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This page has been updated for the newest version of mIRC.
1. Downloading the mIRC installation executable:
This is a fancy way of
saying that you're grabbing the program off the net and
getting ready to install it.
By Clicking on the
above icon you should be able down download the IRC
client mIRC. When the dialog box like this comes up:
You now have two options:
Download the install file onto your computer, incase you
need to reinstall later you wouldn't need to re-download it.
Open the File without saving it permanently.
For our purposes select the "Open"
(Netscape should have a similar window, but I don't touch the stuff)<
When the Download is
complete it should run the Installation Program
2. The Installation
When you run the
Installation software, you should get a window that looks
Obviously, press 'Next'
Provided you agree to the license
agreement, press 'Yes'
You can set the
Installation directory to wherever you would like, I
recommend the default, but some people have certain ways
they like things set up.
The three checkmarks should be left as-is and press the
The Screen will start
installing mIRC which will look like this:
And then when it's
complete it will show the following window:
Press Ok and you're
ready to start setting the program up.
3. Setting mIRC up for
your first Connection.
The mIRC installation
software should have created a window that
looks similar to this:
If it's not there,
don't panic, you can find it under the Start button by
going through :
Ø Programs Menu
This should open mIRC.
This is what the mIRC client should look like:
After you close the About
mIRC window by clicking on the little X in it's
upper right corner, it will open the setup window for
you, which looks something like this:
First thing's First. Learning that there are a lot of IRC networks out there. So, if you're looking for a specific channel, make sure you go to the right network. Think of it
this way: there's more than one Pine street in the world right? So you'd
have to know what city to look in. Works the same way here. Our network info is as follows:
The next lesson you learn on IRC is nothing is real, so don't put your REAL name in the Full Name box, put something fake and cute if you like though, because this information is publicly available.
Please put your e-mail
address in the e-mail address, Please use your real email address. This is so the server administrator can send you your password in case you forget it.
You MUST enter a
nickname in the nickname field.. this is a required field, and unfortunately, most of the time the good ones
are taken, try to be original and something you can
'Alternative' is the nick that mIRC will automatically try to get if your
primary nickname is already taken by someone else. (and
this one may be taken too, at which time mIRC will prompt
you to enter another original nickname.)
There are limitations, for example there is a 9 character
maximum on a nickname on EFnet but the limitations vary from network to network
The "Invisible" mode
checkmark option is something you can enable, it makes
you less susceptible to random attacks and mass messages
(spam), however it also means it'll be more difficult for
your own friends to track you down.
Next is the Options
Here you'll want to
put checkmarks in the first and second squares, and
remove the checkmark from the third.
Next click on the Identd section and reveal this screen:
Here you'll want to
put a checkmark in the 'Enable Identd server' and type in
User ID (This can be anything, it becomes part of your unique hostmask)
and the rest of the settings should be fine.
Everything else can be
left as it is, you probably don't need to enable a
firewall unless you're behind one (if you consistently
get the 'No Route to host' error when trying to connect,
talk to whoever is in charge of your internet because this
is probably the problem)
Click on OK and we'll
cover some basic commands.
4. Getting Started Using mIRC
In the upper left hand corner there should be a little lightning bolt
and it will begin the process of connecting you to IRC.
Though, from now on it will connect automatically when you start it.
You should see something similar to the following message:
*** Connecting to irc.NastyCode.com Port (6667)
[21:46] -irc.NastyCode.com- *** Looking up your hostname...
[21:46] -irc.NastyCode.com- *** Found your hostname
—I-n-v-i-s-i-o-n— Welcome to the NastyCode IRC Network
> Your host is
irc.NastyCode.com, running version Unrealircd 6.0.4
> This server was created Fri Aug 31 2007 at 01:13:49 EDT
irc.NastyCode.com UnrealIRCD 6.0.4 iowghraAsORTVSxNCWqBzvdHtGp lvhopsmntikrRcaqOALQbSeIKVfMCuzNTGj
> CMDS=KNOCK,MAP,DCCALLOW,USERIP NAMESX SAFELIST HCN MAXCHANNELS=20 CHANLIMIT=#:20 MAXLIST=b:60,e:60,I:60 NICKLEN=30 CHANNELLEN=32 TOPICLEN=307 KICKLEN=307 AWAYLEN=307 MAXTARGETS=20 are supported by this server
> WALLCHOPS WATCH=128 SILENCE=15 MODES=12 CHANTYPES=# PREFIX=(qaohv)~&@%+ CHANMODES=beI,kfL,lj,psmntirRcOAQKVCuzNSMTG
NETWORK=NastyCode CASEMAPPING=ascii EXTBAN=~,cqnr ELIST=MNUCT STATUSMSG=~&@%+ EXCEPTS are supported by this server
> INVEX are supported by this server
irc.NastyCode.com Message of the Day -
- 24/4/2008 22:00
- Welcome To
Network, here to help with all your irc needs, if you
- would like to create a channel just pm a ircop and create the channel, we are
- here to service in any way as possable for all of your irc needs! Should you need any help
- please join our help channel called #NastyCode!
- - Thanks
means you're connected and window should have popped up
that looks like this:
is a list of some of the 'default' Chatting channels,
but for our example we'll use a local one, (By The Way,
almost all channels have a # symbol in front of their name, and
none have spaces)
the checkmark off the 'Pop up Folder on Connect' box and
press the OK button (you can bring this window up at any
time by it's button on the buttonbar in mIRC, it's the
third button from the left).
on the bottom of every window in mIRC there is a little
strip, this is where you can type.
commands in mIRC start with the / character, for example,
if you wanted to join the #NastyCode channel, you type the
Make sure to press
enter at the end so it sends the command and a new window should pop up.
window has the familiar strip across the bottom where you
type but now the window is divided in two parts by that
left hand window (where it says *** Now talking in
#pnc) is where you will see people talking, you can
only talk to people who are IN #NastyCode right now in this
window (but you can be in as many different channels at
once as you want).
On the right hand
side you can see the nicks (nicknames) of the people in the channel..
with @ symbols in front of their Nicks are people who
have what is called 'ops', which is short for
'Operators'. They have the power to kick, ban, promote
people to ops and take ops away from people as well as
other controls. whoever gets into a channel first
automatically gets ops for that channel and can then
choose who else to give ops to. (unless the server has what's called 'chanserv'
which is a system whereby people can register channels so that it isn't
who comes first that gets ops, it's the channel owner.)
Well, That's about it
for this page for now, if you can think of anything that
needs changing, updating or adding, let us know and
remember, if ANYONE needs help, don't hesitate to e-mail
an IRCOP (list is on the home page), if you're having trouble with your e-mail contact
your ISP support staff, THEN e-mail one of us :)
(by the way, :) is a
sideways smiley face)
Hope this page has
helped shed some light on how to get on IRC, once you're
actually on IRC feel free to ask any questions you
have and we'll be more than happy to help you out, if we're
away, don't worry, just leave an e-mail address and
someone will get in touch with you!