I’m trying to configure two computers to receive the same messages. One computer is a XP Pro Desktop and one is a Laptop running Windows 7 Home edition. Both are using Thunderbird 13.0.1 & pointing to my Gmail account.
Thunderbirds options setting on both of the computers are configured identical and checked to leave messages on the server.
Sometimes both computers are on and running Thunderbird at the same time using the same home router.
My Gmail setting on the web is set to POP 3 not IMAP.
I also have 2 additional POP3
emails accounts configured in Thunderbird on the Desktop computer & will configure the laptop the same after figuring out the correct procedure..
The laptop was just setup a few days ago and I thought that it would download all my messages still showing on the Gmail account web site. It didn’t and now I only receive new messages on one of the computers, I assume the first computer to query the mail server gets the message.
I experimented by enabling the IMAP option on webs Gmail setting and reconfigured Thunderbird ports and inbound mail server to IMAP@gmail.com
but no joy.. And I also received errors when trying to send test mail, so now both computers are reset to POP 3 setting.
I really don’t want to removed my Desktops POP 3 account and lose all my folders & messages just to start fresh account using IMAP.
Would it help if I used one of my other emails accounts default outgoing smtp
server as the “default” server to receive my Gmail messages on one of the computers?
I assume I could try creating a new IMAP account on both computers then test to see if messages will appear on both no matter who’s on first, then move my folders/messages from the POP 3 account before deleting it, but curious as to if it’s the best method.
Can both POP 3 and IMAP work in 3 different accounts on Thunderbird at the same time?
Is what I’m trying to do not possible and I’m just spinning my wheels?
Another problem is exporting and importing address books from Gmail.. Earlier versions of Thunderbird were so much easier… Can I just copy the file “abook.mab” from my desktops “user” profile to the new laptop Thunderbird “user” profile?
Thanks in advance for any advise.