Setting up Gmail with Yam an Amiga Experience

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REVISED EDITION – 26/9/13

So recently as an early birthday present, I was given a Micro Amiga One, running the latest Amiga OS 4.1.

I’ve spent the last few days playing around with the system, getting to grips  with Aos 4.1 and how everything works. So far it works very similar to Workbench 3.1 and 3.9, which are the most recent operating systems that can be used on 68k Amiga systems, such as the Amiga 1200 & 4000.

Just like these older systems, you can use YAM as your primary email client. There are others available, but this is the one I’m familiar with and the one I choose to use on the new system. In the past, I have always set YAM to retrieve my blueyonder emails, however as all my Amiga related mail goes to my Gmail account. I decided to try configuring YAM to retrieve mail from my Google account. To begin with, I thought the chance of this working would be slim, as Gmail uses IMAP and not POP3, which YAM is not set up to use. At least that is what I thought, as it happens Gmail still works with POP3! YAY

After some online digging, I found the POP3 client settings for Gmail and set about configuring YAM. Hopefully if you are after setting up YAM on your computer, this process should work for you. This guide assumes you already have YAM up and running with all the necessary SSL files installed.

1. Load YAM and click on the far right icon “Config”

2. Under “First Steps” Enter the follow

  • Full name: Your name
  • E-mail: your-gmail-addres@gmail.com
  • POP3: pop.gmail.com

3. Now click on TCP/IP from the menu on the left, it’s directly under “First Steps”. You should now see the TCP/IP settings page. For setting up your email in more detail. Fill out the fields as follow

  • Server name: smtp.gmail.com
  • Domain: gmail.com
  • Use secure connection, select TLSv1

4. Make sure both “Server allows allows 8 bit characters” and “Use SMTP Auth” are ticked. Below these tick boxes will be fields for Username and Password. This is your gmail email address and password. Such as bob@gmail.com, followed by the password for that account. Make sure METHOD is set to Auto.

The lower half of the panel now covers your pop3 settings.

  • Account name: yourgmail@gmail.com
  • Server/port: pop.gmail.com / 995
  • User name: yourgmail@gmail.com
  • Password: your gmail password

5. The only things that should be ticked on this panel are

  • Active
  • Check for new mail on startup
  • Use secure connection: With SSLv3

Hopefully if you now close this window and click “Get”, YAM should retrieve your emails from the google mail server. So pat yourself on the back and go make yourself a drink while it downloads.

Yam 2.9 Compatability

It recently came to my attention that someone tried to use my guide to set up Yam without success, perhaps because the layout had changed between 2.8 and 2.9. Thankfully a member on Amigaworld.net came to the rescue and solved the problem. I was sorry to read that my efforts to help a fellow Amigan had failed on this occasion, so I am reposting the fix provided by user “Spectre660″.

Under TCP/IP settings

Receive mail (POP3)

Server/Port pop.gmail.com 995
Connectiion Security SSL/TLS
Authentification Plain Password

Send mail (SMTP)

Server/Port smtp.gmail.com 465
Connection Security SSL/TLS
Authentification PLAIN 

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2 Comments on “Setting up Gmail with Yam an Amiga Experience”

  1. I have a Micro as well, but select TLSv1 is not shown as an option. What am I missing?

    • heamogoblin says:

      Hi Jerry without further discussing your problem, I dont know if i can help you. I had to install SSL on my Amiga, so get my email working properly. I would make sure you have everything installed properly and also check if you are running the most up to date version of YAM.

      If I can help any further, please feel free to drop me another message.
      James


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