Family member with brand new MacBook can't Video Chat??

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Khryz, Mar 30, 2008.

  1. Khryz macrumors 6502a

    Jan 7, 2007
    So one of my family members just bought a brand new Macbook. Also, one of his sons also bought a brand new Macbook. I have had mine since July and when my cousin turned his on, we instantly were able to Video Chat. However, my uncle who just bought his is having problems connecting with us.

    We can even talk in regular iChat instant messaging but not in Video Chats. I'll request to him and he'll accept it but then it'll just say there's a connection error. Same goes if he sends to me and I accept.

    What could enable us to talk over the IM in iChat but not Video Chat, where my cousin's computer he just opened it up and out of the box we were able to chat.

    Also keep in mind my uncle is in Hawaii at his house, and my cousin is here in New York, so they were on different internet connections.

  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn


    Mar 23, 2005
    I have a friend behind several routers in his apartment. I'd try to see what their networking situation is.
  3. klaxamazoo macrumors 6502

    Sep 8, 2006
    You have to enable the camera.

    It is under the video menu. 2nd from the bottom
  4. Khryz thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jan 7, 2007
    But see he went to the Apple Store, and he was able to do it through his .mac account that he set up when buying the laptop. But all of us are using AIM accounts - so we set him up with an AIM account to use so he could chat with us and there it doesn't work. He says he sees his picture on the screen waiting for my reply but even if one of us accepts it doesn't go through.

    I've been reading a lot and lots of people say it's either firewall related or not all the ports for iChat Video are enabled through the router.
  5. kg1984 macrumors member

    Dec 28, 2007
    I can't offer any real advice but just to say I experience this problem too between mine and my girlfriend's laptops - it appears to be down to the internet connection. Between me and her parents house it's fine, between me and her city flat is no joy.

    I've opened up my ports as described in the Apple document here: Perhaps you could guide your uncle through the same thing?

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