The IRC Help file
This is a small list to help you get into the IRC network, and more specifically onto DALnet with the mIRC program. It is intended as a quick start kind of document only. For more in-depth help and explanation, go to http://www.irchelp.org/irchelp/faq.html
 Download and instal the program from http://www.mirc.com
 Open the installed program. Don't connect yet.
 You will hopefully have the mIRC Options box open. If not, open it
Fill in the 4 boxes :
 Now, you are ready to connect to a server. There are
many to choose from, and people on one server cannot talk to people on
a different one. I used to go with DALNET. You can do things like register
your nick and register a channel, but Now I use EFnet because it is more
 After you hit Connect, the program will try to get onto your chosen server. This can take 5 seconds or 5 minutes, depending on the server. Be aware that you will not be authorised to connect to all servers, you may have to try a few to get on.
 When you connect, the connect page will scroll quickly up with the welcome page of the server you just joined.
 Now find an interesting channel. You can try List Channels icon (4th from left) to get a huge list, or you can just type in /join #any_name_you_like and see if anyone is there.
 That's it.
Some shorthand explained:
----------------------------------- smiley, happy, joking (also jk for
----------------------A person who 'has op' of a channel. Controller.
You can be oped if you found a channel, Or if someone makes you one on
an existing channel.
Some useful controls in mIRC
K ----Will let you put colours onto the irc. Don't use them unless you
are sure you won't be kicked or banned.
have fun, and try not to get too addicted to it! It may be a good idea to just listen for an hour or so, browse the channels etc. before you jump in. If you like someone then right click on their nick, U-central and add them to your address book if someone is annoying you, right click and Ignore!
© AudioPervert 21st Sep 2008