I have a desktop (ME)and a laptop (XP) sharing a broadband connection. No problems; used like that for a year. Recently I created a dial-up connection as well on the laptop and now OE on the laptop keeps trying to connect using the dial-up account, even though BB is set as default. IE is OK; so too is AVG. I can't think what I've forgotten to set in OE to make it use BB.
In OE try clicking Tools / Accounts / Mail; higlight your mail account and click Properties / Connection. Tick the box marked "Always connect to this account using:" and then select your broadband connection in the drop down list below. Click Apply, then OK your way out.
Thank you all. I wrote a response after Westwit's advice arrived but at that point got a message "Error executing database enquiry" (had this once or twice lately in similar circumstances) so I gave up and went to bed! State of play this morning is that Westwit's advice has worked - up to a point; thanks very much, Westwit. Problem that remains is that PC still looks for the dial-up connection first, although BB is the default. Advice on changing the order of these events, please. Discovered that i can get straight to the BB account via tools>send & receive>my default BB account, but that's a long-winded way of sending and receiving emails.Will I have to re-install BB as Woodchip mentions, or is there a simpler method?
In the email accounts properties, under the Connections tab, take the tick out of the box "Always connect to this account using" - Then it won't try to change access methods - it should just go straight out and check them.
the box should remain ticked and applied, i reckon there are two options, one being delete and recreate the mail account, or pissibly a little easier would be to check tools/internet options/lan settings and make sure that automatically detect settings is not ticked, re boot and try again.