Gravity connects, but can't see/download anything

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dmot

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I configured Gravity (running on w11) to use news.grc.com and port 119 (I found some posts indicating that SSL/TLS isn't working, I was initially trying to use 563 and it didn't work). It seems to be connecting using 119, but I can't see any posts/articles/etc.

I started wireshark to confirm that there is a connection on 119 (and also confirmed that using 563 fails/doesn't connect) but no matter what I do I can't get anything to download.

At this time I don't want to post so I've ignored the user/password section and I did read how the user and password have to match. However, I did try adding a matching user/password and that didn't change anything.

This is what I see in wireshark to confirm I am able to connect using port 119.

4.79.142.203 NNTP Response: 200 news.grc.com InterNetNews NNRP server INN 2.6.4 ready (no posting)

Not sure what I am missing.
 
A newsreader needs to be configured with the newgroups it will fetch articles from. You should ask Gravity to list the available groups, and then subscribe to some.
 
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A newsreader needs to be configured with the newgroups it will fetch articles from. You should ask Gravity to list the available groups, and then subscribe to some.

I am only interested in news.grc.com. I'm not sure why I can connect to news.grc.com but not pull anything down.
 
only interested
That's NOT how it works. Each news server hosts many newsgroups. news.grc.com has at least a couple of dozen. You need to request the list from the server, and then choose some to subscribe to. It will then download the message headers and allow you to open the individual messages.

I use a different newsreader (XanaNews) so I can't really help you, but here's an example from it:

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That's NOT how it works. Each news server hosts many newsgroups. news.grc.com has at least a couple of dozen. You need to request the list from the server, and then choose some to subscribe to. It will then download the message headers and allow you to open the individual messages.

I use a different newsreader (XanaNews) so I can't really help you, but here's an example from it:

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Ok, thanks, I will take another look, but nothing stood out and I followed the instructions from Steve's site. It is very possible I overlooked something. The last time I set up gravity was back in 2015. I'm setting up a new laptop and clearly I'm missing a step somewhere.

I appreciate the screenshots.
 
That's NOT how it works. Each news server hosts many newsgroups. news.grc.com has at least a couple of dozen. You need to request the list from the server, and then choose some to subscribe to. It will then download the message headers and allow you to open the individual messages.

I use a different newsreader (XanaNews) so I can't really help you, but here's an example from it:

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I downloaded XanaNews and was up and running within a minute. Something must be wrong with Gravity or I must be missing something very obvious because I can't get it working. With XanaNews I simply typed in news.grc.com and I saw the same screen you posted above, subscribed to all and now I am reading on the topics I was looking for updates on.

Had I started with XanaNews, I would have not needed to make this thread, that's how easy it was with XanaNews.

Thanks again.
 
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