4 Replies Latest reply: Feb 24, 2013 2:26 AM by chattphotos
chattphotos Level 4 Level 4 (1,410 points)

I have a brand-new installation of ML and I can't use Messages.


I have googled around and the tips say check the hosts file, mine is fine, because once again just installed ML about 2 weeks ago.


Why apple? Why? It works on my iPhone no problem, but put it on the computer is becoming a nightmare!


Also, now that I am on the network 3/Drei, iMessage has a new phone number registered. I do not know if that has any affect, but thats the only thing that has changed since I left America.



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MacBook Pro, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • 1. Re: Cant sign in to Messages
    iW00 Level 2 Level 2 (335 points)

    Have you try to setup new user account and see if this is also happening?

    Boot to safe mode (turn on computer and imiedietly press and hold shift button and release only when on the screen will be apple logo and progress bar underneath) and try again.


    If you have any Adobe apps like Photoshop, Elements etc. they tend to add lines to /etc/hosts file and this can cause the problem that you have it.


    You can check your hosts file by running this in terminal:

    cat /etc/hosts

  • 2. Re: Cant sign in to Messages
    chattphotos Level 4 Level 4 (1,410 points)

    I do have Adobe CS6 (PS, Premiere, and Audition) but the host file hasn't been modified.


    But I'll update in a bit on safe mode/new user account.



  • 3. Re: Cant sign in to Messages
    Eric Root Level 6 Level 6 (16,175 points)
  • 4. Re: Cant sign in to Messages
    chattphotos Level 4 Level 4 (1,410 points)

    I think it was a firewall/crappy connection that was affecting my sign-in. I think Messages uses a different port for sign-in, and it was probably being stopped by some over-agressive DSL firewall...


    Now that I'm at the university in Austria, the connection is so much better! Still trying to hammer out why the DNS server will just randomly stop resolving URL's, maybe changing to Google's Europe dns server will help with that.


    Thanks for your help!