Dreamhost IMAP Mail With Thunderbird - Need Help

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Post Posted October 10th, 2006, 3:40 pm

Does anyone else here use Dreamhost and download their mail with IMAP via Thunderbird.

This should be so simple and I cannot get pass an apparent password problem. Every time it prompts for my password, I enter it in and it tells me the login "failed".

I know my password and I'll tell you right now it is not being typo'ed.

Is there some special tweaks or nuances that one needs to do in order to get IMAP mail via Dreamhost to work with Thunderbird?

Thanks in advance,



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Post Posted October 10th, 2006, 4:02 pm

See if helps. I looked at and it never mentioned there are different login names for webmail and email clients.


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Post Posted October 10th, 2006, 5:09 pm

Dreamhost Thunderbird setup page:

Note that for the username you should enter ONLY your account name (the part of your email address before the @), not your full email address.

Also note, when I used to have an account at Dreamhost, I was given a user account number to use as my username when logging in, instead of my account name shown as part of my email address. It was a number preceded by an m, something like m12345678.
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Post Posted July 24th, 2010, 12:50 pm

This may help out other googling this problem in the future with thunderbird 3.1 etc etc.

while we all follow the instructions and make our user name what thunderbird doesn't do automatically is change the SMTP username as well... so with the new thunderbird almost ALL of it is done automatically EXCEPT for this one thing.

So once you set it up, view settings, fix the user name, go to "outgoing server (SMTP)" find the server for your dreamhost email, change the user name in that one as well...

This should save you a few hours of frustration.

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