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How use iChat for the first time, maybe need Google Talk account?

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I have a new MacBook Pro and my wife was one too. We want to do video chat for the first time. We do not do that MobileMe or anything like that. She says I need to create a "Google Talk" account. Is that right? I have been to google.com/talk but nowhere do I see a place to create an account. I'm confused. Also seeing the words "Bonjour" and "Jabber" confuse me. I just want to do a video chat. I figured it would be easy given that we now have Macs.

Thanks for any help.
MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.2)
  • stef.incognito Calculating status...
    Hi!

    Do you have a Gmail or a Google account? If not, they are free and you can just sign up for one.

    But regarding using iChat, you need to have a Google account (I use my gmail email and password), a MobileMe account (which you have to buy from Apple), an AIM account (free from AOL), or you a jabber account.

    After you sign up for one of those, open iChat and click iChat>Preferences>Accounts (at the top)> "+" at the bottom left>Then choose your account type and enter the information (username and password).

    If it is your first time using iChat, however, it may walk you through these steps... it has been a while since I had to set up iChat from scratch.

    Once you and your wife have both set up your accounts and added each other to your buddy lists, you should be able to video chat without a problem!

    Hope that helps!
    MacBook Pro 2008, Mac OS X (10.5.6)
  • twozerosix Calculating status...
    Hi,

    I'm using a macbook pro with OS X (ver 10.5.7) and trying to set up my ichat with my google talk. I read that you instructed to click the + button on the bottom left however when I do, it just gives me the option to add buddy, group or edit group? I can't seem to locate the preferences option either.

    What am I missing?
    Macbook Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.7)
  • iÄntoine Calculating status...
    As far as I know, Video conference and Gtalk do not work. You need an AIM accoutnt to make it happen.

    Log in to AIM and create an account there and then try again..

    Antoine
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    Behind every succesfull man, there is always a astonished mother-in-law!
    Macbook pro 17, Mac OS X (10.5.7)
  • Ralph Johns (UK) Level 9 Level 9 (66,805 points)
    Hi,

    You can in fact use one or more Screen Names from Several Sources.

    IF you have Google Mail ID already make sure the GoogleTalk option is Enable in your Account at Google
    If on Tiger/iChat 3 follow these Instructions

    The Same applies to some extent for iChat 4 except when Adding the Jabber Screen Name (Google Is a Jabber Server) you get an Option to Select it as GoogleTalk

    This will save you a step compared to the pictures as the Server gets changed properly.

    You can also use either of Apple's @Mac.com or MobileMe (@Me.com) Names or one from AIM that will all log in to the AIM Server.

    AS Already hinted at you can register with a Jabber server and add that to iChat.

    iChat 3 will only let you login into one Jabber Screen Name and one AIM based name at a time although you can list more in the iChat Preferences a> Accounts.

    IN iChat 4 you can log in to several of each type at once.

    For the poster who is trying to add New Account from the Buddy List read here
    http://www.ralphjohns.co.uk/versions/ichatvers4/howtoStartiChat.html Read the section on Alternatives (The actual page is on the Start Up Screens)



    8:08 PM Tuesday; June 9, 2009

    Please, if posting Logs, do not post any Log info after the line "Binary Images for iChat"
    G4/1GhzDual MDD (Leopard) MacBookPro 2gig( 10.5)-Sky w/c Sagem 2504 modem, Mac OS X (10.5.7), "Limit the Logs to the Bits above Binary Images."
  • twozerosix Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    thanks, Ralph. I knew the answer was right in front of me. Your instructions helped. Thanks, again.

    Roger
    Powerbook Pro, Mac OS X (10.4.8)
  • Ralph Johns (UK) Level 9 Level 9 (66,805 points)
    No Problem.

    Thanks for letting us know.



    7:46 PM Wednesday; June 10, 2009

    Please, if posting Logs, do not post any Log info after the line "Binary Images for iChat"
    G4/1GhzDual MDD (Leopard) MacBookPro 2gig( 10.5)-Sky w/c Sagem 2504 modem, Mac OS X (10.5.7), "Limit the Logs to the Bits above Binary Images."
  • michel1993 Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
    Is it possible to chat with someone if he has Mobileme and I have Gmail??
    MacBook Pro 2GB RAM 2,4Ghz Intel Core2Duo, Mac OS X (10.5.6), iPod touch 2G, iPod shuffle 3G, Cinema Display 30"
  • Ralph Johns (UK) Level 9 Level 9 (66,805 points)
    Hi michel1993,

    The Answer is both yes and no to this.

    In an Everyday iChat set up, NO
    You can not directly get one IM format (AIM used by Apple IDs and AIM Names) to login to a Server for a Jabber (Including GoogleTalk) ID.

    However it is possible to use a Jabber server that runs what are called Transports that link Jabber servers to the various other major IM services such as AIM, MSN and Yahoo.

    Jabber servers are spread all over the world and some are Public one that you can join.
    Some run these "Transports" for for just the people registered with them and other run ones that can be linked to from other Jabber Servers.

    See the Three Links in the Jabber section here that show to do this.
    http://www.ralphjohns.co.uk/page5.html#_jabber



    9:05 PM Wednesday; July 22, 2009

    Please, if posting Logs, do not post any Log info after the line "Binary Images for iChat"
    G4/1GhzDual MDD (Leopard) MacBookPro 2gig( 10.5)-Sky w/c Sagem 2504 modem, Mac OS X (10.5.7), "Limit the Logs to the Bits above Binary Images."

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