At the risk of being boring, I still have no new posts visible to me in
this NG since 18th march but can still post.
I've just seen your reply Martin from 23rd via google. Yes I am using
All other NGs I read are coming through OK.
Is anyone else having similar probs with VM?
Like you I use news.virginmedia.com but unlike you I have not had and am
not having any problems. Retires under desk and waits for lightning
Regards Colin Docherty
Bob M> At the risk of being boring, I still have no new posts visible to me in
I am using Sea-Monkey (successor to Netscape) and all my other regular
newsgroups are working ok through this news reader.
I know I could change my reader but I just don't understand by one
particular NG is not working for me and for example Colin D above is
OK using the same server.
When I was using Netscape, it would occasionally hiccup and lose
track of how many messages had been received for a group. As a
result, it would think that the number of the last message in the
group was much higher than it actually was. So when the server
said, for example, that new messages 123444-123555 were available,
Netscape would ignore them because it thought the last message it
had gotten was 222222.
I would fix this by going into the .rc file that Netscape used to
keep track of messages received and changing the last message
number for the affected group to something much lower.
Unsubscribing and resubscribing to the group might or might not
work. It depends on whether your newsreader completely deletes
all information about the group when you unsubcribe (in which
case the problem will be fixed) or just marks the group as not
active but retains the old info (and consequently, when you
resubscribe, it'll mark the group as active and the old *bad*
info will still be in effect).
Unfortunately, since I don't use Netscape anymore, I can't tell
you just where to find the .rc file to be changed. Given your
server, it'll probably be named news.virginmedia.com.rc and be
in a folder something like
C:\Documents and Settings\...\Application Data\Netscape\Profiles\...\News
If you find it and the group's line is more than just something
like "uk.rec.models.engineering: 1-123456" but has a long string
of numbers, just change the numbers to something like 1-2.
Could I suggest that you try the rather better VM text-only news server. It is
run in-house by VM rather than the outsourced (and occasionally buggy)
(or, I think, text.news.blueyonder.co.uk also works)
unless of course you require the binary groups...
This idea sounds like it could be the answer once I've located the
file. I searched the whole machine for *.rc and found a couple related
to News on NTLworld but edited them made no difference.
However I had the bright idea of using a different machine which also
has sea monkey installed and pointed at news.virginmedia.com
This will download all the URME posts without a problem. So clearly my
everyday computer has something wrong with its set up.
At the moment I have too much invested in my book mark files and set
up which is not backed up. I'll sort this first and then do a clean
install of Seamonkey and see if things are better.
Thanks for the steer Tove.
Switching to BY server seems to have worked as well as using another
machine and sticking with VM - see my reply to Tove
I'll keep plugging away at this to try and understand what is wrong
with my set up on my everyday PC and VM
But at least I can see my fav NG without resorting to Google Groups.
Thanks to everyone who has suggested solutions and apologies to those
who have tolerated me going on about it.
Back to Engineering!!!