I have posted this problem on 3 Forums including Mozilla Thunderbird and received one solitary genuine reply which did not provide a solution. I am now trying Geeks in my eternal quest for a more enthusiastic and hopefully more positive and successful response
I have been using Mozilla Thunderbird version 3.0.3 for quite some time with no problems.
A recent Mozilla automatic update downloaded, changing it to version 3.0.4. Automatic updates are routine.
Now, although TB seems to work OK as an Email system, when first opened or using GET MAIL I get a panel saying that the POP3 server TIMEOUT has expired :-
Looking on the net, I find many other users have had or have still got this problem. I have changed the default value of 100 using TOOLS>OPTIONS>GENERAL>CONFIG EDITOR to 600 or even 6,000, but it makes no difference.
It was suggested I go to my PROFILE folder using the START>RUN facility and %APPDATA%\thunderbird\profiles, which I then found and opened it with Notepad. I saw nothing on the list of Gobble-De-Gook that identified with Mail Timeout showing a value that I could change, so that was a waste of time. In any case, what is the point in having a convenient CONFIG EDITOR under TOOLS where the Timeout value CAN be changed, if one then has to fumble around blindly in the messy backwoods of a Profile Folder ?
Can the Geek of my dreams please explain why the POP3 server has suddenly developed a TIMEOUT allergy and HOW I can restore it back to my pre-Thunderbird update setting ?
It is of course worth reiterating that nothing on my system has changed, the TB version 3.0.3 worked perfectly and when updated to version 3.0.4 it does not. Seems elementary that the problem rests with Mozilla`s update. We have all had faulty updates from most software providers, I have had several, including Microsoft and Mozilla just cannot be immune. Absolute perfection is unattainable.
Finally, I do not think that Mozilla have selected John Bull out as the sole beneficiary for such special treatment.