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June 21, 2009

How to Fix Pidgin and Yahoo Issues

Filed under: Gnome,Guides — Bigbrovar @ 8:33 am

Lots of people (including me) have been experiencing issues trying to connect to their yahoo messenger account via pidgin. The reason for this issues seem to be that Yahoo are updating their servers and are using a new authentication system?

Thankfully i found a workaround

Work around
Open Pidgin and go to Account menu
buddy-list

select manage account, choose your yahoo account and click on modify

modify

go to the advance tab. and in the page server field replace whatever is there with the following
cs101.msg.mud.yahoo.com

save and close.

advance

Try connecting to yahoo again from pidgin. It sure worked for me. I hope it works for you

35 Comments »

  1. The last release[1] of pidgin should solve this issue. Just have to wait the rollout in the various distributions …
    1. http://developer.pidgin.im/wiki/ChangeLog

    Comment by ongola boy — June 21, 2009 @ 9:17 am | Reply

    • am sure it would .. but before then this will serve as a quick fix to the issue .. i hope

      Comment by Bigbrovar — June 21, 2009 @ 11:54 am | Reply

  2. Yep, it works. Thanks.😎

    Comment by AndyCooll — June 21, 2009 @ 8:27 pm | Reply

  3. This solution doesn’t work, and Yahoo won’t work in Kopete either.

    Comment by Zauber Paracelsus — June 21, 2009 @ 8:59 pm | Reply

    • It indeed does work. You need to close and restart Pidgin after you make the change.

      Comment by HoTMetaL — June 21, 2009 @ 9:26 pm | Reply

  4. worked, thanks🙂

    The workaround also worked in GyachE

    Comment by khalidyousif — June 21, 2009 @ 10:28 pm | Reply

  5. works in Kopete (kubuntu karmic beta 2,KDE 4.3 beta 2)… thanks…

    Comment by desaparecido — June 21, 2009 @ 11:44 pm | Reply

  6. oops.. it’s a detail but is kubuntu karmic alpha 2🙂

    Comment by desaparecido — June 21, 2009 @ 11:47 pm | Reply

  7. worked🙂

    cheers

    Comment by John — June 22, 2009 @ 2:12 am | Reply

  8. It’s work in Ubuntu’s Pidgin.

    Comment by Yee — June 22, 2009 @ 2:53 am | Reply

  9. Great tip! Thanks! But, how come even older versions of YM work?

    Comment by LVS — June 22, 2009 @ 5:50 am | Reply

  10. It sure works!
    thanks man, without people like you it’s hard to browse the web🙂

    Comment by Kunal — June 22, 2009 @ 5:50 am | Reply

  11. Thanks mate.. It worked…

    Comment by zenwalker — June 22, 2009 @ 3:35 pm | Reply

  12. Or you could just install Pidgin 2.5.7 where it’s been fixed🙂

    Comment by Vlad Nistor — June 23, 2009 @ 11:15 pm | Reply

  13. it says “could not estabilish a connection with a server : connection refused”

    i just copied the server above.

    but why it could not connect?

    Comment by nitaluvrain — June 25, 2009 @ 3:53 am | Reply

  14. Try
    cn.scs.msg.yahoo.com
    That is working today

    Comment by Cloud — June 25, 2009 @ 7:09 am | Reply

    • This worked…Thanks a lot…this who process has been very frustrating and its nice to have finally found a solution…

      Comment by Alecia — December 30, 2009 @ 5:49 pm | Reply

  15. I am using Pidgin 2.5.5 on Ubuntu 9.04.
    This one is not working:

    cs101.msg.mud.yahoo.com

    but it’s working fine with this one:

    cn.scs.msg.yahoo.com

    Thanks for sharing this information!

    Comment by Alex — June 25, 2009 @ 10:03 am | Reply

  16. If you are behind a firewall e.g. office setup, the below worked for me.

    Under Advanced Settings:
    Pager Server: 202.43.216.31
    Pager Port:80
    File Transfer Port:80

    Comment by jua — June 25, 2009 @ 6:31 pm | Reply

  17. If you can upgrade to the new pidgin 2.5.7 it should work fine. Should be something to do with how Yahoo changed Authentication. They have a repository on the Pidgin site that works well.

    Comment by Chris — June 25, 2009 @ 7:47 pm | Reply

  18. I tried this and it still didn’t work what else can i try?
    Thank you for your help..

    Comment by NomadRhodes — June 26, 2009 @ 4:02 am | Reply

  19. I tried it, and it worked for a few days, many thanks!!

    Then it stopped working, alas. Probably Yahoo changed again.

    Could you do again what you did to discover that fix, or better yet, say how you found it? Thanks again!

    Comment by bumpy — June 26, 2009 @ 10:29 pm | Reply

  20. looks like if you do fedora, you are s.o.l. until latest pidgin update. i note from lots of google that this scenario pops every couple years.

    Comment by dwpbike — June 27, 2009 @ 3:32 am | Reply

  21. cn.scs.msg.yahoo.com is working on my Ubuntu 9.04.

    Thanks for this massive help. How do you “know” what url to use?

    Comment by Barrie Callender — June 29, 2009 @ 2:26 pm | Reply

  22. cn.scs.msg.yahoo.com Is the way to go. Thanks for the help all!

    Comment by Drib Trebor — July 1, 2009 @ 6:07 pm | Reply

  23. Nope… Did not work for me and this issue is rather upsetting.

    Comment by mickey12gauge — July 4, 2009 @ 4:12 pm | Reply

  24. Pidgin 2.5.8 is now out with many fixes for the 2.5.7 issues. Available in my PPA and pidgin-developers.
    NB: new paging server is scsa.msg.yahoo.com

    Comment by Vlad Nistor — July 5, 2009 @ 6:47 pm | Reply

  25. GET THIS GUY SOME DRINKS!
    Thank you!
    Harrison.Vel aKa Buck Lucky

    Comment by Buck Lucky — September 7, 2009 @ 3:35 am | Reply

    • awww that is so nice of you Buck. I will have a bottle of sprite please😀

      Comment by Bigbrovar — September 7, 2009 @ 5:44 am | Reply

  26. That worked for me
    thx alot

    Under Advanced Settings:
    Pager Server: 202.43.216.31
    Pager Port:80
    File Transfer Port:80

    Comment by ibrahim — October 29, 2009 @ 4:24 pm | Reply

  27. cn.scs.msg.yahoo.com is the correct one for the ubuntu. its works on my Pidgin 2.4.3

    Thank You.

    Comment by Samar Maharjan — November 7, 2009 @ 1:11 am | Reply

  28. i Upgraded to 2.6 and it works like crazy… Have fun all

    Comment by Yao — December 29, 2009 @ 3:57 pm | Reply

  29. Jua and Ibrahim’s comment helped me, but not because of the IP address.

    PAGER PORT MUST BE 80

    Comment by Marcus — March 9, 2010 @ 6:50 pm | Reply

  30. pidgin got problem to connect yahoo accounts from march112010 did any one has solution how to solve this? iam using cn.scs.msg.yahoo.com as pagerserver

    Comment by mahi — March 14, 2010 @ 10:14 am | Reply


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