Thank you. I finally did call Earthlink. Several times. The first guys says that they are not blocking port 25. I get ahold of Apple, and they tell me that all of the services are running fine. I call a buddy of mine who has a differetn ISP (other than Earthlink) and he is using the smtp.mac.com- weird, and it is working for him. So I call Earthlink back and this guy tells me that yes Earthink is blocking port 25, and *has* been for over *two* years. I have had wonderful service through Earthlink up until last month. I had more outages that I had actual DSL service. They had to rebuild my circuit 3-4 times inside of TWO WEEKS. Well everything on the OSX mail client was working *before* they rebuilt my circuit that last time, and now it does not. I have not changed anything, nothing whatsoever- not hardware config, not software (not even as much as a shareware anything, regular or otherwise.) This guy is agitated with me, and so we agree to disagree. So I climb onto live chat support. This tech support person tells me indeed that Earthlink is NOT blocking port 25, but is insistant that I change my smtp server to Earthlinks. Fine, I know it will work, I figured that out before I called. I told her that still did not *solve* my problem. I told her I looked at it this way; what she had given me was a workaround- somthing I only want to use temporarily- not forever. So the analagy I gave her was this I have gone to the doctor (Earthlink support) and said "doc, you know when I walk on my right leg, it hurts." so the Doc gives me a quick look over and says: "the walk on your left." Yes, this will get me hobbling around..but it does not really "fix" anything..just kinda puts a band-aid on it. I wanted somone to look into it- not just give me a junk answer. It worked for over 2 years with them dial-up and now DSL- that is until the rebuilt my circuit this last time- durning my worst month of internet connection problems in my life! - can anyone pleeeease shed anymore light on this subject?
(tommy is now done whining-just wants an answer- and since Earthlink couldn't or wouldn't maybe someone here can.)