Anyone having problems with Apple Mail after installing Lion?

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by WizardHunt, Jul 25, 2011.

  1. WizardHunt macrumors 68000


    May 11, 2007
    Las Vegas, Nevada USA
    I never use to have any problems at all with my Apple Mail. I use it a lot and now it seems more often than not, I can not send outgoing mail. My incoming is having some problems but I can still get some incoming. But it can be minutes to Hours for my outgoing mail to work like it did under Snow Leopard.

    Is anyone else having these problems or do you have any suggestions on what a person can do about this problem?
  2. hersfelder46 macrumors newbie

    Aug 10, 2011
    Wisconsin & France
    Wife is at wit's end. Mail locks machine w/Lion

    Yes, mail program locks up machine and results in spinning rainbow of death. Searching for answers, but no luck yet. Contacts feature also does not work. :( :( I am using my P.C. to do research to try and help. Wondering if going back to Leopard would help?
  3. sidewinder macrumors 68020


    Dec 10, 2008
    Northern California
    I switched from Thunderbird to Apple Mail when I upgraded to 10.7 and have no problems sending or receiving email.

    Have you verified your SMTP settings are correct? Are you using a Gmail account or an ISP account of some sort?

  4. uaecasher macrumors 65816


    Jan 29, 2009
    Stillwater, OK
    The new mail is working perfectly with me, it's one of the reasons i upgraded to Lion
  5. jspahn macrumors newbie

    Oct 26, 2007
    I found this an it worked for me. Was using Postbox, nice but not as integrated as Apple Mail.

    Try it exactly as described. Been working for a few days for me with no issues.

    I've been dealing with this since installing Lion. This is on a clean install too. Finally chatted Apple support and they gave me a solution that worked for me. Goes like this:

    Open Mail and delete your account.
    Now quit Mail
    Open your system prefs and go to Mobile Me
    Sign out of Mobile Me
    Now enter some random characters and numbers into fields for username and password and submit
    You'll be told it wasn't valid (this action supposedly clears your account cache or something)
    Now enter your proper Username and Password and submit
    You may have to setup Sync again
    Go back to Mail and add your Mobile Me acct with default options and save
    Should now work sending mail over SMTP

    Worked for me.
  6. barbourdg macrumors member

    Dec 23, 2002
    Deleting the account in preferences, and recreating the account will fix the problem.

    BUT....... Does anybody know if your sent emails rebuild with the inbox? I have multiple accounts, and hundreds of emails I save for reference. It would take me hours to move them all to a ON MY MAC folder.

    So has anybody rebuilt a mailbox? Did your sent emails come back, after rebuilding?

  7. benh911f macrumors 6502

    Mar 11, 2009
    I tried this, but it's still not working. After I did all the steps, and went to open mail back up, my mail account that I had just removed automatically loaded back up, as though I had never deleted it in the first place. I still am unable to send mail. I just get a constant spinning wheel (not the beachball) next to the "Sent" text on the sidebar.
  8. Mercurydir macrumors newbie

    Mar 23, 2012
    Fixed Mail freezing

    I have fixed Mail freezing on my Macbook running 10.6.8 and I know how frustrating this problem is so I'm sharing, for what its worth, how I solved it.

    To re-cap: suddenly last night I'm writing an email and the mac just freezes, rainbow spinning wheel, no keyb response. 1 min later and its ok, 10 secs later it freezes again and so on. It also stopped other apps as well. Nothing happened leading up to this event at all - no sign of disk failure, no dodgy emails, no new installs, been running all day ok.

    Lots of info exists about possible things to try so here's what I DIDN'T do:-

    Do a check disk / permissions check
    Rebuild any mailboxes
    Start in safe mode and open / close Mail.

    What I did do is basically deleted some folders in the Mail dir on the hard disk with Finder (what a Cr=p name and icon) and Mail caved in and re-imported all my mail. This must be done with Mail CLOSED.

    There was a scientific approach to what was deleted:-
    I was having it hang mainly trying to sort Junk mail plus many people reported faults with that and the Deleted Items folder. So all Junk folders where deleted in Finder (Moved to Trash just in case!).

    I had some drafts open so deleted everything in the drafts folder as well.

    I had a load of emails pushed down to the task bar (or whatever its called) which were slow at loading up so I cleared that folder as well.

    When I re-started Mail it said I was very naughty and would have to import all my emails again. So I did and 10 mins later I was up and running but with re-newed mailboxes.

    I tentatively turned accounts back on, deleted old mail, quitting and re-starting mail at each stage and all was ok.

    Looking at the forums I may have a bad hard disk where possibly the Junk folder was living so I may not have removed the cause yet. At least I'd backed up with time machine (the best piece of sw to be included in any Op Sys) onto a Verbatim 1TB ext HD (best magnetic media manufacturer - been using them since the days of 8 inch floppies).

    Hope this helps you guys out there on T'interweb and saves you hours of frustration.
  9. claidheamdanns, Oct 9, 2012
    Last edited: Oct 9, 2012

    claidheamdanns macrumors newbie


    Feb 6, 2008
    Memphis, TN
    Didn't Work

    So far, none of these solutions have worked. Arg!

    At home, I'm on Mountain Lion and it works fine, but at work we are still on Lion (me), and Snow Leopard (everyone else).

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