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I submitted the following as a bug report to Apple and thought it might be helpful to people here...

Problem: Can't complete connection, with an insufficient bandwidth error. From discussion at macosxhints.com, the solution seemed to be to set the bandwidth limit to something other than none. However, on my Lombard PowerBook, this option remains greyed out, presumably because the machine cannot support video.

Fix: Have the person at the other end set a non-zero bandwidth. This clears up the problem -- as long as at least one of the two machines has a non-zero bandwidth setting, the audio connection works perfectly.

Additional problem: I assume the reason why I can't set the bandwidth limit is because my machine cannot support video; I couldn't find the plist setting to try manually overriding it. If that's the case, then two older Macs cannot set up an audio chat, since neither can set the bandwidth limit.
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Resolve iChat AV connection issues on older machines
Authored by: mervTormel on Jul 04, '03 01:37:35PM
here, the bw limiter is set to 200 kbps:

$ defaults read com.apple.iChat | grep -i bitrate
VCMaxBitrate = 200;


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Edit your iTunes bandwidth preferences on an older mac
Authored by: Stereo on Jul 04, '03 03:21:49PM

So to write these settings to your preferences, quit iChat, open Terminal.app and type defaults write com.apple.iChat VCMaxBitrate 200 . Replace 200 with other values, play around.

This won't show up in the preferences and I haven't tested this yet. At least it doesn't seem to break anything :). Please let us know if this works.



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Resolve iChat AV connection issues on older machines
Authored by: charliebrown on Jul 05, '03 10:58:18PM

On my 500Mhz imac bandwidth cannot be changed. This is because ichat av does not support machines below 600Mhz.

Is there a fix for this. I have downloaded prefedit and cannot find vcmax ....

any suggestions.



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Resolve iChat AV connection issues on older machines
Authored by: sfred on Jul 07, '03 06:45:21PM

I've also added the line in the parent post (using PrefEdit). No harm done but no opportunity to know whether it solves the problem or not.

iChat AV is supported on slower machines according to apple (including my aging lombard), only video is unsupported.



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Resolve iChat AV connection issues on older machines
Authored by: rheathcott on Jul 05, '03 03:15:26PM

Go to Versiontracker and get PrefEdit. You can easily set this preference.



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