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E-Mail Problem.

Old 28th Apr 2011, 06:59
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E-Mail Problem.

I have two computers, a desktop and a laptop, both running Outlook Express, same email address and server; and connected to the web via a router. Otherwise there is no connection between them.
I limit the number of inbox emails on the desktop down to 100 or less via deletion.
Not having used the laptop for emails this year I opened it up yesterday and it downloaded some 1900 emails going back to 1st January. These emails had previously been deleted via the desktop. So what is going on. ?? Today the laptop will not open up Outlook Express at all, probably tired from all those downloads yesterday. Is there a way to do a bulk erasure of inbox emails similar to deleted emails. Any help appreciated.
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Old 28th Apr 2011, 08:16
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1) Search for 'Outlook Express' and 'Corrupt'

2) I suspect you have the box ticked on the desktop for 'Leave a copy of messages on server' so they were not 'deleted'?
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Old 28th Apr 2011, 09:15
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If you trawl through C: drive, documents and settings, your identity, application data, identities, click on folder, you should find outlook express. In there is the inbox folder inbox.dbx. With OE closed change the .dbx to .old or something and restart OE. That will let OE get going again at least. You can always undo it by deleting the fresh inbox.dbx OE will create and renaming the .old file back again.
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Old 29th Apr 2011, 10:13
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Google 'POP3' and have a read of how it works. Looks like you've been leaving mails on the server. The ones you've deleted on your desktop were only copies that were downloaded to your desktop.

Renaming the inbox file will not change the situation as OE will create a new one, and will start downloading the same 1900 e-mails again.

See if you can change to an IMAP mailbox, that should give better results with setups such as these.
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Old 29th Apr 2011, 13:58
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RV - you still here?

IF you have web mail access with your host (you don't say who it is) you would do best to delete the emails via that before trying to connect via oE again.
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