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cuz789lol Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Aug 11, 2011 5:26 AM

I can open iChat but i cannot set it to available. It stays offline. I have OS X 10.7 and iChat 6.0.1 with an AIM and a gmail account in it. It was working fine until recently it just started not signing on.

  • Ralph Johns (UK) Level 9 Level 9 (66,805 points)
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    Aug 11, 2011 12:54 PM (in response to cuz789lol)

    Hi,

     

    Have you enabled Parental Controls on your Mac User Account ?

     

     

     

     


    8:54 PM      Thursday; August 11, 2011


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

     

     G4/1GhzDual MDD (Leopard 10.5.8)
     MacBookPro 2Gb( 10.6.8)
     Mac OS X (10.6.8),

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

  • Ralph Johns (UK) Level 9 Level 9 (66,805 points)
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    Aug 11, 2011 1:06 PM (in response to cuz789lol)

    Glad you found the answer.

     

    Thanks for letting us know.

     

     


    9:06 PM      Thursday; August 11, 2011


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

     

     G4/1GhzDual MDD (Leopard 10.5.8)
     MacBookPro 2Gb( 10.6.8)
     Mac OS X (10.6.8),

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

  • jdihiansan Calculating status...
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    Aug 12, 2011 4:51 AM (in response to cuz789lol)

    I am having these problems too. Yesterday iChat was working fine. Now all my accounts are "offline". I tried resetting the PRAM. I also found another thread that suggested I force kill a process called "IMAGENT". I don't really want to go to the Genius Bar today :/

     

    Any advice is appreciated!

  • rocco@roccit Calculating status...
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    Aug 12, 2011 9:11 AM (in response to cuz789lol)

    I have the same problem, and my workaround is to open up preferences > accounts and uncheck, then recheck the "Enable this account" checkbox. Seems to work.

    roccit

  • jdihiansan Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Aug 12, 2011 9:17 AM (in response to cuz789lol)

    Actually for some bizarre reason this worked for me.

     

    1. Restarted machine.

    2. Clicked "Available" in iChat window.

    3. Selected "Offline".

    4. Selected "Available".

     

    Weird right? I think Lion has some weird network bugs under the hood.

  • Ralph Johns (UK) Level 9 Level 9 (66,805 points)
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    Aug 12, 2011 11:58 AM (in response to cuz789lol)

    For All,

     

    Another cause maybe  that you are running Litle Snitch.

    Check the Rules settings and make sure both iChat and iChatAgent are allowed through Little Snitch.

     

    (They released a New verson for LIon on the 8th August)

     

     

     


    7:58 PM      Friday; August 12, 2011


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

     

     G4/1GhzDual MDD (Leopard 10.5.8)
     MacBookPro 2Gb( 10.6.8)
     Mac OS X (10.6.8),

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

  • Videomyster Calculating status...
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    Aug 28, 2011 3:37 PM (in response to cuz789lol)

    I don't use Litle Snitch or anything fancy. You shouldn't need to restart or do the whole PRAM thing.

     

    1st, Quit iChat.

    2nd, Open Activity Monitor in your Applications->Utilities. From there, look for "imagent" and quit it.

    3rd, Start iChat.

     

     

    Enjoy!

  • Ralph Johns (UK) Level 9 Level 9 (66,805 points)
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    Aug 29, 2011 11:10 AM (in response to Videomyster)

    Hi,

     

    If you have a simple set up then simple Fixes will work.

     

    If you are more security concious and use Little Snitch or other packet sniffers then you will need to make sure those are not the problem.

     

    In reallity it should not be IMAgent either.

    As the Home Library is now Invisible (A Change of Permissions in effect) checking Ownership of the Key keyand and the Read and Write Permissions should be looked at.

     

    (Repairing Permissions does not touch anything in the Home Folder)

     

     


    7:05 PM      Monday; August 29, 2011


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

     

     G4/1GhzDual MDD (Leopard 10.5.8)
     MacBookPro 2Gb( 10.6.8)
     Mac OS X (10.6.8),

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

  • Ralph Johns (UK) Level 9 Level 9 (66,805 points)
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    Aug 30, 2011 11:24 AM (in response to cuz789lol)

    Hi,

     

    The PRAM clears some memory stored items that are mostly set from the System Preferences.

    I would check Date and Time (Time Zone), the one that used to be International (top row with a flag icon) about Text Input. Also MobileMe if you have it (Back to My Mac) and the Calanders and Mail ID storage pane next to it.

     

     

     


    7:24 PM      Tuesday; August 30, 2011


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

     

     G4/1GhzDual MDD (Leopard 10.5.8)
     MacBookPro 2Gb( 10.6.8)
     Mac OS X (10.6.8),

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

  • JYQZ Calculating status...
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    Aug 31, 2011 9:11 AM (in response to cuz789lol)

    I found a way too, but it dont fix your problem forever. you got to do it everytime whenever you use ichat.

     

    go into ichat's -peference-

     

    under the tab - account information-

     

    re-check the -enable account-

     

    i dont know weather it will work for you or not. Please tell so if it dont work. ^^

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