Apple Mail: Won't Send Messages

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Mr. Monsieur, Jul 4, 2011.

  1. Mr. Monsieur macrumors 6502

    Apr 21, 2004
    Hey folks!

    So...I've been dealing with this issue for the past week, but haven't managed to find any solutions. I went through Apple's directions for fixing the problem:

    but this didn't fix it. There is no indication why this happened, it didn't happen after an update, or something like that. I'm receiving message just fine, but I'm unable to send them.

    This is probably unrelated, but I've also been having issues with Flash...I'm essentially unable to watch anything on YouTube. I tried re-installing Flash, and while the DMG file is still open, YouTube worked for a minute or two (but has stopped working since). Again, probably be honest, though, I'm wondering if I have a virus? These are both pretty big issues.
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    I can eliminate one concern for you. It's not a virus. No viruses exist in the wild that can run on Mac OS X, and there never have been any, since it was released 10 years ago. The handful of trojans that exist can be easily avoided with some basic education, common sense and care in what software you install:
  3. JediMeister macrumors 68040

    Oct 9, 2008
    Who is your email provider? You can check if Apple has settings for the provider @ and replace your current outgoing settings with the ones from the site and try sending a new message. Also make sure that your outbox is empty before sending additional emails.
  4. Mr. Monsieur thread starter macrumors 6502

    Apr 21, 2004
    Thanks...but still a problem!

    Excellent...well...I was pretty sure it wasn''s just that while bizarre things occasionally happen on my mac, it's not often that multiple things happen at the same time. This, coupled with the story a friend of mine mentioned to me last week about the recent discovery of the first Apple virus (I didn't really believe it, and have still not found any confirmation for it).

    Fastmail...Thanks for the link...I had actually gone through that a few days ago, to no avail. The last page of troubleshooting guide looks quite different than mine, however...I don't know why, or if it makes a difference...Argh!
  5. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    There have been viruses for Mac OS in the past, just not for Mac OS X. In fact, the very first virus in the wild was for Apple computers. However, if the claim was for a recent discovery of a Mac virus, it's false.
  6. BugHunter macrumors member

    Mar 18, 2007
    Maybe DNS

    This is a long shot, but do you have Mail hooked up to Gmail?
    I (and a few others) who did that could receive mail fine, but it would take up to 25 minutes to send mail.
    After changing my DNS to the values provided by OpenDNS it worked in an instant.
    Can't hurt to try.
  7. JediMeister macrumors 68040

    Oct 9, 2008
    Found the settings on Fastmail's website. For sending issues, look at the SMTP section and make sure your settings are a match:

    For ease of access, re-posting particulars from their site:

    Note: "Guest" accounts do NOT have SMTP access. Use ISP's SMTP server instead or upgrade

    Port: 587 (preferred) or 25 or 26 including STARTTLS support (or SSL SMTP port 465)
    Authentication: PLAIN (Our SMTP ports are for authenticated SMTP only; you'll need to make sure your software supports authenticated SMTP and also set up a username and password)
    Username: your FastMail.FM username/login name/email address (must include part)
    Password: your FastMail.FM password
  8. Mr. Monsieur thread starter macrumors 6502

    Apr 21, 2004
    Thank you!

    GGJstudios, JediMeister, BugHunter...thanks so much! As it turns seems that it might have had something to do with Little Snitch...argh...fixed now. Thanks again for all of your assistance!

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