Thunderbird keeps trying to install a news server

Discussion in 'Firefox' started by Gualtier Malde, Aug 22, 2007.

  1. Greetings

    I am using Tbird 2.0.0.6 in Windows 2000 SP4. A trusted source in another
    newsgroup send the following: news://rec.video.desktop/ and I put it in a
    browser address bar and clicked on it, and it came up in Tbird as a new news
    server. Problem is that it really isn't a server and I tried to Remove using
    Tools, Account Settings. That worked, but each time I open Tbird there it is
    back again, and the server Wizard screen is there asking questions.

    How do I find the switch that is doing this and tell it to stop?

    Chuck
     
    Gualtier Malde, Aug 22, 2007
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  2. Gualtier Malde wrote:
    > Greetings
    >
    > I am using Tbird 2.0.0.6 in Windows 2000 SP4. A trusted source in another
    > newsgroup send the following: news://rec.video.desktop/ and I put it in a
    > browser address bar and clicked on it, and it came up in Tbird as a new news
    > server. Problem is that it really isn't a server and I tried to Remove using
    > Tools, Account Settings. That worked, but each time I open Tbird there it is
    > back again, and the server Wizard screen is there asking questions.
    >
    > How do I find the switch that is doing this and tell it to stop?
    >
    > Chuck


    as long as you've got news:// in front of it, then TB will
    think its a news server.

    Let TB set it up as a regular news account. Then click on
    Tools, Account Settings, select the account, and under
    Server Settings, near the bottom right, look for Local
    Directory. This will tell you the location on your hard
    drive of where its located. Now, remove the account. Close
    the program. Using your file manager, locate the New
    directory within your TB profile and remove any files left
    over. Remove the directory for rec.video.desktop. Now,
    look for a file called prefs.js and open that in any texted
    based editor. Now, locate any lines there when you looked
    at the local directory above. Save that file, reopen TB.
    Any luck this time?

    --
    Please do not email me for help. Reply to the newsgroup
    only. And only click on the Reply button, not the Reply All
    or Reply to Author. Thanks!

    Peter Potamus & His Magic Flying Balloon:
    http://www.toonopedia.com/potamus.htm
     
    Peter Potamus the Purple Hippo, Aug 22, 2007
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  3. Peter Potamus the Purple Hippo wrote:
    > Gualtier Malde wrote:
    >> Greetings
    >>
    >> I am using Tbird 2.0.0.6 in Windows 2000 SP4. A trusted source in
    >> another newsgroup send the following: news://rec.video.desktop/ and I
    >> put it in a browser address bar and clicked on it, and it came up in
    >> Tbird as a new news server. Problem is that it really isn't a server
    >> and I tried to Remove using Tools, Account Settings. That worked, but
    >> each time I open Tbird there it is back again, and the server Wizard
    >> screen is there asking questions.
    >>
    >> How do I find the switch that is doing this and tell it to stop?
    >>
    >> Chuck

    >
    > as long as you've got news:// in front of it, then TB will think its a
    > news server.
    >
    > Let TB set it up as a regular news account. Then click on Tools,
    > Account Settings, select the account, and under Server Settings, near
    > the bottom right, look for Local Directory. This will tell you the
    > location on your hard drive of where its located. Now, remove the
    > account. Close the program. Using your file manager, locate the New
    > directory within your TB profile and remove any files left over. Remove
    > the directory for rec.video.desktop. Now, look for a file called
    > prefs.js and open that in any texted based editor. Now, locate any
    > lines there when you looked at the local directory above. Save that
    > file, reopen TB. Any luck this time?
    >

    Thank you Mister Potamus. I am going to save your instructions but after 6-7
    times of having this happen when Tbird came up, it didn't do it this time. It
    may finally have given up.

    Chuck
     
    Gualtier Malde, Aug 23, 2007
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