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Hi! I finally have a good install with mandrake 10. And even got on the net, but for the life of me I cannot figure out how to read my email. I have tried to configure KMail that is part of Kontact but had no luck please help.
First off, you need to get yourself an email account; this is usually provided by your ISP. (Provided you're online 24/7, you can also run one yourself if you like; I recommend using qmail if you want to do this).
There are other email clients that you could use, but I recommend sticking with KMail, or upgrading to the latest release of Gnome and using evolution (I say this because I've read good usability reviews about the latest release).
From your ISP you need to find out the hostname of the machine upon which your email account (mailbox) is, which incoming protocol to use (POP3 or IMAP), which SMTP server to use and your email address.
In theory, they know this information and will be able to tell you; some ISPs aren't so good at doing this, so you might also want to try Google (there are various sites that list this information for various ISPs).
For your outgoing mail, you just need to enter the SMTP (outgoing mail) server and email address, and kmail should sort out the rest.
For your incoming mail, you will need to tell it your incoming server, username (normally your email address before the @ sign, or the same username as for your internet connection) and password (usually the same as for your internet connection). You will also need to tell it the protocol; try IMAP first, then POP3 if that doesn't work.
If you have any other problems, please post here saying who your ISP is.
I use two machines:
the first is running debian 3.1 (at the university)... I'm not root
the second, at home runs mandrake 10.1
I use Kmail (EXACT SAME SETTINGS) on both...
the one at home (56K modem running @ 14k god bless those linuxant creeps as well as winmodems in general) can send and receive mail normaly. The one at the university gives me a SMTP error...
I know I'm not that helpfull but anyway, maybe Kmail is not the perfect client, maybe try mozilla-thunderbird or mutt ( thats dirty)...
when I try to connect to Kmail the error message is cannot connect to host localhost. Maybe I don't Know how to configurer Kmail or set it up properly. I am brand new to this and have been a windows user all my computing days I am not familiar with the command line at all but have been reading and reading. I hope to someday be a newbie that can use the net send and receive email scan documents burn cd's etc
I did get my email up and running but without help from this forum. When I have posted before I have never gotten help here, is it because I am too much of a newbie and to stuid to know how to ask or what to ask that I get no help. I got this going all by myself.
there is no such thing as being too much of a newbie, or being too stupid...sometimes the people who can help solve your problems might now be around when you are...so it seems like answers are less than forthcoming...frustrating? sure, especially for a newbie...but after a year, i still consider myself a newbie, so it's not that you're too new.
i'm sure a lot of people would appreciate if you posted here how you fixed it, in case someone like yourself discovers they have the same problem tomorrow...then they can read how you fixed it...
Originally posted by UGT001 I did get my email up and running but without help from this forum. When I have posted before I have never gotten help here, is it because I am too much of a newbie and to stuid to know how to ask or what to ask that I get no help. I got this going all by myself.
Your not to much of a newbie to ask questions but, like anybody new to anything, your questions lack information. I've learned that if you give detailed information early on that you'll get a faster more accurate response. When you post give as much information about the problem as possible, even if it's just frozen. If there are any error messages associated write down or somehow store what it says and then post it. A perfect example is your Kmail quandry. There could be a quadrillion things wrong but if you give us more info it's not hard to narrow down the problem.
Also if you have any friends that use linux, see if they can help. Having worked on computers since I was 5 and having been adept enough to open them up and repair them since I was 12 (I'm now 19) I can atest to the difficulty of long range tech support. I once had someone call me for help. He spent 30 minutes explaining the problem and I couldn't make heads or tails of it so I went over and it turned out he was trying to start his computer with a non-bootable floppy in the drive. And I'm sure that anyone who works on computers are has worked telephone tech support has similar stories.
Just remember when you ask about a problem, be as specific as possible and we'll try our best to help.