Is there still a way to videochat on PPC?

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  1. appleish19 macrumors regular

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    Hey everyone, I've been looking for a way to videochat with some of my friends and family on some of my PPC computers. I know that skype has been striped of features. Has anyone found an alternative way of videochatting? Maybe with running Linux? iChat?
     
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  3. appleish19 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks, that's interesting I have a aol address with iChat. Would the people who want to chat need a aol address as well or is there a way it can connect to google, skype, ect. though some extension or program?
     
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    i managed to do it via yahoo messenger but apparently there is no other people using it. another way is to use the modified version of skype to log in and then install an old version of skype on a windows pc of whom you want to chat with
     
  5. appleish19 thread starter macrumors regular

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    I'll have to try that. Where would I find the modified skype? What version would the other person need?
     
  6. iModFrenzy macrumors 6502a

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    The modified skype does not allow video. Only audio.
     
  7. pochopsp macrumors 6502

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    the modified version of skype does not allow video if you try to do it with a person having a recent version of skype installed. I tried it a few months ago on a windows 7 pc, with an old version of skype (it does not work on newer oses like windows 8 or 10), maybe the 5.1, and it worked.

    anyway you can find it on youtube
     
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    But the chances of someone still having 5.1 are slim, I don't believe having Windows 7 or 10 makes a difference being you can run the same application on both oses.
     
  9. pochopsp macrumors 6502

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    Try then to start Skype 5.1 on windows 8... It will crash!
     
  10. Altemose macrumors G3

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    On PowerPC you are limited to either using iChat or Yahoo. There are a couple of IM programs with additional services, but for video chat then iChat is the best bet. AIM/AOL is my preferred service.
     
  11. pochopsp macrumors 6502

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    Just tried a videochat between my Powermac G4 and a windows 7 pc.

    Here they are the steps you have to do:

    1) install the latest skype application for windows desktop
    2) log in with your skype account on this appplication
    3) without logging out, while skype is still opened, uninstall it
    4) install skype 5.10.0.116 for windows, you can find it on the web
    5) open it and it will automatically access to your account you logged before on the newest skype version

    i know it is a long process, but it will allow you to videochat on skype and even to share your screen (a function only skype has).

    if you try to log in directly from skype 5.10.0.116 it won't allow you to do that.
     

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