iChat "opens" but doesn't show up...

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by BugsBunny, Apr 14, 2008.

  1. BugsBunny macrumors member

    Jun 16, 2007
    I have had a problem recently where I can start the iChat application, and the little indicator in the dock shows that it is open, and when I hit the dock icon I get the iChat menu in the menu bar...but no actual window pops up and nearly all of the options in the drop down menus are grayed out and unusable. Does anyone know how I might fix this?
  2. EricNau Moderator emeritus


    Apr 27, 2005
    San Francisco, CA
    Have you tried checking your preferences to ensure that your account is still there, and "use this account" is checked?
  3. BugsBunny thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 16, 2007
    i would try that...

    but Preferences isn't an available option! all i've got is My Status, My Accounts (with nothing coming out of the arrow), Services, Hide iChat, Hide Others, and then a few random ones in other menus like Fonts and whatnot.

    i feel like maybe i have to reinstall iChat, is there some way to download iChat and do that without having to do the whole OS?
  4. aaronH macrumors newbie

    Nov 12, 2008
    Me too

    My daughter's macbook does this same thing. She can initiate a chat/video if it's in her "Recent Items...", and receive chats/video but the iChat window does not show up anywhere. Everything is up-to-date as well.

  5. phday macrumors newbie

    Nov 23, 2008
    Me Too

    I'm having this EXACT same problem. I'm new to Macs as well and this is pretty frustrating.
  6. TheKnifeFight macrumors member

    Oct 29, 2008
    select the window tab at the top and bring all the windows to front.

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