When you start Outlook Express or try to send an e-mail message, you may get one of the following error messages:
* Your server has unexpectedly terminated the connection. Possible causes for this include server problems, network problems, or a long period of inactivity. Account: 'pop.tiscali.co.uk', Server: 'pop.tiscali.co.uk', Protocol: POP3, Port: 110, Secure(SSL): No, Error Number: 0x800CCC0F
Solution This problem is often modem related. The first step is to;
* check your Outlook Express settings, making sure that the POP3 and SMTP servers are as in the screenshots, and that your full user name and password are correct. (Tip. Watch out for SMTP spelt as STMP, and that commas are not there in place of full points). * If this is OK, read the Modem and connections troubleshooting guide * If you're still having problems, it could be that Outlook Express is itself corrupt. Microsoft's instructions on how to delete it and reinstall it, along with making a backup of your address books etc, are at for Windows 95, 98, and ME and for for Windows 2000. * Other suggestions by Microsoft are available HERE * If this has still not resolved your problem Symantec Security Systems have detailed information on modifying your system settings available here * If you have Norton Internet Security or Norton Personal Firewall and you will need to modify their configuration as advised by Norton and available here * Ensure you do not have email protection setup on your system.
I'm with tiscali and like you I get this from time to time and usually it's the ISP having probs ... I think that's why it's spasmodic.. ISP service status can usually confirm. I've wasted loads of time in the past checking my settings etc. then discovered it was the ISP all along.. I wouldn't let it worry you.
put it down to the time of day.. or should I say night, but didn't read your post properly, you say it happens more often than not, I was thinking just occassionaly so it might well be that you have a bigger problem than I initially thought, so disregard my ramblings please... sorry.