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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

GMail Notifier: “Cannot connect to your mailbox. Service temporarily unavailable.”

I have recently upgraded my desktop and hence had to reload all the necessary and unnecessary softwares. That is when I ran into this small problem. I had faced it before, but somehow couldn’t seem to remember the solution right away. The fact is GMail Notifier just could not seem to connect to my GMail account. I thought the error might be with my proxy settings, but it was not so.

The error surfaces when once tends to opt for the https connection option provided in GMail settings. The notifier fails to login if the “always use https” option is checked. Not surprisingly, I do have it enabled.

To get around this, you can search for patch files available on the net. The suggested changes can just be imported into your registry and things should work fine. The following is the change suggested in the .reg file:

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Google\Gmail\Flags]
"url"=https://mail.google.com/mail/

The change can be undone by resetting the key, as shown below.

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Google\Gmail\Flags]
"url"=-

Not difficult, right? I still wanted to post for ease of lookup.