Thursday, October 25, 2007

making Mac iChat video work with an AIM account

After months of frustration, Yahoo technical and I figured out how to video conference using:
  • Mac OS X 10.4.10 (Tiger)
  • iChat (3.1.8)
  • our AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) Account
For reasons we don't understand, the default AIM server setting doesn't work.

the fix that worked for us
  1. Open iChat preferences and click on the Accounts tab
  2. Select your AIM account
  3. Click on Server settings
  4. Change the default port (5190) to Port: 1080 (at the top - no need for a proxy server)
  5. Restart iChat
[This also works for .Mac accounts - free or paid. Change the default port from 5060 to 1080.]

Yes, we have Apple's firewall on, and a Netgear router firewall in action.

1 comment:

ArmyPunk said...

This is so annoying. I log out of AIM and i have access to change the port, but regardless of what i change it to, as soon as i click off the port # box, it automatically jumps back to the default and it will not stay at 1080. Any idea WHY this is happening. I have the most recent software Updates.