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I need an application which alerts me when I have new Gmail messages. I have Gmail notifier installed on my laptop but it lacks two important features I need it to have:

  • It doesn't make a sound when alerting
  • The notifications goes away after a few minutes and I miss them when I'm away from computer

Do you know of one?

As it might be important, when I run Gmail notifier I always get this error:

Cannot connect to your mailbox, Service temporarily unavailable.

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Since GMail allows IMAP connections, I suggest you enable IMAP on your account and search for IMAP mail notifiers. You'll find a billion of them; find one you like. –  Rich Homolka Feb 27 '12 at 20:01
    
Or find a Google Talk (XMPP) client that is capable of displaying mail notifications. (For example, Gajim.) –  grawity Feb 27 '12 at 20:16
    
@RichHomolka: Thank you so much, that worked. I installed this one. The only problem I'm facing is, when I run the app, "num lk" and "caps lock" keeps flashing. DO you have any ideas? And if you like to post it as answer, I'll accept it. –  Gigili Feb 27 '12 at 22:28
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Since GMail allows IMAP connections, I suggest you enable IMAP on your account and search for IMAP mail notifiers. You'll find a billion of them; find one you like.

As far as the specific one you mentioned, it seems to need java, which is a bit heavyweight for what you're asking. Not that there's anything wrong with java apps, but it means you need to keep up with java updates - there are occasional holes in java.

A google search came up with this: IMAPnotify. This is from VanDyke, a reputable firm that's been around for a bit. It may be old code, so not sure how it would work on Win7.

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Thank you for your complete answer. –  Gigili Feb 27 '12 at 23:09
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I use Trillian which is an all in one chat client but also allows you to add your gmail account, any new emails that come in get a pop-up and an alert sound is made. I use this to consolidate all my different email accounts in one easy interface.

Trillian: http://www.trillian.im/

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