My friend had a strange connection problem recently resulting in error 800488fe while signing in using WLM 14.0.8117.0416. Usually such problems lasted for a day or two but this time problem was more persistent so I’ve attepmted to debug and workaround this issue. There seems to be an issue with bay.messengergeek.com causing the client to fail at challege-response stage. I’m using the same client version without problems but I’m using db3.messengergeek.com to connect. Simple redirection of bay to db3 using hosts file resolved the issue:
This leads to a simple conclusion that bay is misbehaving in some way. If you wish to see connection log, here it is: http://pastebin.com/E6kMmsJa Things seem to get interesing after line 165. I hope this can be fixed permanently in the future.