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Messages does not work with Google Talk

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Horace from seoul Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Feb 16, 2012 6:27 PM

Hello Apple Support Communities

Today I found out that Mac OS X Mountain Lion has come out (a sneak peak), and also Messages beta has been available.

But when I installed it and tried to message to a friend with Google Talk, it wouldn't send.

Messages kept on telling me that this person did not have iMessage, and I couldn't send a word.

Anyone else having this problem? I know that Messages is still in beta, but I think that Messages shouldn't be this flawed to be beta.

Here's a Snapshot:

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MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.2)
  • Gino Cerullo Level 4 Level 4 (1,370 points)
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    Feb 16, 2012 6:36 PM (in response to Horace from seoul)

    Prior to installing Messages beta were you able to message this person using iChat. Also, are you using a Gmail account or some other Jabber/XMPP account?

  • LLP7 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Feb 16, 2012 8:56 PM (in response to Horace from seoul)

    does you're address have any periods an it? sometimes you need to keep the periods so the mac will send it correctly.

     

    example.example@example.com

  • Gino Cerullo Level 4 Level 4 (1,370 points)
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    Feb 17, 2012 6:05 AM (in response to Horace from seoul)

    Well, I've tested GoogleTalk accounts and they work as they did before in iChat. The reason I was curious about your situation is because of the error message you are getting.

     

    The message could not be sent.

    … is not available for iMessage

     

    It seems like the Messages app thinks you are trying to contact the GoogleTalk account using an iMessage account but they are not available, which would be correct since they are not compatible. In other words you are trying to use your iMessage account to contact a GoogleTalk account which is not possible. GoogleTalk and iMessage use different protocols just like iCloud (AIM) accounts and GoogleTalk (Jabber/XMPP) use different protocols. If you want to message someone on GoogleTalk you need to also have a GoogleTalk account, or at least some kind of Jabber/XMPP account, to do so.

  • AlbertJim Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Feb 17, 2012 6:35 AM (in response to Horace from seoul)

    I am using google talk for a large business setup - Initially had a few problems so I did the uninstall reinstalled ichat removed all of the ichat and messages preferences in the user/library/preferences folder and then did the install again.  This will make messages launch like it was is brand new and then that solved all of my problems.  You might just go into a different user account that has never used ichat and launch messages and see if it works correctly under that account - that will show you if it is truely a problem with translating the ichat preferences into messages.  Worked for me - hope it helps.

     

    Still can't delete old messages though:

    https://discussions.apple.com/thread/3741098   

  • Gino Cerullo Level 4 Level 4 (1,370 points)
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    Feb 17, 2012 7:01 AM (in response to Horace from seoul)

    Oh, I thought that would have been obvious. In iChat was that not the way you initiated a chat session before?

     

    That is how I always used iChat. I picked the person I wanted to chat with from the buddy list and that is how I continue to do things in Messages.

  • TheSmokeMonster Level 4 Level 4 (3,240 points)
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    Mar 5, 2012 12:53 PM (in response to Horace from seoul)

    cmd 1 to hide and show the buddy list when you're in Messages.

     

    This should help you out and possibly be the reason they were hidden before.

  • Ralph Johns (UK) Level 9 Level 9 (66,805 points)
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    Mar 6, 2012 1:40 PM (in response to TheSmokeMonster)

    Hi,

     

    CMD + 1 only hides or reveals the Account  in the Messages > Preferences > Accounts List in second place (it used to be the top one in iChat)

     

    This list can be dragged into a different order.

    Screen Shot 2012-03-06 at 9.37.34 PM
    Uploaded with Skitch!

     

     

    On first start up Messages "Hides" the Buddy Lists


    9:40 PM      Tuesday; March 6, 2012


    Please, if posting Logs, do not post any Log info after the line "Binary Images for iChat"

     

      iMac 2.5Ghz 5i 2011 (Lion 10.7.3)
     G4/1GhzDual MDD (Leopard 10.5.8)
     MacBookPro 2Gb (Snow Leopard 10.6.8)
     Mac OS X (10.6.8),

    "Limit the Logs to the Bits above Binary Images."  No, Seriously

  • Windracer09 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Apr 26, 2012 7:43 AM (in response to Gino Cerullo)

    My office uses Adium as its inter-office chat function, but I have friends who have lept on the messages beta system, which is great!  I am really excited, but my office is established on Adium...

     

    Is it possible to add iMessage users to my contact list on adium?  I have an Apple ID, but I am not sure if this can be an added account within Adium.  For example, I have my GoogleTalk contacts available in the Adium interface, but how do I get my iMessage contacts to show when they are available?  Is there an XMPP address for iMessage; for example: mrgrumpypants@chat.apple.com  or something?

     

    Thanks for any help on this homefront!

  • Gino Cerullo Level 4 Level 4 (1,370 points)
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    Apr 26, 2012 8:00 AM (in response to Windracer09)

    It depends on what protocol(s) you are using with Adium. Messages on the Mac, like iChat before it, and Adium are multi-protocol instant messaging clients. Messages supports the following protocols:

     

    AIM: used for iCloud (formally MobileMe), AIM

    iMessage: used for iOS devices-to-device messaging. Messages adds Mac-to-iOS device messaging

    XMPP/Jabber: used for Mac OS X Server, Google Talk

    Yahoo!: used for Yahoo! Instant Messenger

    Bonjour: used for Mac OS inter-office messaging (LAN)

     

    Find the common protocol that is supported by Adium, I'm sure there are a few to choose from, and use it to communicate with your Messages using friends/colleagues .

  • Ralph Johns (UK) Level 9 Level 9 (66,805 points)
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    Apr 26, 2012 12:59 PM (in response to Windracer09)

    Hi,

     

    Broadly speaking the iMessages side is not going to be supported by Adium.

     

    As far as your Apple ID goes it depends what type of Apple ID it is.

     

    Apple have in the past issued emails for the .Mac Service (@mac.com ) and MobileMe (@me.com) and currently do iCould (Also @me.com)

     

    When .Mac ended and MobileMe started people who moved to MobileMe could use both emails linked to one account.

    However they were and are separate AIM valid Screen Names.  (the passwords have to be kept to 16 characters or less)

     

    iCloud issued IDs will work only in iChat 6 and Messages Beta.

    This is because both these app make to logins, one to AIM and the second to me.com

    Thi second login allows AIM to confirm the password.

    This is something earlier version of iChat or other apps that an do AIM logins do not do.

     

    Any other Apple ID is unlikely to be a  Screen Names  (although AIM do allow you to register and email as a "Name")

     

     


    8:59 PM      Thursday; April 26, 2012


    Please, if posting Logs, do not post any Log info after the line "Binary Images for iChat"

     

      iMac 2.5Ghz 5i 2011 (Lion 10.7.3)
     G4/1GhzDual MDD (Leopard 10.5.8)
     MacBookPro 2Gb (Snow Leopard 10.6.8)
     Mac OS X (10.6.8),

    "Limit the Logs to the Bits above Binary Images."  No, Seriously

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