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If I upgrade to Lion, will I still be able to use iChat to take over my elderly father's Mac (we have MobileMe accounts) to help him with problems and software updates? I read in some forums that this is broken in Lion, but I don't know if those were isolated incidents or not. Kindly requesting that gracious Lion iChat users test this and report results here.

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I used it today. Lion to Snow Leopard and Lion to Lion. Worked fine. I didn't even think about it not working until I read this… :-)

  • I have read people having issues with direct screen sharing (vnc) but iChat works fine. – Nate Bird Jul 29 '11 at 14:58
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I also have the problem screensharing a Lion machine viewed on a Snow Leopard machine, but not the other way around. I stumbled on a fix. If you first start a video chat and then start screen sharing while the video chat is underway, it is able to connect. I was able to verify this several tries with it not working unless I first video chat.

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It also still works with Leopard, as I have tested with my parents' PPC iMac.

  • Great news, it's very useful to hear about functionality with older OS's, thanks for posting! – Phil M Jul 29 '11 at 6:46
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It works for me Lion->Lion and Lion->Snow Leopard. So if you can do it now on then you probably won't have a problem.

  • is this Lion to snow leopard, or...? – Phil M Jul 28 '11 at 6:22
  • It works for me on Lion->SL or Lion->Lion. – bahamat Jul 28 '11 at 16:09
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iChat screen share from Snow Leopard to Lion don't work for me. Lion to Snow Leopard is ok.

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