I'd try GAIM. It's free and well done.
I'd like to offer a cure, but imagine my looking over the boards and finding a recent rise in posts about this issue. It appears that MSn has an issue and maybe it's not you?
Wasn't there an article about MSn closing down chatservers?
I had msn 6.2 and then a friend sent me an older version 4.6 thru yahoo but still it will not connect everytime i try to log in it says that i am not connected to the internet which i am...i have broadband internet service COX....i can not check my email thru msn/hotmail pages either...everytime i put my email address in it says page cannot be found...but i know my id works because i tried it on a friends computer....so wut shud i do to fix my problem? ...should i download gaim?...but then wuts the guarantee that will work??.....PLEASE HELP ME OUT!! THANKS..