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Another method of automatic iChat sign-on Apps
I have dialup, so I am not connected when my computer starts up. The next time I connect, my iChat menu extra does not automatically log me in to the iChat network (it is still gray, and I must manually select "Available"). However, if I have opened iChat or the iChatAgent, I will be automatically signed on to the iChat network whenever I go online with my modem. This especially applies if you have an iBook that is not always plugged in, even if you do have a LAN or cable modem.

It is possible to sign on automatically to iChat without opening iChat itself. Instead of making an Applescript as suggested by this hint, you can accomplish this task with just a simple login item. Browse to /System -> Library -> PrivateFrameworks -> InstantMessage.framework, and drag the iChatAgent application to your Login Items in the System Preferences. By doing this, the iChat menu extra will automatically become active when you log in or go online.
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Re: Another method of automatic iChat sign-on
Authored by: sfn on Jan 02, '03 04:10:42PM

What difference would this make? iChatAgent runs anyway without having to add it to the Login Items. Am I missing a step?



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Re: Another method of automatic iChat sign-on
Authored by: r.leroux on Jan 03, '03 04:18:36AM

You do not need anything to have iChat open when opening a dial-up connection. Leave iChat connected, simply disconnect the modem. iChat will open itself when it sees that the connection is available next time.



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Re: Another method of automatic iChat sign-on
Authored by: ptwithy on Jan 03, '03 10:56:22AM

In my experience (full time LAN connection), iChat will randomly lose its connection and not attempt to reconnect. It also seems to think it is connected when it actually isn't. I am not a heavy iChat user, so I haven't pushed this, but my kids all prefer AIM because it stays connected.

IWBRNI Apple fixed iChat to keep itself on line. I won't use AIM because I can't stand the flickering commercials.



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Re: Another method of automatic iChat sign-on
Authored by: sfn on Jan 03, '03 11:13:04AM

Okay but that wasn't really the point of this hint. It was claimed that by having iChatAgent in your Login Items it would automagically make you available to others, "It is possible to sign on automatically to iChat without opening iChat itself". That was the point of the previous hint using AppleScript and now this hint.

It just doesn't work for me and I was wondering why it would work for him. iChatAgent runs when the iChat icon is in the menubar so running it again by adding it to your Login Items does nothing.

Yes, I know that once connected it will re-connect automatically when a dialup connection is re-established BUT it will not connect automatically the first time by following this hint.



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Re: Another method of automatic iChat sign-on
Authored by: Jacques on Jan 07, '03 03:51:09PM

The hint didn't work for me either..



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Another method of automatic iChat sign-on
Authored by: thornrag on Jun 01, '03 03:46:38PM

Great. But what i want to do is DISABLE this automatic nonsense. I don't want iChat logging me in just because I open my Powerbook. Anyone know how to turn this off?



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