I use Earthlink, which for some reason Netscape has a horrible time remembering usernames and passwords for in general. Perhaps it is the software that Elink uses (Typhoon something or other), who knows. Anyhoo, since I am constantly toying around with profiles, etc, I finally came up with a process that will remember all of your usernames and passwords. It is a PITA, but it does work, and once you have gone through it, Netscape v7.01 and Mozilla WILL remember your usernames and passwords. Well, I guess I should say they do for me, without fail.
I don't pretend to know why this procedure works, so please don't ask me. Just through trial and error I know that it does indeed work. I have used this on Windows 2K and Windows XP with Netscape v7.01 on each as well as nightly builds on each. It has never failed to work for me, and I sincerely hope it works for anyone else who tries it. I know it is time consuming as hell, especially if you subscribe to a lot of groups. But think of the time you will save in the long run.
Er, one BIG important extra..whenever I say "close Netscape", I mean close it entirely. This includes Quick Launch, and maybe even making sure there are no Ntscp.exe processes still running.
So, without further delay, here is the procedure I use:
STEP 1: Obviously, have pref set to remember usernames/passwords.
STEP 2: Create the newsgroup account.
STEP 3: Download groups list, enter username and password when asked
STEP 4: Subscribe to preferred groups, but don't get msg count yet
STEP 5: Close Netscape completely. Restart in *OFFLINE MODE*
STEP 6: *WHILE OFFLINE*, expand news server to show subscribed groups
STEP 7: Go online and click on first newsgroups listed under server.
STEP 8: When prompted, enter username/password. Headers will dnload.
STEP 9: Repeat steps 5 through 8 for the rest of the groups.
It is critical that you start up in offline mode (either via profile manager, or start browser first, go offline and then start mail), and that you only do one group at a time (and the initial subscription seperately as well). If you ever want to add another group at a later time, just follow the same steps .