not able to connect to pidgin instant messenger

Asked by vishnu on 2009-04-02

i changed to hardy heron 8.04 from windows recently... i am no able to access the pidgn instant messenger.i am using wi-fi connection 4 internet when ever i try connect pidgn instant messenger it displays "could not establish a connection with the server "can any body help me out from this pls??????i am able to browse....but not able to connect to messengers

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2009-04-03
jetbundle (mbrane) said : #1

I think that's related to Micro$oft being asshole and tweaking their (proprietary) protocol at random to annoy people who use superior software (i.e. Linux).

Right now I'm using kopete (where msn is called wlm) and it works. You can also try amsn for example.

I'd install and try those first, and if they don't work either. Only if they don't work either you can start worrying about the network. I don't think the fact that you use wireless has to do with it. If it's the network, then it's presumably a firewall issue.

Tom (tom6) said : #2

Does web-based, or any other email function correctly? I'm wondering if smtp and pop3 is configured correctly. imaps would be a better protocol, if available.

Good luck and regards from
Tom :)

jetbundle (mbrane) said : #3

Tom: fyi.: Pidgin is an instant messenger. This is not about emailing.

vishnu: Ignore Tom's comment - like everywhere in web 2.0 everyone can contribute here, so you need to be careful about judging the quality of advice.

Tom (tom6) said : #4

Easy tiger! I don't think it's really appropriate to swear in this kind of family forum, please be gentle.

Try right click on a persons name and then click on "Overview" to compare karma point rating and general info but whatever the statistics say though it is always worth being cautious about advice that's offered. Personally when i ask a question i then use the answer to do a little research of my own before committing to anything.

I would be amazed if there's any scenario where email did work and im's didn't. Are the protocols really so different?

Good luck and regards from
Tom :)

vishnu (vishnureddy89) said : #5

even i am not able to access the "gossip" messenger also..............

Ben Bridts (band-b) said : #6

Are you behind a firewall?

vishnu (vishnureddy89) said : #7

yes.....i am behind a firewall....

jetbundle (mbrane) said : #8

Is it your own firewall (which you may configure)?

vishnu (vishnureddy89) said : #9

no i am using wirless network for internet our moderator blocks some sites.....

jetbundle (mbrane) said : #10

There are some chances that the appropriate ports (i think it connects to port 1863 at messenger.hotmail.com) for MSN are blocked (a quick google search on "MSN messenger firewall" should give you some info), but if it's not your own network, then your only chance is to bring your network admin some cookies or flowers and ask him to enable the ports (you can always cook up some reason, why you need MSN). You can also try to check the port in the config of pidgin - maybe there's some alternative port you can use.

Alternatively, is there some other host to which you have access to (via ssh)? Then you could tunnel your MSN traffic through ssh.
You can also check the thread: https://answers.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/pidgin/+question/41050

As a last resort, you can always use the MSN web messenger.

Ben Bridts (band-b) said : #11

You can also try to check the 'use HTTP method' box in the advanced tab of your msn account

Tom (tom6) said : #12

Ahh great :) Now we're getting some great answers, both these look good. Hope this helps Vishnu :)
Good luck and regards from
Tom :)

vishnu (vishnureddy89) said : #13

no even now also i am not able to open my account in any of accounts(gmail,yahoo...) in pidgin any other way

vishnu (vishnureddy89) said : #14

even now also i am not able to open my account in any of accounts(gmail,yahoo...) in pidgin any other way or messenger i can install for gtalk atleast

vishnu (vishnureddy89) said : #15

even now also i am not able to open my account in any of accounts(gmail,yahoo...) in pidgin any other way or messenger i can install for gtalk atleast

jetbundle (mbrane) said : #16

just for the sake of it: did you try amsn? Though I think it's not a problem with pidgin itself, since I can use msn on my pidgin at the moment. do web-based messengers (msn: http://webmessenger.msn.com/ ) work?

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