iChat Erased

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  1. Mr. Incredible, Mar 14, 2011
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    Mr. Incredible macrumors 6502a

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    #1
    I log onto iChat, and it's completely empty. All my buddies have been erased. What the hell happened, and how can I restore everything?

    I'm clicking the plus button to add a contact, and its not even showing up on the list. I have no idea wtf is goin on, first time this has happened. Can someone please help?

    Clearly, I'm not the only one:

    http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?threadID=2783462&tstart=0
     
  2. MacForScience macrumors 6502

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    #2
    Clam down my friend. iChat does not store your buddies locally they come from the respective account servers.

    Step 1: Log-in to each account if you multiple accounts such as AOL and Yahoo. Check your buddy list/s and make sure everything is there.

    Step 2: drag all iChat preferences (com.apple.iChat.____.plist) to the trash do not delete them yet

    Step 3: open iChat it should ask you to re-add your account/s do so

    Your buddies should be back if not post back.
     
  3. Mr. Incredible thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    #3
    I don't know how to drag all iChat preferences to the trash.

    But, my buddylist was completely blank. I just clicked the log off (username), and than when I clicked log on, all my contacts appeared.

    I'm curious to know what the problem was.
     
  4. MacForScience macrumors 6502

    MacForScience

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    #4
    The server-ichat sync had a glitch.

    Cheers
     

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