MIRC Chat instructions

We have also made it easier to go there with a Java applet here Chat here To use this Java chat backspace your nickname and put in your own name, pretty simple. For others that have an Irc client /server bartcop.com channel #bartcop

If you're not familiar with IRC, here are the full instructions.

If you have mIRC installed or are using Mozilla/Firefox and have the Chatzilla plugin click on one of the following servers to connect and join.

Bartcop chat
Another server               

If you're familiar with IRC, this is all you need to know: add a server at and go to channel #bartcop

If you're not familiar with IRC, here are the full instructions.

First, go to http://www.mirc.com and download the latest 32 bit version of mIRC and install it. Boot mIRC once it's installed.

The first thing you'll see is an annoying popup thing with the author's picture. Click the little checkmark in the bottom left, so you'll never see this again, and then close the popup.

Next it will open a server list. mIRC comes with a huge number of servers preinstalled. You'll hardly use any of them, even if you become an IRC addict. But it doesn't hurt to keep them.

The next thing we're going to do is show mIRC how to connect to the Bartcop channel. If this is done correctly the first time, you won't have to do it again.

Hit the "add" button. For "description", put in "Bartcop".
For "IRC Server" put it "".
Leave "Port" as 6667.
Click the "Add" button and the Bartcop server will now be added to your server list.

Now you'll be back at the server list window. the "Bartcop" server should be selected. If it isn't, go to the end of your server list and select it. Make sure the field above it says "IRC Servers: All" so you can see all servers.

Next you have to indentify yourself. Put in anything for "name" and "email address". It doesn't care what you put and it's not displayed anyway. Someone who knows their way around IRC can look up this info, though, so it's best to make up a fake address.

The only important field is "Nickname". This is how you'll appear to others. It can't have spaces, but can be 30 characters long. The "Alternate" field is the name you'll take if someone else on the server has already chosen your nickname.

Click off the "Pop up folder on connect" box. This is because we don't want to see this folder again once we have it set up to connect to Bartcop in a single click, which is the purpose of this exercise.

Hit "Connect to IRC Server" and off you go.

The Bartcop server will spit out some handshaking stuff as it tries to connect. Give it a few seconds to negotiate a connection.

Once you're in, the "channels folder" will pop up. You give this the name of the channel you want to join, which in this case is #bartcop

The channel list will be filled with all kinds of names the first time you join. Since channel names are dependent on the server, this is entirely useless crap that just gets in the way. My advice is to just delete every single channel name in your list.

Once you've done that, hit "add". This will give you the "add channel" window.

Under "Channel" put "#Bartcop". Ignore description and password.

If you're only using IRC to talk on the Bartcop channel then put a check mark in the "auto-join channel on connect" box. This will make your life easier next time you connect.

Click "OK" and return to the Channel Folder.

You should see "Bartcop" in your channel list now. Hit "Join", and you'll be in the channel. Maximize the window and you're finally ready to chat.

Now, this all sounds like a lot of work, but this is only the first time you connect. Next time, this is what you will do:

1. Boot mIRC
2. Wait for a few seconds as you are automatically connected to the Bartcop server and joined to the Bartcop chat channel.

That's it. Could it be easier?

Notes for slightly more advanced geeks

A good thing to do once you're set up mIRC is to change your colors and fonts. You get most of this stuff from the Tools menu.

One set up that is easy on the eyes is to use Trebuchet MS font, 12 point, colored white, and use a black background.

You should also experiment with different colors of text for events, topic changes, joins/quits, kicks, and so on. It's nice to make your own text a different color, too.

Finally, it's a good idea to make people's names a different color than their text (I prefer red). It's easier to follow conversations that way.

The way you do this is by going to the "file" menu, picking "options", and then clicking on "display" and finally "options" under that. Put a check in the "highlight nickname in messages" box.