MSN Messenger Broken on Adium and Pidgin

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If, like me, you don't use Windows, then you probably rely on Adium or Pidgin for instant messaging.

As of this morning neither Adium or Pidgin has not been able to connect to the MSN messenger servers for instant messaging.

If you're on a Mac you can install the Microsoft Messenger for Mac software or you can downgrade Adium to an older version.

The Pidgin developers are aware of the issue and are promising to release a fix, though when remains to be seen

For more in depth technical details check out the post on the Adium blog

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6 Responses to MSN Messenger Broken on Adium and Pidgin

  1. Ken Stanley January 12, 2009 at 8:04 pm #

    I’m using Adium (v1.3.2). It was down for most of the day but it seems to be working again now.

  2. Michele Neylon January 12, 2009 at 8:23 pm #

    Ken
    Pidgin is connecting successfully now as well. Hopefully it will keep working!
    Michele

  3. 5h4mr0(k January 13, 2009 at 10:33 am #

    I noticed the Pidgin problem. To fix it download
    http://msn-pecan.googlecode.com/files/msn-pecan-0.0.17.exe
    Restart Pidgin
    Modify your MSN account settings, and change the protocol from MSN to WLM.

  4. John Handelaar January 13, 2009 at 2:05 pm #

    apt-get install msn-pecan
    Then delete your MSN account and re-add it as a ‘WLM’ account instead.
    Last night it was a workaround, now it’s more “ooo, it can do file transfers at above 1KBps, I’ll keep it”.

  5. Michele Neylon January 15, 2009 at 6:37 pm #

    Thanks for the tips 🙂
    The problem I ran into is that I use a Mac during the day, so unless Adium had released a patch I was pretty much snookered!
    Michele

  6. Mike February 1, 2009 at 4:54 pm #

    The biggest advantage of Pidgin is that it’s an open source software and it’s source code is accessible for all for free. And it is guaranteed that there’s no backdoor.

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