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Nov 1, 2012 6:10 PM

I have used ichat (now messages) for 4 years without problem. I recently updated to mountian lion and my buddy who is online does not appear in my buddy list. I have tried to delete then contact and add again, that did not work. I am open for suggestions.

MacBook Pro, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • Ralph Johns (UK) Level 9 Level 9 (66,805 points)

    Hi,

     

    Have you checked the Off Line Group ?  (From any Buddy List)

    What sort of Buddy are they (AIM, Jabber, Yahoo ) ?

     

    They could be set to Invisible at their end if they are AIM or Yahoo Buddies

    If you were displaying the AIM "Recent Buddies" group and did not move them the Buddy list proper and now don't display the Recent Buddies group they will not show up.

     

     

     


    8:45 PM      Saturday; November 3, 2012


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

     

      iMac 2.5Ghz 5i 2011 (Mountain Lion 10.8.2)
     G4/1GhzDual MDD (Leopard 10.5.8)
     MacBookPro 2Gb (Snow Leopard 10.6.8)
     Mac OS X (10.6.8),
     Couple of iPhones and an iPad

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

  • Ralph Johns (UK) Level 9 Level 9 (66,805 points)

    Hi,

     

    For AIM Buddies that appear to always be in the Off Line Group when you know they should be in an On Line Group tends to point to settings at the Buddies end.

     

    Invisible is one setting that can be set globally.

     

    In iChat > Preferences > Accounts > AIM Account > Security Setting tab they could be set to Allow Certain People and have not included you.

    Quite often used to exclude say work colleagues after hours as it were.

    It can also be that they have Allow Buddy List Only and have forgotten to add you to the Buddy List.

    Although rare it is possible for some Buddies to somehow get added to the Block list.

     

    I would also check your own settings in the Security tab as this can also make them appear Off Line.

     

     


    8:05 PM      Monday; November 5, 2012


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

     

      iMac 2.5Ghz 5i 2011 (Mountain Lion 10.8.2)
     G4/1GhzDual MDD (Leopard 10.5.8)
     MacBookPro 2Gb (Snow Leopard 10.6.8)
     Mac OS X (10.6.8),
     Couple of iPhones and an iPad

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

  • Ralph Johns (UK) Level 9 Level 9 (66,805 points)

    Hi,


    She can start the Chats meaning she can see you as ON Line.

    The Screen Sharing will be a different Issue.

     

    You mention OS X 10.8. 2 in your first post (well it's a  Spec tag actually).

     

    That should mean you are using Messages.

     

    By default this does not display Buddy lists.

    Use the Window Menu > Buddies (CMD+ 1 keystroke)

     

    This Buddy list is a combined list in it's default state.

    That means it can be showing AIM, Jabber, Bonjour and Yahoo Buddies if you have accounts of these types and they are Enabled.

     

    This also tends to mean the Status Messages are the same for All as are attempts to be Invisible.

    For some reason if the Yahoo Account is trying  to be Invisible it does this to the AIM Account as well.

     

    Go to the General Section of the Preferences and Untick the line that gathers them into one list.

     

    This should then show you different Buddy Lists on the Desktop

     

    Use the Status items as a Drop down on each one (The bit that says Available or Away or whatever message you are broadcasting).

    At the bottom of the list of Messages it says you can make All Statuses the Same.

    Make sure this is not set on ANY buddy list.

     

    As It intimated make sure the Status Option is not Invisible.

     

    Repeat at the other end.

     

    Screen Sharing

    IF you can Video Chat then you have enough Bandwidth (Internet Speed) to your individual computers to do Screen Sharing.

     

    Screen Sharing is technically an Audi Chat+

    The Plus bit is the VNC connection that allows the Desktop to be seen.

     

    The VNC connection is on a random port so you have to use UPnP (Or Port Mapping Protocol on Apple Base Stations) to allow the ports to be opened in your routing device.

    You cannot Port Forward or use Port Triggering to open the ports (there is no way to list a random port).

     

     

     

     


    9:05 PM      Tuesday; November 6, 2012


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

     

      iMac 2.5Ghz 5i 2011 (Mountain Lion 10.8.2)
     G4/1GhzDual MDD (Leopard 10.5.8)
     MacBookPro 2Gb (Snow Leopard 10.6.8)
     Mac OS X (10.6.8),
     Couple of iPhones and an iPad

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

  • Ralph Johns (UK) Level 9 Level 9 (66,805 points)

    Hi

     

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    9:35 PM      Tuesday; November 20, 2012


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

     

      iMac 2.5Ghz 5i 2011 (Mountain Lion 10.8.2)
     G4/1GhzDual MDD (Leopard 10.5.8)
     MacBookPro 2Gb (Snow Leopard 10.6.8)
     Mac OS X (10.6.8),
     Couple of iPhones and an iPad

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

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