Hi guys having some major strife with the above apps - occaisionally they work but 99% of the time they either time out connecting or with pidgin i get switch board errors when I send a message.

I know my ISP connection is fine have tested that and in a virtual machine
MSN works fine on the same computer. Wierd

I have looked around and seen some other people with the same problem
and they upgraded amsn and it fixed it - I tried that and I am still
NON the wiser any tips would be great.

Been away distro hopping and guess what!?, I am back to the one I know and can configure the best, feel like I have been sleeping with people behind your backs and I have come home knowing the grass is not greener.