Thursday, March 16, 2006

Gmail Chat Disabled

Gmail Chat disabled on the Network The fact that it happened does not surprise me but that it took so long for our network administrators to figure it out does.

And if you are wondering how do you disable Gmail's chat features on your network, you only need locking DNS lookups to chatenabled.mail.google.com, by returning 127.0.0.1.

54 comments:

Anonymous said...

it was disabled did not surprise me much but the fact that it has been enabled again surprises me more.

Matt Miller said...

I don't think it was disabled. I got the same message on the same day, and I *AM* my system administrator. Unless I have a split personality and disabled it behind my own back, the message was a bug.

What I find interesting is hte method for disabling chat you mention. If this is indeed true, then all a savvy user should need to do to re-enable chat would be to find an IP for chatenabled.mail.google.com and stick it in their hosts.txt file... right?

enginerd said...

Matt, I talked to our campus's Network Administrator today and he said he hadn't done anything to "block" chat in Gmail. So it could've only been due to a bug.

And yes, I think the hosts file should do the trick as long as the IP isn't blocked too.

Anonymous said...

Can you guys be more specific in how to counteract this method of disabling Gmail chat. Like a step by step on how to "find an IP for chatenabled.mail.google.com and stick it in their host.txt file". I believe my network administrator actually did disable the chat. Would be very much appreciated!

enginerd said...

Anon,
If you're behind a proxy, the hosts file won't be of help. So I guess, you can't really counteract this administrators blocking chat in Gmail.

Anonymous said...

I couldn't find the hosts.txt file you guys were talking about, so I had my suspicions I was still going to be out of luck. Thanks for the crushed hope. :) Although, if you do come across any other fix, please post. Thx.

Social Democracy Now said...

I don't understand how my Gmail got to be 'chat enabled.' I never set it to be. Problem is someone is using it to obstruct my emails. Everytime I try to attach something to an email it says 'chatenabled.mail.google.com' in the bar on the bottom of the screen. Then I can no longer do anything at all.

Does anybody know what's happening and how I can disable 'chat' (whatever that really means)? I'm not knowledgeable about computers, so I'd need very clear and simple instructions.

Thanks to anyone who can help.

lalala said...

It works here, Gmail Chat is unblocked

Tx Anonymous 4:20 :D

lephuong4005@gmail.com said...

it was disabled did not surprise me much but the fact that it has been enabled again surprises me more.

ShoeBits said...

Well, my identity is the only one blocked on my computer, and then only in Firefox, AND I am an administrator! I got here by googling 'chatenabled.mail.google.com' because I figure I can reverse it IF I can find it, which I can't. This has happened through 2 uninstall/installs of Firefox, too! This is getting old. Any words of advice?

Anonymous said...

this does work.. i check the ip for the domain you mentioned.. and blocked the domain in the watchguard firewall and it worked. my concern is if google changes the ip for this.. then it will again be accessible.

Anonymous said...

not sure if anyone else stumbles upon this, but my girlfriend had gmail chat blocked at work - i had her logon to the secure site and her gmail chat worked fine

https://gmail.google.com

Anonymous said...

i have the same problem, "chat is disabled"
may i know what to do for enabling tis, some times it get automatically enabled and within few minutes it get disables

Anonymous said...

Read the post above yours.

Anonymous said...

Logging on to the HTTPS site worked for me! Yay!

enginerd said...

HTTPs works in many cases. I wonder how do admins miss this basic thing?

Anonymous said...

i tried both usinh HTTPS and also the host file bt it is still block ...can u guys help me wid this.

walamama said...

my administrator has dissable the google chat
if u have ne other site which i can use googke chat
please tell me

needythings@gmail.com

Vincent said...

enginerd said...
HTTPs works in many cases. I wonder how do admins miss this basic thing?


Regular HTTP uses TCP port 80, but HTTPS uses TCP port 443. I guess some admins forget to block port 443.
Thanks so much for the suggestion!!

nila said...

1.I can open gmail but in chat options written "We're experiencing technical difficulties that may prevent your chats from being sent." Would anyone pls help me?
2. The web messengers like www.iloveim.com, www.meebo.com are also blocked.
I am badly require any of the chat option of yahoo/gmail. Pls helpme.

Anonymous said...

The message I got was that I had signed out of GMail chat and needed to sign back in in order to re connect, however that did not make any difference.

Google.com did not work for me either.

I use Firefox, and went into tools, and clicked on clear private date. I cleared both cache and cookies and my problem was solved.

I found the information at :
http://mail.google.com/support/
bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=82446

Hope this helps - it fixed mine-I am elated!!!!

dino said...

thx it helps too me..
regard

Anonymous said...

https://gmail.com works for me, Thanks

Vivek Vijayagiri(vijayagiridigital@gmail.com) said...

