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Good Day Everyone!
I've got a goofy problem with Mac Mail in OS X 10.4.11
The problem is new in the last couple of weeks. I don't remember changing anything. Here's the situation:

I have two profiles on my computer. I call them "Work Stuff" & "Real Life"
In Real Life, if I write an E-Mail & click "Send" a box pops up and says it can not use the selected server. I'm prompted to try another server (I have 4 E-Mail accounts. 3 of them show up to choose from- All are the same ISP). I try another one & it still fails. It won't try the alternative. I tried Preferences to force another one, but it still stays at the one it wants.

Example: If I have E-Mails of ABC@ISP.com DEF@ISP.com, GHI@ISP.com & JKL@ISP.com- I'm sending from ABC. It will pop up with JKL as the server. & ask me to select an alternative, but only ABC, DEF & JKL will be in the list. I can go to Preferences & tell it to use ABC when I'm sending from ABC, but it won't be ABC next time, back to JKL.

It puts the message in the outbox. If I go there & double click it & click "Sent" it sends fine, right away. This happens every time I send a message. Second try is the charm.

If I use the profile 'Work Stuff" I never have a problem sending. They go out on the first click of "Send"

I looked at all mail settings for every account & for both profiles. They all match. They also match my wife's computer settings.

I tired asking my ISP (ATT). They said "I dunno... Use our mail program."

I searched this forum & didn't find the answer (but learned a whole lot of useful things about Mail. Thank You All!)

Is there, perhaps, a Plist I can dump to get things working correctly? Is there something I'm missing in my diagnosis?

Thanks for all of your help! I know this isn't life threatening, but it is kind of pesky! (Especially when I forget to re-send. oops!)
Paul
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You can try whacking the preference file to see if that resolves the problem. It's located in ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.mail.plist


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Thank you for the suggestion Lifeisabeach!
Before I dive in, after I ditch the plist & re-enter my mail settings, will the existing in boxes, outboxes & sent items still be there, or do they get blasted away?
Paul
PS: Sorry for the delayed response. I couldn't log in for a day or two. The administration fixed it for me. (Someone or an autobot repeatedly tried to log in as me with the wrong password)
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Thank you for the suggestion Lifeisabeach!
Before I dive in, after I ditch the plist & re-enter my mail settings, will the existing in boxes, outboxes & sent items still be there, or do they get blasted away?
Paul
PS: Sorry for the delayed response. I couldn't log in for a day or two. The administration fixed it for me. (Someone or an autobot repeatedly tried to log in as me with the wrong password)
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You won't lose any mail, although if you have any custom folders, you may have to re-create those. Rather than deleting the plist, just move it to the Desktop. If this doesn't fix the problems, or something unforeseen happens, you can move it back.


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Thank you very much Lifeisabeach!

I'll try it today (as I wait for the rain to stop).
Thanks for the move it to the desktop idea. A fail safe, that's for sure.
Paul
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Good Morning Lifeisabeach & Everyone Reading This Thread-

I dumped the plist to the desktop.
Upon opening the Mail app, I re-set up my mail accounts.
I sent a bunch of test messages from each account.

Everything worked perfectly.

Thank you for your help. It is greatly appreciated!
Paul
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