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getting "could not instantiate mail function" error from site residing on apache/php site on windows xp machine

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Last Modified: 2013-12-13
I recently loaded the latest version of apache2, php, and mysql onto a windows XP machine for the purposes of hosting a social networking site using Elgg.  For some reason I cannot get the email to work properly.  I keep getting the error "could not instantiate mail function" whenever the app ties to send out an email.  I have a feeling it has something to do with user authentication on th SMTP site I am trying to use.  I was originally using the network solutions smtp but I am now trying to use the gmail smtp bu I keep getting the same error.

In my php.ini file I have the following

[mail function]
; For Win32 only.
; SMTP = locahost
SMTP = mail.gmail.com
smtp_port = 465

I Also tried setting up indigomail to do the authentication but I couldn't get that to work either.

Any help on getting the email function to work would be aprreciated.

Thanks
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YOu can't use the gmail-server with the php-mail command. You need
http://swiftmailer.sf.net to send mails via the gmai-server.
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