Thank you for your reply and comments.
It turns out that today, the emailing is working much better. I wonder if it might be because this morning, I ran a disk called "Compaq Presario - learning more." I've noticed before that for some reason it has at times helped fix computer problems, just to run this disk for a while on the computer.
you wanted to know what operating system I have. I have windows millenium.
I still have one problem, and I'll study on that disk some more - maybe it will be able to explain what Ineed to do to fix this problem - the problem is that I somehow lost my maintenance tools - they are no longer seen listed in my programs, so I have no normal way to do maintenance on my computer.