Originally posted by node9
it doesnt take this long for other email accounts ive had
Most probably your DNS settings are wrong.
When you connect to a mailserver, it normally does a reverse lookup of your IP-address. When you connect from 127.0.0.1 the reverse lookup is _fast_ as it's stored in the /etc/hosts file.
When you connect with Outlook Express from your local computer, and the DNS settings are incorrect - it will wait for a timeout before it continues.
You need to check that you have listed a DNS server for the server to use for lookups.
Try issuing this command from the shell:
It should output something like:
If not, your DNS settings are wrong somehow.