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Pidgin for Windows

Follow these instructions to install Pidgin for Windows for use with chat.ucsd.edu.

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1. Download Pidgin for Windows client

Pidgin is a free chat client available for download on Windows and Mac. Download and install the client on your computer.

2. Configure your account

  1. Run Pidgin and you will receive the following message. Select "Add..."
    Win Pidgin Existing Account
  2. In the Basic tab, enter:
    1. Username: Your Username
    2. Domain: chat.ucsd.edu
    3. Password: Your Password
    4. Local Alias: How you want your name to appear on your machine
  3. In the Advanced tab, enter:
    1. Connection security: Use old-style SSL
    2. Connect port: 5223
      Win Pidgin Settings
  4. Click Add to save the settings and connect.

3. Adding friends

  1. To add a friend, click on Buddies, then select Add Buddy...
    Win Pidgin Add Buddy
  2. The Add Buddy dialog will appear.
    Win Pidgin Add Buddy
  3. In this dialog, enter the Buddy's username of your friend and nameyour friend anything you like using Alias. You may also add them to any Groups you might have in your contact list.
  4. Click Add, they will appear in your contact list.

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