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Thunderbird 3 can't handle large mailboxes, can't retrieve 5GB from Gmail

Every time I open Thunderbird 3 it locks up trying to index my mail. I haven't been able to actually use the product yet. I have a lot of mail (5GB, 80K message) in my Gmail account, but shouldn't this application be smart enough to download small amounts at a time? AllI get is the spinning wheel and I can't do anything.
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