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iCal event alerts not working in Lion

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After upgrading to Lion I can no longer set new iCal event alerts. If I create a new event I can select an alert i.e "message with sound" etc and set an alert time, but when I select "apply" in the event window the alert isn't saved and reverts to "none". Events with alerts that were in place before I upgraded are ok - just new ones fail.

The calendar I am using syncs with Google, and I know that you can't delete events on Google via iCal I'm wondering if that has anything to do with it though I can't think why. Anyone have similar experiences or an idea as to what might be wrong?


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I notice its been a while but I'm having the same issue as you...did you ever find a fix? i can add alerts on or on and iOS device and then receive alerts on my Mac but its a real pain to not be able to add new events with an alert on my Mac.
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Yes a non-Google synced calendar does work so it is related to Google. I now enter any event that needs an alert directly in my Google calendar with an email alert, that gets round it. Not ideal though as you can't get a desktop alert.
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