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Old 01-12-2004, 09:46 PM   #1
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AIM Clients

Hey all-

I'm currently running a fresh new install of Fedora Core 1, and everything seems to work fine except for my machine's ability to connect to AIM. No matter what piece of software I try (Gaim, Kopete, or the official AIM put out by AOL), they all seem to stall on connect. When I run Gaim in debug mode, I get the following output after I click "sign on:"

account: Connecting to account 0x9af4df0. gc = 0x9b8ce40
connection: Connecting. gc = 0x9b8ce40
connection: Calling serv_login
server: gaim 0.75 logging in [my SN here] using AIM/ICQ
oscar: oscar_login: gc = 0x9b8ce40
dns: Created new DNS child 16397, there are now 1 children.
dns: Host '' resolved
proxy: Connecting to with no proxy
proxy: Connect would have blocked.
proxy: Connected.
oscar: Screen name sent, waiting for response
accounts: Writing accounts to disk.

At this point, the GUI progress bar says "Screen name sent" and it's stalled at about 25% or so...I'm not firewalled in any way and everything else seems to work perfectly. Can it be some security setting somewhere that prevents my machine from accepting the oscar connection? If so, how can I check this (I'm a linux newbie)? What else could it possibly be?

In case it's necessary, I'm running a P4 2.4 GHz system on an ASUS p4p800-deluxe mobo.

Any feedback would be appreciated, thanks in advance...

Last edited by frotzed; 01-12-2004 at 09:49 PM.
Old 01-12-2004, 11:21 PM   #2
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Are you connected via a router? If so, it might be the double-firewall thing doing bad things. Try turning off the Fedora firewall, and see what that does. If you don't know how, hey, don't worry, neither do I :-)

Just reinstall it and select "No Firewall"

If that doesn't work, I don't know what's wrong. I use the official AIM client (installed via RPM) on my RH9 and it has always worked like a charm for me.

Does AIM work on Windows (or your other OS)?

I run RH 9.0 because I refuse to switch to Fedora until when I SAY I don't want KDE it doesn't install it anyway without my permission. Along with about every other package in the distro.
Old 01-13-2004, 12:14 AM   #3
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Haha yea, I noticed it did that too for me, I just chose to ignore it

I have my system dual-booted with XP and both AIM and the Gaim windows port work fine, which is why this is so surprising to me. The thing is, I'm not running a firewall (I remember choosing no during installation) and there is no router... its just really weird and I think it doesn't like me, that's why it decided to give me my sound output through my line-in port instead of the normal out port, but that's another story for another time

This is actually the only thing keeping me from completely getting rid of Windows, I'd love to figure it out somehow and completely convert... thanks anyway, if anyone else knows anything please post away...
Old 01-13-2004, 12:35 AM   #4
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well if i remember coorectly...there are two ways of connecting to AIM through gaim...the servers i mean....check that out.
also a suggestion...try posting this query among the networking threads as the guys out there will probably help u much more.
Old 01-13-2004, 07:43 AM   #5
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Distribution: Mandrake 9.1, Slackware 9.1, Windows XP
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try unistalling gaim, then reinstalling a fresh copy
i doubt this will work since its happening on gaim and aim
but if u want to
then i guess its worth a try


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