Problems with Inbox and Imported Mail

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I just got a new iMac G5, and I have woefully messed up Mail on it. I use Mail to access an Exchange account (via IMAP) that I can also access from other computers (PowerMac G5 10.4.2, iBook G4 10.3.9). Upon initial iMac setup, Mail worked fine. Then I imported a large number (>10,000) of archived messages from mailboxes on the iBook. I probably did this wrong, as I first tried just copying the mailboxes from Library/Mail on iBook to same location on iMac. All dragged-over mailboxes appeared empty, so I deleted and used Mail's "import" feature. Imported mailboxes all contain two copies of each message, one I can read, and one saying that the message has not been downloaded from the server. All mailboxes were within an "Imported" folder. When I tried to drag messages to other folders to re-organize them, I could not transfer the "not downloaded" copies and the copies I could transfer disappeared when I put them in new mailboxes.
At the same time, though I don't know if they are connected, my iMac's Mail Inbox stopped showing any messages. I can see messages in Mail's Inbox on the other computers, so I know there are messages on the server. I can see contents of Drafts and Sent mailboxes on the server. Preferences were not touched. I tried rebuilding Inbox and other mailboxes but did not help. Quitting the application and reopening, as well as restarting the computer, did not help. I also notice that Mail now takes several minutes to quit.
Questions:
1. Any idea how to get Mail to show what's on the server in my Inbox?
2. Any idea how to import messages without the "not downloaded" duplicates? How do I then move them to the folders where I want them?
3. Can I dump and re-install Mail without re-installing the entire OS? Outside of Mail, I have a lot of settings personalized that I would rather not lose.
Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!
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I just got a new iMac G5, and I have woefully messed
up Mail on it. I use Mail to access an Exchange
account (via IMAP) that I can also access from other
computers (PowerMac G5 10.4.2, iBook G4 10.3.9).
Upon initial iMac setup, Mail worked fine. Then I
imported a large number (>10,000) of archived
messages from mailboxes on the iBook. I probably
did this wrong, as I first tried just copying the
mailboxes from Library/Mail on iBook to same
location on iMac. All dragged-over mailboxes
appeared empty, so I deleted and used Mail's
"import" feature. Imported mailboxes all contain
two copies of each message, one I can read, and one
saying that the message has not been downloaded from
the server. All mailboxes were within an "Imported"
folder. When I tried to drag messages to other
folders to re-organize them, I could not transfer
the "not downloaded" copies and the copies I could
transfer disappeared when I put them in new
mailboxes.
At the same time, though I don't know if they are
connected, my iMac's Mail Inbox stopped showing any
messages. I can see messages in Mail's Inbox on the
other computers, so I know there are messages on the
server. I can see contents of Drafts and Sent
mailboxes on the server. Preferences were not
touched. I tried rebuilding Inbox and other
mailboxes but did not help. Quitting the application
and reopening, as well as restarting the computer,
did not help. I also notice that Mail now takes
several minutes to quit.
Questions:
1. Any idea how to get Mail to show what's on the
server in my Inbox?
2. Any idea how to import messages without the "not
downloaded" duplicates? How do I then move them to
the folders where I want them?
3. Can I dump and re-install Mail without
re-installing the entire OS? Outside of Mail, I have
a lot of settings personalized that I would rather
not lose.
Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!
I read your message and saw that you fixed the problem. I have the same problem. How did you do it?
Any help would be much appreciated.
Alan
800 MHz 1Mac G4   Mac OS X (10.4.5)   Moving emails to new 20" 1Mac G5

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