2 Replies Latest reply: Feb 5, 2013 12:59 PM by Ralph Johns (UK)
DJPhilAngelo Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I deleted ichat from my imac because ichat wouldn't let me log in. It kept telling me that I tried to sign in too many times so i had to wait a few minutes to re sign in.

I inserted the install dvd for my imac, when i go to optional installs and click on the applications folder Ichat is unable to be selected. I can check off all other applications except IChat.


Does anyone know what else I can do?

imac 27in Quad Core 2.93 ghz intel core i7, 16 GB ram, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • DJPhilAngelo Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Fixed problem myself.... I wasn't sure if it was possible to do from a really old backup but I went into my time machine backup from over a year ago and restored ichat.

  • Ralph Johns (UK) Level 9 Level 9 (69,740 points)



    The Message from AIM about Logging in too many times can be waited out (there is little else that can be done)

    If it is happening continually then you need to look at you Network and whether it is maintaining enough of a "Always On" presence.


    Wifi Network can suffer micro breaks that cause Buffering in downloads but not complete loss of connection plus delay in going to new pages in a Browser or delays in fetching new mail.

    However iChat and Messages in Mountain Lion require an "Always On" connection.


    Your Process so far seems to be correct.

    Insert Appropriate DVD

    Select Optional Installs

    Launch the Optional Installs Package.

    Select iChat.


    Your Specs say OS X 10.6.8 which is Snow Leopard.

    This is the correct method and seems to tie up with what you are seeing.


    Lion and Mountain Lion need you to do the Restore Process. (it is like Archive and Install was but uses Apple's On Line store to get the Software).


    I can see that Lion (if this method was an option) might have issues if the Messages Beta had been installed but you are using Snow Leopard.


    I cannot think why it might not allow iChat.

    I would do PRAM reset as a first option.

    Shut down the computer.

    Restart it holding down Apple/CMD ( or ⌘)+ALT( ⌥)+P+R Keys until you have heard three Start Up Bongs.





    8:59 PM      Tuesday; February 5, 2013

    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