Fixing MSN Connection Problem: Can’t Connect in Gaim, aMSN, or Kopete

For the last couple of weeks or so (maybe it’s just been a week, I don’t know), I haven’t been able to connect to MSN with Kopete or Gaim. It has worked fine since initial installation of Ubuntu, and all of a sudden it just stopped and kept spitting out an “operation is not supported” error message. I didn’t really look into it during that time. But yesterday, it finally pissed me off enough to sit down and troubleshoot it.

After a bit of thinking, Googling, and reading forum posts, I remembered that MoBlock (PeerGuardian for Linux) had recently been updated.

Why would that cause any problems? Well, I remembered that when I initially installed it, I had to remove the Microsoft ranges that MoBlock blocked so that I can connect to MSN. I followed some steps in the Ubuntu Forum MoBlock thread to remove these ranges and it worked… until the update.

Thinking that the update re-added the Microsoft ranges, I figured I’d follow the same steps. When I looked at my MoBlock settings, sure enough, Microsoft was getting blocked again. Then I thought, no. I just want MSN to work and not block all of Microsoft.

So I followed some other steps in the MoBlock thread to tell it to allow the port number Gaim and Kopete use to connect to the MSN servers (UPDATE: A slight update with the latest version (Ubuntu 10.04 LTS and the current moblock).):

  1. sudo gedit /etc/moblock/MoBlock-nfq.sh
  2. gksu gedit /etc/blockcontrol/blockcontrol.conf
  3. Find the line: WHITE_TCP_OUT=”http https”
  4. Add 1863 (MSN Port #) to that line, like this: WHITE_TCP_OUT=”http https 1863″
  5. Save the file and close it.
  6. Do a sudo /etc/init.d/moblock-nfq restart sudo blockcontrol restart

That’s it! No more problems! Then, I got this satisfying feeling in my tummy!

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26 responses to “Fixing MSN Connection Problem: Can’t Connect in Gaim, aMSN, or Kopete”

  1. Ageless Stranger says :

    Works perfect for me on Ubuntu (/etc/moblock/moblock.conf)

    I also had to add port 443 and then restart blockcontrol (/etc/init.d/blockcontrol restart)

    Thanks

  2. Deebster says :

    Really helpful, thanks.

    This page is helpful for other ports/features: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/927847

  3. joey says :

    damn useful, this should be on the ubuntu installation webpage. thanks =]

  4. Allan says :

    A slight update with the latest version (Ubuntu 10.04 LTS and the current moblock).

    The file you need to change is now /etc/blockcontrol/blockcontrol.conf

    And to restart: sudo blockcontrol restart

  5. Kevin Guertin says :

    Thanks, Allan. I’ve updated the post. 🙂

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