Mac Messenger problem

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by DonViany, Jun 18, 2010.

  1. DonViany macrumors newbie

    Jun 18, 2010

    I have a problem: When I log on on Mac messenger all my contacts are blocked and messenger ask me to add them... ANd when I add them again, the blocks can't be undone...

    Can somebody help me?


  2. Pushkar macrumors 6502a

    Jun 9, 2009
    SW London, UK
    Use Adium, it works a lot better and looks great!
  3. Libertine Lush macrumors 6502a

    Nov 23, 2009
    Microsoft has been slow in updating the Mac version. Still missing lots of features in the Windows version, which I actually like.

    I'd recommend Adium as well.
  4. sookainian macrumors regular

    Feb 16, 2008
    Same problem here. started like 1 day ago. Anyidea ??
  5. colourfastt macrumors 6502a


    Apr 7, 2009
    As stated previously: Adium
  6. kenno12 macrumors newbie

    Jun 29, 2010
    im having the same problem with mac messenger and i have tried adium and i dont really like it.

    if somone knows how to resolve this problem please speak up!
  7. johnrs macrumors 6502a

    Jul 7, 2008
    Nottingham - UK
    shut msn down
    open up the folder: /user/library/preferences/microsoft/
    remove "Microsoft Messenger User Cache.plist"

    worked for me
  8. kenno12 macrumors newbie

    Jun 29, 2010
    brilliant!! thanks a lot mate!!
  9. johnrs macrumors 6502a

    Jul 7, 2008
    Nottingham - UK
    Glad it work
  10. MBPMax macrumors member

    Jun 10, 2010
    Germany & UK
    I had the same problem a few days ago, and the posted solution worked for me. However, now every single time I log into Microsoft Messenger, it always shows those "...added you to their contact list" pop ups for everyone in my contact list. No matter whether I block or accept them, they always come back when I restart the messenger. Any ideas? They don't come up on Adium or Windows Live Messenger on Windows.
  11. LadyDarkStar macrumors newbie


    Jul 2, 2010
    somewhere over the rainbow
    I had the same problem. The solution mentioned above worked for me. :)
  12. mixmacface macrumors regular


    Jun 8, 2008
    in the 7th layer of hell.
    not sure if anyone posted a reply, but if removing the cache doesn't work, before you sign in, click the "clear account history" button. and just put in your sign information.. hope it helps.
  13. TaylorJ macrumors regular

    Jan 25, 2010
    Using an msn account was one of the biggest let downs on the mac. I switched a week ago and even though I knew the problem going in, didnt know it was this bad. I tried Msn for mac, very, very dissapointing. I tried adium, which is also dissapointing but better than msn for mac. I got a skin to make it look almost identical to windows live, but still many features are either missing or not working.

    Adium is good, but I cant get window cycling to work, and no touch gestures I have set up with btt work also. And dont get me started on file transfers, a 2 mb picture seemingly takes forever. Very inconsistent.
  14. iLog.Genius macrumors 601


    Feb 24, 2009
    Toronto, Ontario
    If deleting the associated .plists don't work, clear account history at the login window and that should fix it.
  15. Corndog5595 macrumors 65816

    Jul 16, 2010
    If you are using Mac Messenger in ‘favor’ of Adium, then you have probably never used adium. Its soooo much better than mac messenger or aMSN.

    This isn’t a problem with your client, this is just the speed at which files over MSN transfer. Mac to Mac, or PC to PC its still this slow.
  16. TaylorJ macrumors regular

    Jan 25, 2010
    Sorry to call you out, but that is 100% wrong. I'm not saying its the client,but thats only a conclusion I came to without any other guesses. You might be right that its not the client, but its not the speed at which files over MSN transfer. I've been using msn on pc for maybe 11 years. 2 mb files, usually pictures transfer within seconds. Sometimes it doesn't even take 2 seconds. Songs can take anywhere from 30-1 minute. Files transfers take longer when there are connection problems from either side, if not they are lightning quick.
  17. Corndog5595 macrumors 65816

    Jul 16, 2010
    alright. I guess they have just always been slow for me.
  18. genkib macrumors newbie

    Sep 6, 2010
    Sorry, how do I do this? I have Messenger for Mac 7.0.2 and I don't seem to see that option of "clear account history"?

    thanks in advance
  19. moel macrumors 6502

    Nov 7, 2007
    Hi, to clear this issue up...I did a bit of research, because it always annoyed me, and unfortunately it's an inherant problem created by Microsoft. Basically when you use msn messenger, on a pc or a mac, then it connects peer to peer, effectively you've got the direct line to the other persons computer.

    However external non msn app's don't have access to that facility, so all file transfers HAVE to be routed via MS's servers to the other person. Hence the huge delay, and wanky 2k transfer speeds no matter what broadband you are on.
  20. genkib macrumors newbie

    Sep 6, 2010
    I figured it out and did the trick as suggested but the problem still persists...I still can't see my friend as online even though I know he is...

    Any other suggestions besides clearing account history & resigning in, or deleting those plist cache files? :(
  21. Raggy macrumors newbie

    Sep 1, 2010
    London, UK
    Is it possible Microsoft make things like this deliberately buggy for Macs? :confused:
  22. Newfiejudd macrumors regular

    Jul 8, 2010
    Using the new MS Office 2011 for mac it has a newer version of MSN that actually supports most of the features found in the PC version. If you search online you can find the download and have access to all the great features as in the PC.

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