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Windows 7: Thunderbird 3 Released

12 Dec 2009   #11

Windows 7

Yeah same here.. I installed the Beta for Lightning and had the same problem trying to sync with my google calendar items. I tried for several hours and then finally just gave up and went back to use MS-Outlook instead.

Sadly though, I did notice that TB3 ran much faster than Outlook 2007 and was very well behaved. But now until I have a calendar/reminder alternative to use with TB3 I'll just have to wait. Since I run IMAP with my mail, I like the ability of running a full fledged program on my computer to manage things instead of having to rely on a web browser version of GMAIL. I can't count how many times I accidental closed a multi-tab chrome browser window forgetting I was composing an email message in the other tab and had to start all over again. TB3 would be ideal for this.. and syncing with the google contacts and calender would make it even easier/better than messing with Outlook 2007 issues.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by greeman View Post
Well I spent some time yesterday and downloaded Thunderbird 3 on my laptop. It loaded and worked well (no lightning). I downloaded the last beta copy of Lightning and finally got the calendar working on TB3 (Great). The next step was to get the calendar synchronized with Google calendar. After a couple of hours of trying many different ways, I finally gave up, uninstalled TB3 and reinstalled TB2. I think I will like TB3, but only after someone gets everything to work with it. For now TB2 will do for me.
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12 Dec 2009   #12

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64 bit

Is Thunderbird compatible with Windows 7 64 bit. Can you use it on a 64 bit system, I don't care for Windows live mail or OutLook.
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12 Dec 2009   #13

Windows 10 Pro x64 1909 - 18363.657 XP/Vista/Win7/Win8.1 in VM for testing

Thunderbird 3 is a 32 bit application but runs fine (so far) on x64 systems
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12 Dec 2009   #14

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64 bit

Guess I'll download it and give it a try.
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12 Dec 2009   #15

Win 7 Home Prem 64 bit

According to information I found on another site there is a way to get the Lightning Calendar both installed on TB3 and synchronized with Google calendar. The nightly builds (from the link shown below) contain both the latest builds of Lightning and google calendar provider. I will give it a try if I get time this weekend. Excerpt from post I found cut and pasted below:
  1. Go to the Mozilla calendar nightly builds (
  2. Right-click and select Save Link As… for both gdata-provider.xpi and lightning.xpi.
  3. Open Thunderbird, then select Tools >> Add-ons.
  4. Click Install, then navigate to where you saved lightning.xpi, select it and select Open.
  5. Restart Thunderbird when prompted, then repeat step 4 for gdata-provider.xpi.
When Thunderbird restarts again, you’ll be prompted to enter your Google Calendar password, and then you’ll be in business.
One caution is that since the nightly builds are still in active development, you may run into issues.
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13 Dec 2009   #16


Hey guys.. I am currently using WLM and like it but I dont like the fact that the contact maintance is not synced to my local WIN7 contacts (unless I am doing something wrong)..

Does the NEW TB3 contact list and maintance sync up with the local win7 contacts???

thanks guys..
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14 Dec 2009   #17

Win7 Ultimate, x64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by squid13 View Post
Is Thunderbird compatible with Windows 7 64 bit. Can you use it on a 64 bit system, I don't care for Windows live mail or OutLook.
64-Bit has been in Beta for a while under the name "Shredder". You can get a copy of RC 1 here. I've been running the 64-bit betas (started with 3, now on 4, will soon upgrade to RC1) for a while now and have had zero problems. But, then again, I'm not trying to integrate it with calendar tools or anything else - just using it as a mail client.
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14 Dec 2009   #18

Windows 7 x86 and x64 - RTM

HOWTO Thunderbird 3+Lightning+Google Cal

1 - Download Nightly Lightning builds for your O.S. at this page: Lightning - Download
2 - Install it in Thunderbird
3 - Add a new Calendar and choose the options "on the network" --> "CalDAV"
4 - Enter the location of your calendar

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I have not tried this myself...yet.
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15 Dec 2009   #19

Win 7 Home Prem 64 bit

A report back on getting TB3 installed with Lightning (and lightning synchronized with google calendar)

I installed TB3 over TB2 (worked fine). Then I installed Lightning and Provider for Google Calendar (from nightly builds). Lightning worked fine and synced with Google calendar fine. I did get errors when starting TB3 after syncing with google calendar, but all worked fine. I worked trying to get rid of the errors for a while but nothing worked.

The next morning I had a "flash", and decided to uninstall TB3. Then I deleted my TB Profile. Then I reloaded TB3, Lightning and Provider for Google calendar. That did the trick. All worked perfectly and all the error messages were gone. It appears that for everything to work well that is best to start with a fresh profile.

Anyway, Thunderbird 3 does work well with nightly build of Lightning and Provider for Google calendar. FYI
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