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Newsgroup Sync in Outlook Express

For some reason lately when I attempt to update and download new messages or postings in all my newsgroups, on my desktop [a 486 system running Win 2000 with release 4, and MS Office 2003] I get a Outlook Express message that there are no new messages. Yet when I log on with my laptop [486 running Win XP SP2, with MS Office 2003] I can find, access and download all the new messages from the very same newsgroups.

The problem is not with one or two specific newsgroups but in fact with every newsgroup to which I subscribe. Any idea of the problem? The specific error message I get when I attempted a "sync" today of all the newsgroups was the following; "Header download for the 'alt.photoshop' folder did not complete. Account: 'NNTP', Server: 'nntp.brntfd.phub.net.cable.rogers.com', Protocol: NNTP, Server Response: '480 authentication required', Port: 119, Secure(SSL): No, Server Error: 480, Error Number: 0x800CCCA4". The sync then stops and does not proceed.

I don't understand why this error message is now appearing since I don't recall doing anything new to my system lately. I am running the destop throught a network with a firewall - ZoneAlarm, as well as the laptop is on the network and I've, to my knowledge, made no changes in the firewall recently. Certainly the laptop is having no problem with the newsgroup message syncs.

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486....

I really can't get past the claim that you are running xp or 2000 on a 486 to even begin to help you.

I am truly speechless.

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Yes, that's an oddity.

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