Thunderbird 3.1.3 Bug - Setup POP Mail

I downloaded Thunderbrid 3.1.3. I recommend DO NOT DOWNLOAD THUNDERBIRD 3.1.3!!! It cannot set up POP accounts. It’s a bug in their program. I am running Vista Home Premium 32 bit. The older 2.x version was running fine and I should’ve known better. According to their help for setting up mail on the thunderbird’s site listed here http://support.mozillamessaging.com/en-US/kb/Configure+an+Account it states to click on the Stop button then set up POP and change the settings before you click the Manual Setup. When I clicked on the Stop button Thunderbird 3.1.3 allowed me to edit the Incoming and Outgoing mail settings but that’s it. When I clicked the Manuel Setup it did nothing. When I clicked on the Retest Configuration it did nothing. The other button Create Account was greyed out and not clickable.

First step in setting up POP or IMAP in Thunderbird 3.1.3

Then I tried again by creating trying to set up a POP mail account. This time though when I clicked on the Stop button nothing happened. And when I clicked on the Manual Setup button nothing happened.

Click the stop button in Thunderbird 3.1.3 POP mail settings

Click the Stop button in Thunderbird 3.1.3 POP mail settings

Thunderbird automatically sets up IMAP

Thunderbird automatically sets up IMAP

I have no idea what those guys were thinking when they created this interface. It automatically tries to set things up with IMAP. Here’s an analogy: when you first start your car in the morning it’s set in Drive mode and so it’ll go 30 Km/hr without pressing the gas peddle. This program was not thoroughly tested I find and I believe they didn’t ask many people of this feature. I’m seriously thinking of abandoning Thunderbird. It’s too bad because I did like the older version.

Here are a few people who had this problem but it seems like they managed to set up the POP account:
http://getsatisfaction.com/mozilla_messaging/topics/how_to_add_a_pop_e_mailaccount_into_thunderbird_3_2_1

But notice that many people (who seem to be very technically aware) are having problems with setting up a simple POP account. If the techs are having problems then how much more will a non-technical user have problems? Also, I’m sure that many servers won’t like to have their files forever filled with emails because now Thunderbird users will be “encouraged” to set up their emails as IMAP. I do see IMAP advantages but this should be not automated.

Here is another Thunderbird 3.1.3 user who’s very upset: http://groups.google.com/group/mozilla.support.thunderbird/browse_thread/thread/7768a1c0ed91505c/c87147648f5f9806?lnk=raot

Temporary solution for setting up POP mail under Thunderbird 3.1.3

The temporary solution for this Thunderbird 3.1.3 bug is to click the Stop button immediately but I found this solution didn’t work for me. So what I do is wait till Thunderbird has automatically tried to configure the IMAP settings. Then there will be an Edit button to click on the right side as shown. Click it.

Thunderbird 3.1.3 Mail Account edit settings for incoming and outgoing

Thunderbird 3.1.3 Mail Account edit settings for incoming and outgoing

Then you’ll see these IMAP settings that Thunderbird has automatically tried to configure as shown:

Click the Edit button in Thunderbird 3.1.3

Click the Edit button in Thunderbird 3.1.3

I change the IMAP to POP and then I also changed the port to 110 which is the standard for receiving POP mail. I have already set up the outgoing servers so I select that one instead of the one that Thunderbird tried to configure. As a side note, I have my outgoing servers using port 26 rather than port 25. My particular ISP I believe tries to block port 25 since there is a lot of spam going through that port.

Change to port 110 and change to POP settings

Change to port 110 and change to POP settings. Change outgoing server.

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