problem connecting to Yahoo! using Kopete?

Since last week I have had trouble connecting to Yahoo! using Kopete.  I guess the same holds true for those who are using Pidgin.  At first I thought my Amarok was just eating up too much bandwidth since I was streaming party music from Cool Streams.  So I didn’t really bother connecting to Yahoo, exiting it (Kopete) after it was unable to login to my account.

Today I tried connecting to Yahoo again.  This time Amarok wasn’t streaming.  After some time I still didn’t see any buddy icons in the list.  Strange.  I checked the connection status and it said, “Connecting.”  I tried changing the status from offline to online several times and waited several minutes without any success. Just to be sure that Kopete wasn’t doing anything stupid, I added my Google Talk account.  It connected fast after the setup!  Ok this calls for some google-ing!

I Googled for any news that was affecting Kopete from connecting to the Yahoo! message service.. .  And there it was! A lot of people using Kopete, and Pidgin as well, were having the same problems.  Here is a link to the bug that was reported to bugs.kde.org.

So for a quick and temporary fix, they suggested to change servers.  From the default scs.msg.yahoo.com you should change your server to either of the following:

(1) cs101.msg.mud.yahoo.com
(2) cs102.msg.mud.yahoo.com
(3) cn.scs.msg.yahoo.com

You can change this by going to Settings > Configure > Accounts.  Then select your Yahoo! account, press Modify Account.  Change to the Account Preferences tab.  Check Override default server information then edit to either of the ones above.

The port is still 5050.

Both servers 1 and 2 didn’t work for me, though some people confirmed that it worked for them.  Only server 3 allowed me to connect.

Try it out and welcome back online!

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Notice: This article was published on June 25, 2009 and the content above may be out of date.