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Windows live messenger 8.5 problem

by gta333 / February 10, 2008 1:44 AM PST

Hi
First of all, I apologize if this topic is posted somewhere else.
The thing is, I have 2gb of RAM and everything else is going fine. However, when messenger is on and I get a message or even an emoticon the whole system freezes for cca 5 seconds, which is abhorrently annoying.
I tried to switch to msn 7.5, but microsoft wont let me...
What to do?

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I had problems with that
by foxyboy / February 10, 2008 1:46 AM PST

I had big problems with 8.5, not the ones you mentioned but things like disconecting each time I got a message.

I downloaded Windows Live Messenger 9.0 BETA and works fine no problems.

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windows live mail 9 beta
by trolyy / February 10, 2008 2:49 AM PST

where you download that from.

plus isn't it true that it only works(able to sign in) if you are a beta tester.

Si.

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Don't use it
by Jimmy Greystone / February 10, 2008 2:06 AM PST

There are alternatives out there, which arguably are much better.

My favorite, on Windows at least, is Trillian, but there's also [http://www.pidgin.im]Pidgin. Both are free, both offer a plethora of features you're not likely to find in Microsoft's client, and both can connect to a number of other IM services besides MSN and Yahoo. If you happen to be using a Mac at some point, Adium is an excellent free client, and Trillian will have a Mac version with the release of their 4.0 version sometime in the future. On Linux and other *nix operating systems, Pidgin is king, but there are literally dozens of other smaller projects for various niche needs/desires. Kopete is the only other major player in the general multi-service IM client arena. It's largely tied to the KDE platform, but considering it's the breakaway leader in the desktop environment race on *nix, it's not as bad as it sounds... And there's always Pidgin, which only relies on GTK+.

So rather than continue to put up with sub-standard programs, why not try something else?

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trillian
by gta333 / February 10, 2008 3:18 AM PST
In reply to: Don't use it

so will all my contact addresses and histories be transfered to trillian or not?

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With some work
by Jimmy Greystone / February 10, 2008 4:11 AM PST
In reply to: trillian

It probably won't be a completely automatic thing. You contact list is stored on the server, not your computer, so that will transfer without issue. Depending on how message histories are stored, it could be as simple as a copy and paste job, or it could take a little more effort.

You could just keep Windows Live Messenger around to be able to view those message histories until such point that they no longer have any real relevance, and just making a fresh start with Trillian.

I did a quick search and came across this program. Never tried it so I can't say for sure it works, but the readme claims that it supports merging of Windows Live Messenger 8.0+ logs into something Trillian will understand.

http://zalbee.intricus.net/immerge/

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thanks
by gta333 / February 10, 2008 4:46 AM PST
In reply to: With some work

thank you very much for the info, will do so

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