I just found out that if chat is disabled in gmail and if you r unable to enable using the option on the bottom of the home page of gmail then all you have to do is to click the 'Older Version' on the top right of the window! it makes the chat enable without doing anything else!

JKC said...

It worked after clicking older version. Thanks !!!!

Kishore said...

Clearing cache and cookies wud solve the problem....

Gé said...

https worked for me too, yay too !

Anonymous said...

really very very goood

https worked for me tooo

just marveloous idea

for a few weeks i was surfing in the net for enabling g chat at lasi i found out thru u tanks

buddy

https ki jaiii

Frodo said...

https worked for me too :D, thanks guys!

Mike said...

https worked for me. A big THANKS!

Umankumar kakal said...

Clearing cookies and cache worked for me thanks a lot people.

Sowbhagya said...

thanks that helped...fixing the date of the computer

dalya said...

Well thank God for that! I've been trying to enable gmail chat for two weeks and all i had to do was update the time on the computer. Thanks! My eyes are sore!!!

Sandeep P said...

Check your system time,date and year.If your system time has been set to a future date, this error may come because some certificate may get expired.For me the same issue came and when I changed the system time back to correct time, the issue got solved and chat was enabled.

~Joe said...

If your cmos battery is dead, it will start your computer off at the default time, of which mine is January 1, 2000. In firefox, tools, options, advanced, you can add chatenabled.google.com as a security exception. (I don't have the option of replacing a battery on this old hunk of crap)

Beth said...

Https didn't work for me; clearing cache and cookies didn't work for me; updating my system time and date did. Thanks for all of the suggestions!

jayant kaushik said...

time n date should be updated !!
r u all dummies ???????

Anonymous said...

i updated the date n time of my pc n logged in back into gmail.surprisingly the chat got enabled.thanks for the posts.

karan said...

I don't understand how my Gmail got to be 'chat enabled.' I never set it to be. Problem is someone is using it to obstruct my emails. Everytime I try to attach something to an email it says 'chatenabled.mail.google.com' in the bar on the bottom of the screen. Then I can no longer do anything at all.

Does anybody know what's happening and how I can disable 'chat' (whatever that really means)? I'm not knowledgeable about computers, so I'd need very clear and simple instructions.

Thanks to anyone who can help.

karan said...

I don't understand how my Gmail got to be 'chat enabled.' I never set it to be. Problem is someone is using it to obstruct my emails. Everytime I try to attach something to an email it says 'chatenabled.mail.google.com' in the bar on the bottom of the screen. Then I can no longer do anything at all.

Does anybody know what's happening and how I can disable 'chat' (whatever that really means)? I'm not knowledgeable about computers, so I'd need very clear and simple instructions.

Thanks to anyone who can help.

jayant kaushik said...

Hi Karan !
U should first Disable chat by selecting "Sign out of Chat" (u'll see this when u click the small "downwards" arrow below ur name in Gmail chat box.

Another thing u should try is :
Update ur computer's Date & Time
& tell me if these solutions work & which one of them

--
Happy To Help

jayant kaushik

shivangi said...

i have a problem in this gmail
because kisi ka bhi chat ismae nhi atahae kyuki ismae chat disabled hota hae
can u please solve my problem

Anonymous said...

:O you can't imagine how much time I wasted because of the date...

Big thanks

Adithya Gokhale said...

Friends just because of system date i was having that problem. check your system date first. now there is no problem with gmail chat. n thanks for that guy who said about system time....

Anonymous said...

Hi friends, when I update my system date & time to current date,
than it works fine

Gauri said...

Thanks Mike, i tried this out and guess what,it really helped me a lotzzzz..!!

Anonymous said...

Hey could someone shed light on why the cache or cookies would have an effect on gmail chat? Just curious.

durgesh said...

if chat is disable at gmail then open fire box and paste address bar https://chatenabled.mail.google.com
then one dialbox open click them sucre and restart firebox and chat begin now

durgesh said...

if chat is disable at gmail then open fire box and paste address bar https://chatenabled.mail.google.com
then one dialbox open click them sucre and restart firebox ........

durgesh said...

if chat is disable at gmail then open fire box and paste address bar https://chatenabled.mail.google.com
then one dialbox open click them sucre and restart firebox ........

Anonymous said...

jayant kaushik Thanks a lot.

You saved my job and my life with that information about updating my computer's time. It may be that simple to you but for me I wasted a lot of time trying to make gmail chat work.

Thank you so much for sharing.

Australia Chat said...

Sometimes Gmail chat is not working. Yeah. Maybe you’re right. System date should be check first when encountering that kind of problem.

Lakshmi said...

hi....my gmail chat has been blocked.How can i enable my blocked gmail chat...pleazzzzzzz....urgent...

Lakshmi said...

please tell me how to enable my blocked gmail chat....please....urgent...