sentimental value and a scant few have financial information I may need someday. The problem started a couple of days ago when I read a description of IMAP and thought I should make sure that Gmail and Thunderbird are always in sync (I know, I know, but it was late at night and I wasn’t hitting on all 8/6/4 cylinders). In that less-than-stellar state, I started following the instructions for setting up for IMAP as well as POP3, but apparently managed to make enough mistakes that when I tried to Get Messages it asked for a password, and rejected what I entered. I was sure that it was correct, but when I checked for saved passwords (via the Options menu) the only one it showed was for smtp.gmail.com, which was last changed more than a year ago. I cannot get it to accept any password that I can remember.
Clicked Get Messages. Thunderbird responded with Window titled Error with account GmailforVan. It contained the following message:
Sending of password for user vanw39 did not succeed. Mail server pop.gmail.com responded: Username and password not accepted.
Login to server pop.gmail.com with username vanw39 failed.
At one point I thought I had remembered the correct password, but when I entered it the following message appeared at the bottom of the screen:
GmailforVan: Connected to pop.gmail.com…
After a few moments, a window titled Activity Manager window popped up in the upper left corner with this message:
Connection to server pop.gmail timed out.
Can anyone help me get Thunderbird working again? Yes, I can send and receive email using Gmail, but I really want to get back all my saved messages.
If I make a copy of the folder that contains all my old messages, then deleted Thunderbird, reinstalled it, deleted my old account, then created a new account with the same email address, could I get access to those old messages?
It may be all I need to do is find my password but, if necessary, I can delete my account and start over (after backing up my mail folder). I really really hope someone can (and will) help.