ichat help...cool little table thing doesn't come...

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by blueicedj, Aug 20, 2007.

  1. blueicedj macrumors 6502

    Jul 11, 2007
    I tried ichat for the first time today, but me and my friend could not figure out how to get that cool glass table thing going on...and my friend said you need a .mac address to have a three way video conference...can anyone help shed light on this for me?
  2. gr8tfly macrumors 603


    Oct 29, 2006
    ~119W 34N
    The initiating machine needs to meet minimum requirements, otherwise iChat won't let you even open a multiple video chat. The requirements for joining a multiple video chat are less. You will see a multi-camera icon if you are allowed to open/join.

    Apple has a KB article describing the system requirment, but I don't have the ref. handy.

    Also, this assumes you can do a single video chat properly. Sometimes, the required ports get blocked by firewalls.

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  3. Anonymous Freak macrumors 603

    Anonymous Freak

    Dec 12, 2002
    It's not that you need to be using a .Mac account, it's that you need three people all using iChat on 10.4 with a fast enough computer and fast enough connection between the computers.

    If you only have the two of you on a Mac, then you won't get to see it. You would need a third iChat user. All of them can be AIM accounts, though.

    If you only know two iChat users with fast enough computers, you won't get to use it. In order to even participate in a multi-person iChat, you need a 1 GHz G4, a dual 800 MHz G4, or any G5 or Intel. In order to INITIATE the chat, you need a dual 1 GHz G4, or any G5 or Intel.

    If you only know two people with fast enough internet connections (it requires 128 kbps upload speed from EVERY user, and the one starting the chat needs 384 kbps upload, which is faster than lots of DSL connections provide.)

    And those are for the absolute minimum, crappy multi-person video chat. If you want the highest-resolution version, you need a dual G5 (dual 2.0 GHz to host) or dual 1.83 GHz Intel, and a 500 kbps upload speed to participate, 1500 kbps upload speed to host!
  4. blueicedj thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jul 11, 2007
    thanks for the info!...that does make sense, and only a few of my friends are capable of doing that. Maybe someday we'll all be online at the same time and I'll get to try it, haha.

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