As many others here, I had to switch to a new newsgroup service when AT&T stopped providing it.
I started using Astraweb. So far, no complaints other than an annoying pinging or dinging of the speaker that drives me crazy. The only solution is to either turn off the sound or close Outlook Express and reopen it.
When I e-mailed Astraweb for "technical" support, they responded by telling me to use a different reader. The problem is the same even if I use Thunderbird and or a different computer.
Does anyone here know what this is and how to turn it off? I'm guessing that it's a setting because it happens with both readers. It doesn't always happen immediately and sometimes it only pings a few times before it stops, while other times it continues incessantly.
Please don't confuse my use of the word "ping" here. It's just a ping or a ding sound. I think that it may have something to do with new newsgroup postings in a particular group. That may be why it isn't so bad when viewing groups with fewer postings as opposed to one which has more traffic such as this one.
Any help in solving this mystery would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance to those who post a reply here.