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mIRC© how to:
First "how to", would be to make sure you have the mIRC© program. If you don't have it yet, you will want to download it now. Set-up is the "hardest part" -- once done, there are only two screens to connect to chat: open program and hit the "lightning looking button" (connect) or click on the "File" button, choose "Connect" from the drop down menu. Then type in "/join roomname" (without the quote marks, replacing roomname with whatever chat room name it is that you want to join).

Download mIRC© at http://www.mirc.co.uk/

  • Now that you have your IRC program downloaded, unzipped, and installed (just follow the instructions it gives for installing). If the server is not listed as one of the available servers, then you'll need to set up your program. I've used TalkCity © as an example of a server to add. For any other chat servers, just get the server information, and put it in in the same places shown for Talk City.
  • If it is helpful for you, print this page to refer to while you're setting up the program. I recommend setting up as soon as possible, not just a few minutes before the time of the chat that you want to attend.
  • You will need to be connected to the Internet while doing this. You can minimize your browser, and open up your IRC program. If you've created a short-cut on your desktop, fine, otherwise, where ever you've installed the program, find it and open it.

mIRC©setup :
version 5.41 used for screen shots, the new version may have slightly different looking screens, but the basics should be the same.

When you first open the program, you will get this screen
when you open the mIRC program, this is first thing you see
You need to click the "x" to close this "about irc" box that will be in the middle of the other screens.

  • Then you go to "File", scroll down and choose "Setup". That will bring up the next window (on right).
  • You will need to edit the server list to add TalkCity, or any IRC server that is not on your list. We will use TalkCity as an example here, and adding any other IRC server would be the same.
    All you need is the IRC Server Info [chat.talkcity.com] and the Port [6667] for whatever server you want to add.
  • Click on the tab for IRC Servers, then click the "Add" button.
  • Type in Chat and then chat.talkcity.com - the port should already be showing 6667, but if it is not, type that in too.
  • Then click on "Add" so it adds it to the list of IRC servers that you have always available, then "ok".
  • You just added TalkCity© to your server list!

you will need to edit the server list - to add Talk City to mIRC

  • If you have registered a nickname with Talk City already, you can put your password in this box.
  • If you don't have a registered nickname, then you don't need to do this. As long as you don't try to pick a nickname that's already been chosen (and registered to someone else), you should be fine. When you connect, if it asks you for your password, or says your password is incorrect, that means someone is using that nickname - you need to choose a different one.

to connect to IRC network

The next box that you will see is where you connect to the IRC server.
[ this is a very chopped/condensed view ]

  • Make sure that "Chat" is showing - the server you just added for TalkCity.
  • Fill in the information on this gray box.
  • Your first name, email address, your 1st choice and 2nd choice for nickname for irc, and click the ok button to save the profile.
  • Now, to test the set-up, choose the "Connect" button. (or, on the next screen you will see, go up to the "File", then choose "Connect" from the drop down menu.
  • When TalkCity comes up, you will see a few notes from their server. Wait till they are done, then type in the text box line at the bottom of the window, where you will be typing your messages to the group:
    /join #roomname (then hit the enter button) and you will 'enter' the chat room.

connecting to the server

When you are in the chat room - it will look like:
When you are in the chat room, it will look like ...

[ the window can be opened up to fill the screen of your monitor ]
How to make the server messages (the blurbs about the other chat rooms)
stay on the server window ...

How to make server messages stay in the server window

The notices about the other chat rooms appear in a seperate window (the server Status window), IF you make that choice. {by default, they appear in the chat room window.}

Go to "File", choose "Options" ...

IRC switches menu

On the tab for "IRC Switches", make sure that

  • Notices in active window ... and
  • Queries in active window are

UNCHECKED, then you won't see the blurbs about the other chat rooms. They will appear in the Status window BEHIND the active chat room window.

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