13 Replies Latest reply: Aug 7, 2013 6:58 AM by Csound1
Dorothy Barnett Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

This started out being a problem with syncing mail with my iPhone, but I see that my mail account doesn't appear in Mail preferences anymore. I've tried checking the box beside "mail" under system preferences > Mail, Contacts & Calendars, then going to Mail preferences, but the account still doesn't show up. And when I go back to System Preferences, the box is not checked.

 

I've tried re-setting up my mail account, but it tells me that account already exists.

 

I've tried repairing permissions, but that didn't help.

 

I've tried disconnecting and re-connecting the modem (Mail inbox tells me "Unable to Connect" and Connection Doctor says IMAP and SMTP accounts could not connect.)

 

What should I do now???


Mac Pro, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2), 3.33 GHz 6-Core IntelXeon, 8 GB RAM
  • Csound1 Level 8 Level 8 (40,340 points)

    If the account is an Imap or Exchange account delete it (in Mail Contacts and Calendars) and in Mail as well if it survives. Then re-enter it using Mail Contacts and Calendars.

     

    If the account is POP you will need to back it up first,

  • Dorothy Barnett Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    My iCloud accounts are IMAP. Hopefully, they are all backed up in Time Machine. But doesn't deleting the account also delete all the emals connected to it?

  • Csound1 Level 8 Level 8 (40,340 points)

    So there are no accounts in Mail Contacts and Calendars, have you signed into iCloud and turned Mail on?

     

    Did you edit your reply, this is completely different from the notification I got?

     

    No you won't lose your mail, Imap accounts (if setup correctly) store the mail on the server, not the client.

  • Dorothy Barnett Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    Sorry -- yes I did edit. I have 5 aliases for my iCloud account. Will they all disappear? You can tell I'm reluctant to delete when it has been fine from the time iCloud was set up, and I made no changes in anything when this happened.

     

    Will this help? When I click on the exclamation triangle for iCloud mail, the "Unable to Connect" box comes up and says:

    The server returned the error: The server “p01-imap.mail.me.com” cannot be contacted on port 143

     

    When I check in the account preferences, it says Port 993 and Use SSL is checked. If I uncheck Use SSL, port 143 appears. But the box is checked, so shouldn't the computer be using port 993?

  • Csound1 Level 8 Level 8 (40,340 points)

    Your iCloud account is stored on the server unless you changed that by creating local folders.

     

    But as you are concerned backup your Mac before doing anything.

     

    You should be using 993, SSL on (incoming) and 587 SSL on (outgoing) But you should be using the automatic setup available in System Preferences>iCloud.

     

    A general understanding of POP vs Imap systems would also be an advantage, when you said:

    My iCloud accounts are IMAP. Hopefully, they are all backed up in Time Machine. But doesn't deleting the account also delete all the emals connected to it?

    You specified Imap but were concerned about consequences that apply to POP systems.

  • Dorothy Barnett Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    I must admit a lack of understanding here.

     

    I thought time machine backs up everything I tell it to. In this case, all my mail folders, whether IMAP or POP, no?

     

    How do I change port configurations? I thought that was automatic. I haven't touched them, so why, all of a sudden, is this a problem?

  • Csound1 Level 8 Level 8 (40,340 points)

    I must admit a lack of understanding here.

     

    I thought time machine backs up everything I tell it to. In this case, all my mail folders, whether IMAP or POP, no?

     

    How do I change port configurations? I thought that was automatic. I haven't touched them, so why, all of a sudden, is this a problem?

    Time Machine does backup everything. When did it last run?

     

    Why are you playing with port configurations (you brought it up) if you are using automatic configuration, or are you. Tell me how you entered this email account, exactly please.

     

    PS

     

    I just noticed this:

    I thought time machine backs up everything I tell it to.

    Are you attempting to control TM somehow, are you trying to choose what gets backed up (either by using exclusions or some 3rd party junk?)

     

    What did you 'tell' TM to do?

  • Dorothy Barnett Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    I'm not playing with port configurations. I haven't touched them. I brought it up because, as I said, when I clicked on the triangle in mail that indicates I'm not connected, the box that came up mentioned about the port.

     

    Time Machine last backed up at 8:26 this morning.

     

    Yes, I used automatic configuration. I just followed the directions. Remember, this has all been working fine until yesterday, when I noticed my mail in my iPhone was not appearing on my computer's Apple Mail. So for months (since getting this computer 11-12), mail has been working just fine -- until now.

  • Csound1 Level 8 Level 8 (40,340 points)

    In System Preferences>iCloud, switch mail off, reboot and switch it back on.

  • Dorothy Barnett Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    Well, that was amazing! Problem fixed!

     

    Thank you so very much!

  • Csound1 Level 8 Level 8 (40,340 points)

    You're welcome

  • Dorothy Barnett Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    I hope your points went way up!

  • Csound1 Level 8 Level 8 (40,340 points)

    Thanks, I am but an also ran in the points derby, but yours helped.