I know it isn't the router because Messenger on the wife's Laptop connects fine.
I use McAfee Internet Security Suite and Messenger is in the list of accepted applications.
I disable the firewall just to make sure but still no successful login.
ID and password are correct.
It comes up with the splash screen and says it is starting up.
It says it is loading Social Feeds & loading Contacts.
It thinks about it for a while then says:
Signing you into Windows Live Messenger failed because the Service is temporarily unavailable. Please try again latter
Error code: 81000490.
There is nothing wrong with the service because the Laptop has no issues at all.
Ironically when you follow the "more information link" to the Microsoft.Com page, it says:
We could not find any search results for "Messenger 81000490"
When I log into my Hotmail account, I can see my friends online in the Hotmail client and I can talk to them.
If I use Trillian, I can talk to them.
IE9 has been made inactive and I use Firefox and Windows 7 - updated with Live Essentials.
There doesn't appear to be a logical reason for messenger not to work.
ideas/direction would be appreciated