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Netscape Communicator

If you wish to use the Netscape Navigator and the Netscape Messenger as your broswer and email programs, the following instructions will take you step by step through through the setup.

If you have any problems or need assistance with any part of this installation, you may contact our technical support staff at the numbers listed on your Startup Kit. If you are able to connect and check your e-mail, Technical Support can be reached at helpdesk@texas.net.


PART A - Download Netscape Communicator

If you have a web browser installed on your computer, you can download the lastest version of Netscape Communicator by going to http://home.netscape.com

If you have the Texas.Net Installation CD, insert it in your CD ROM drive. Close the 'Welcome' when it appears. Click on 'Start' | 'Programs' | 'Windows Explorer' and select the drive letter for your CD. Look in [cd drive:]\software\WIN9x and double click on the file cc32e45. This will install version 4.5 so there may be some minor differences in the setup screens from what is described below.

To download Netscape Communicator to a computer with no web browser installed, you can use the following procedure:

  1. Connect to Texas.Net using your Texas.net Dial-Up Networking connection.

  2. Open an MS-DOS window by clickng on 'Start' | 'Programs' | 'MS-DOS Prompt'.

  3. Type ftp ftp.netscape.com then press the 'Enter' key.

  4. At the 'User (ftp.netscape.com:(none)):' prompt, type ftp then strike the 'Enter' key.

  5. At the 'Password:' prompt, type your e-mail address (username@texas.net) and press the 'Enter' key.

    You might not see your e-mail address as you type it, so enter it carefully.

  6. At the 'ftp>' prompt, type bin and press the 'Enter' key. You should receive the message 'Type set to I'.

  7. At the 'ftp>' prompt, type hash, then press the 'Enter' key. You should receive the message 'Hash mark printing On (2048 bytes/hash mark)'

  8. Type:

    http://home.netscape.com/download/sd_cc32d476en.html

    You should receive the message 'CWD Command Successful'.

  9. Type get cc32e472.exe and press the 'Enter' key.

  10. You should receive the message 'Opening BINARY mode data connection...' At this point, the download is beginning. Depending on your modem speed, this should take anywhere from 35 to 60 minutes. When the download is complete, you should get a message saying 'Transfer complete'.

  11. At the ftp> prompt, type quit, and press the 'Enter' key to exit the FTP program.

PART B - Install Netscape Communicator

  1. Click on 'Start | Run' and type cc32e472.exe

  2. Click on 'Next' at the welcome screen, and click on 'Yes' at the license agreement.

  3. Click on 'Next' to accept the Typical installation and the default location.

  4. Click 'OK' if a previous version of Navigator was detected.

  5. At the 'Desktop Preference Options', make sure that only 'Make Natescape Communicator my default Internet browser' is selected, and click on 'Next'.

  6. Click on 'Next' to accept the default program folder, and on the next screen click on 'Install'.

  7. Click 'No' when asked to view the README file. It only contains the instructions you have already just completed.

  8. Select 'Yes, I want to restart my computer now', and click on 'OK'.

PART C - Configure Netscape Browser, Email, and News

  1. Double-click the 'Netscape Communicator' icon on your desktop.

  2. If prompted to create a new profile, click on 'Next'.

    • Type your name and your Texas.Net email address (username@texas.net) into the appropriate fields and click on 'Next'.

    • Click 'Next' on the profile name screen.

    • Enter mail.texas.net for 'Outgoing mail (SMTP) server' and click on 'Next'.

    • Enter your Texas.Net username for 'Mail server username'
      Enter pop.texas.net for 'Incoming Mail Server'
      Make sure 'POP3' is selected for 'Mail Server type'
      Click on 'Next'

    • Enter news.texas.net for 'News server name' and click 'Finish'

  3. Select 'Edit' | 'Preferences' from the Navigator menu.

    If the wizard appeared above, much of the following information will already be entered.

  4. Select 'Navigation' from the list on the left. Under, 'Navigator starts with', select 'Home Page'. Enter the address of the page you wish to load every time you open your web browser. We recommend you type, http://lonestar.texas.net

  5. Double-click 'Mail & Newsgroups' from the list on the left, and then click on 'Identity'. Type your name and your Texas.Net email address (username@texas.net) into the appropriate fields.

  6. Click on 'Mail Servers' in the list on the left.

    • If pop.texas.net appears under 'Incoming Mail Servers', click on it to select it, and click on 'Edit'.

      If any other entry appears under 'Incoming Mail Servers', click on it to select it, and then click on 'Delete' to remove it. Then click on 'Add'.

    • Under 'Server Type', select 'POP3'.

    • For 'Server Name', type pop.texas.net.

    • Enter your Texas.Net username, as listed on your startup kit.

    • You may select 'Remember password' so you will not be prompted for your password each time you check your mail.

    • Click on 'OK'.

  7. For 'Outgoing mail (SMTP) server:', type mail.texas.net

  8. Make sure that 'Outgoing mail server user name' is blank.

  9. Click on 'Newsgroup Server' in the list on the left.

    • If news.texas.net appears under 'Newsgroup Servers', click on it to select it, and click on 'Edit'. Select 'Only ask me for my user name and password when necessary'

      Click on 'OK'

    • If any other entry appears under 'Newsgroup Servers', click on it to select it, and then click on 'Delete' to remove it.

      Click on 'Add'.

      For 'Server', type news.texas.net.

      Make sure 'Always use name and password' is NOT selected. As long as you are dialed into Texas.Net you do not need a username or password to access newsgroups.

      Click on 'OK'

  10. Click 'OK' to close the setup screen.

After the installation, you will have a Netscape Communicator icon on your desktop. Double click on this icon once you have gone through the steps of Connecting to Texas.Net. To send or receive e-mail go to Communicator then Messenger. To send or receive news articles go to Communicator then Newsgroups.

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