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I'm not sure what the cause is, but I never had this issue until I installed Mountain Lion. I had the iMessage Beta prior to installing Mountain Lion and I did not uninstall it after. However, I get disconnected constantly and its been going on and off. I have a lot of difficulty connecting to AIM, but GTalk is disconnecting frequently. I am not sure where to start.

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This happens to me too. I can usually get around it by going to Preferences > Accounts, and disabling/re-enabling the disconnected accounts. – jtbandes Jan 4 '13 at 6:47
Yeah, I've tried that, and that USED to work. I'm out of luck still. – Allen Tong Jan 4 '13 at 7:25
I'm having the exact same problem! Any solution? – Geeks On Hugs Jan 6 '13 at 21:05
It's very annoying with people owning both iOS and GTalk... if you want to talk to them on multiple channels, you're out of luck. – Kheldar Oct 4 '13 at 9:30

I have been having this pesky problem as well. Mine was solved by reseting the password with the provider.

I found a post that stated that someone solved this by logging into website and reseting their password. I tried this and found that since my AIM account was set up through another provider (Apple) that I needed to go to Apple and change my password. I did this and it resolved my issue. (I needed to change the Apple password anyway for good security in that I had not changed it in YEARS).

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Thanks! I'll try this out. – Allen Tong May 6 '13 at 18:22

My aim account somehow disappeared from ichat. I had to added it as "other message account" not AOL. Then under preferences->general, I selected "all in one list". Changing the aim password online also helped. Thanks everyone.

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