got macbook.new to mac.need help wit yahoo&msn messengers

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  1. peanut48 macrumors regular

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    hi
    jus got a new macbook...an am switchin from a pc to a mac...have been playing around a bit trying to figure out how mac's work...i downloaded both yahoo and msn messengers...mac versions...however they never connect to the internet...even skype..i use a wireless connection at university and a vpn client...i think it mite have somethings to do wit proxies...but i cant figure it out in my macbook...so if anyone could help me out wit this would be great...
    also wat r the esssential tasks i should do to keep my macbook in great shape...thanks in advance
     
  2. livingfortoday macrumors 68030

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    I would recommend you get Adium for instant messaging, as it can let you connect to both those services at the same time, and looks much slicker. You can get it at www.adiumx.com

    As far as upkeep goes, the Mac will already defrag itself and run other maintenance tasks overnight if you leave it on, so all I would recommend doing is opening up Disk Utility every now and again and repairing permissions.
     
  3. peanut48 thread starter macrumors regular

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    thanks i downloaded adium now but even that doesnt connect...any idea how the proxy stuff works?
     
  4. TEG macrumors 604

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    Usually VPNs prevent you from using any un-approved software (like IMs). Proxy information, if needed, can be entered in the Network Preference Pane, and if necessary in the Preferences for each applications, located under the Application (Name) Menu.

    TEG
     
  5. tobefirst macrumors 68040

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    Worst case scenario, if you can't figure out the proxy thing: use meebo. I use it at work and love it!
     
  6. peanut48 thread starter macrumors regular

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    thanx everyone.....am using meebo now at uni....alls well now...
     

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