TechRepublic Questions of the Week - April 13, 2009

The questions highlighted in this Questions of the Week post address issues with Outlook 2000, Microsoft Word, simulating MIPS instruction execution in Java, and more.

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This first question was sent to me directly from TR member Softworks. Please post your answer in the discussion thread.

I am having a problem with Outlook 2000.  I can receive e-mails, but I can't send e-mails. Attached is the error I'm receiving. Any thoughts?

This error message was sent in by TR member Softworks

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If you go into the Advanced Tab in the email settings screen, try changing outgoing SMTP to 587. I use Comcast and this solved the exact problem. I think the old settings use to say 110. Anyway, hope this helps

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In this post, TR member Softworks wants help with an Outlook 2000 error. The error message is included in the original post: Please provide your assistance in the discussion thread. Thanks!


I included my original response below, but I just looked at it again and I think I see the problem. The account is set to "". It should be your username, probably the same as you email address. If that doesn't help, some things to check if you haven't already: - Your username and password are correct in you SMTP settings. - Other SMTP settings, such as server name, are all correct. - Check with the ISP to make sure there are no issues with your account. - Does whatever firewall you are going through to get to the internet bloack outgoing SMTP connections. Some organizations will only allow outgoing SMTP from the mail server.

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