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Old 09-20-2004, 06:13 AM   #1
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MSN on fedora core


I'm using fedora core 1 and am trying to connect to MSN.

I have tried Gaim, Kopete, Kmess, aMSN and a bunch of others, but none of them connects or gives a decent error message.

The MSN webmessenger (using firefox) DOES work, strangely enough.

Does anybody have any idea what the problem may be? Is it a firewall problem? If yes: how do I fix it?
 
Old 09-20-2004, 06:52 AM   #2
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If it is a firewall issue, see if port 1863 is being blocked. If it is an aMSN issue, make sure you use the latest version (0.93) and it downloads the correct protocols.

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Old 09-20-2004, 06:54 AM   #3
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How do I check if a port is being blocked? (I am a newbie...)
I have installed the latest version of all the programs I mentioned.
 
Old 09-20-2004, 06:59 AM   #4
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I use Guarddog for all my firewall stuff. Basically, it's a front-end to iptables. It has a pretty good help file / tutorial. With this, you can allow the "MSN port" to recieve and send data.

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Old 09-20-2004, 07:02 AM   #5
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Your firewall will not block the connection.. (although it may block file transfere's through MSN but not chatiing)

it could be your versions are out of date... services like MSN and YAHOO tend to change there protocol every now and again, just too hassle open source clients i think

get the latest versions of kopete / gaim from gaim.sourceforge.net or kde.org
 
Old 09-20-2004, 07:09 AM   #6
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I completely disabled the firewall, it still doesn't work.
It could be my corporate firewall, but I don't think so, because MSN works on the windoze boxes.
Any other ideas? I have the most recent version of kopete, which responds with "Error 14"
 
Old 09-20-2004, 10:46 AM   #7
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Ah, it's almost certainly the corporate firewall.

In the latest version of Gaim try enabling "httpmethod" type connections. Most MSN clients don't support this, it's used for firewall tunelling, but MSN for Windows will automatically use this if it can't connect normally.
 
Old 09-21-2004, 06:41 AM   #8
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That was a useful tip!

Now it connects and I can see my buddy list. I can't send or receive anything though.
Also, gaim crashes every time I attempt to send a message.
It also disconnects randomly with the error message: "cannot write using http" or something like this.
 
Old 09-21-2004, 09:06 AM   #9
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It was always a bit flakey. A friend of mine wrote it, I debugged it, but getting the MSN servers to keep the connection up for long periods of time is a bit of a black art. I'd recommend talking to the Gaim developers.
 
Old 09-21-2004, 09:27 AM   #10
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Is the MSN account your are trying to connect to an actual "MSN" or "hotmail" account.. or is it just a standard name@domain.com style account??

I have a hotmail account which all the messengers connect to perfectly.. but none of them have ever connected under my .net passport MSN conection...

Anyone know what causes this??
 
  


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