We struggled with the Aspell setup for half a day but gave up after a “resume editing” after spell checking three paragraphs of text magically disappeared the text. A little searching on the forums uncovered the FireFox tip for using it’s built in spell checker and a little more searching and we were pointed to ieSpell for Internet Explorer. Since we’re using IE7 (nice tabs and RSS built in) we tried ieSpell and it works perfectly. For ieSpell look under Tools/Manage Add-ons/Find More Add-ons and then search for iespell.
So for anyone else having trouble with Aspell, and searching the forums for posts on the term “Aspell”, I add this post and alternative.