Currently Being ModeratedFeb 17, 2012 12:34 PM (in response to dballing13)
Same here too. It is most annoying not being able to get on AIM without going through some bizarre process of activating and deactivating an account a few times or changing the server name, or killing some process in the terminal. I hope Apple fixes this soon.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 21, 2012 7:51 AM (in response to dballing13)
I started experiencing this same thing after downloading the Messages Beta and can confirm that disabling/re-enabling the accounts seemed to do the trick and would let them sign back on. Sort of frustrating, but thankful that others took the time and figured a workaround until it gets fixed.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 22, 2012 7:33 PM (in response to dballing13)
I'm having the same issue as well since installing the Messages Beta. I was rebooting to fix it, which was annoying. Disabling/Enabling the account is a much better work around and will keep me from reverting back to iChat until this is fixed.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 23, 2012 6:32 AM (in response to dballing13)
I'm sure this is a simple process but I can't seem to find a disable/enable button for the accounts. Can someone please give the steps to do this process. Thanks
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 23, 2012 6:36 AM (in response to jgreaud)
Click on Messages in the menu bar and select Preferences. (or press command + ,)
Click on the Accounts tab
Select the account in question on the left, in my case it was the AIM account.
On the right half the first check box is "Enable this account"
Uncheck it. Then check it again.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 23, 2012 6:41 AM (in response to PHormality)
Thanks, but when i do this it still says that i am offline and will not let me switch to available. And the same error message occurs.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 23, 2012 6:42 AM (in response to PHormality)
Thank you PHormality, this worked very well for me.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 23, 2012 6:42 AM (in response to jgreaud)
Try it for all your accounts. If you did that and it's still happening you may have something else going on as well.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 23, 2012 7:53 AM (in response to jgreaud)
I've found that sometimes I have to disable and enable an account a few times before it works. Something that seems to work more reliably is to go into the Activity Monitor utility, find the "imagent" process, select it and click the "Quit Process" button. The process will start up again on its own and I found that after that, Messages seems to always be able to connect to AIM.
It isn't as convienient as going to preferences and turning the account on and off, but then again, we shouldn't have to do any of this... it should just work the way it is supposed to. I just hope that someone at Apple is paying attention and can figure out what is going on and fix it.
Hope this helps.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 23, 2012 7:55 AM (in response to Aquarius 7)
By "always", I mean immediately after I do that and then it works for as long as my iMac is on. After a shutdown or a restart my iMac usually goes back to not being able to connect to AIM in Messages and I have to repeat the steps again.