How to use IRC guideNCC10281982B - December 4, 2006
With any luck, this little guide will help everyone that has been asking questions about IRC, more specifically, the OverclockersClub.com IRC Channel.
What is IRC?
For those that don't know, IRC is an acronym for “Internet Relay Chat”. The first IRC network came on line during the summer of 1988 when Jarkko "WiZ" Oikarinen created the first IRC client and server at the University of Oulu, Finland. Two years later, EFNet was brought on line, and quickly became one of the largest IRC networks. Today, there are thousands of IRC Networks, large and small.
While there are a variety of IRC clients available, the focus of this guide will be the use of mIRC, a Windows based IRC client. There are many different clients available, some of the more popular ones include BitchX, XChat, Trillian, BeserIRC, Klient, ChatZilla (found in Mozilla Web Browser), and even the Opera Web Browser has IRC support in v7.50+.
The first thing to do is obviously to download mIRC. At the writing of this guide, the current version of mIRC is 6.12.
After downloading mIRC, the next set would be to install it. It's a simple process, and takes just a couple of minutes. If you need help on installing mIRC, please refer to the mIRC documentation found here.
Now that you've gotten mIRC downloaded and installed, its time to start up mIRC, and get it set up so you can connect to the network we use, as well as the channel.
The first thing you will see when you start up mIRC, is the mIRC Options page.
mIRC Options Screen
Fill in the full name, using anything you want. You can use your real name, your forum name, or whatever.
Below that is your email address. I strongly suggest that you do not enter your email address in here. You need to enter something, and it needs to be in the format of an email address. What you use is up to you.
Below that is Nickname, enter in here what you want to be known as in the IRC Channel. You should use the name part from your email address as your nickname. Best thing to do here is to use your forum nick for both. This also helps so people know who you are. For example, if you enter the email [email protected], then your Nickname would be foo.
The Alternative blank below that will be what your nick will be should someone else be using your name. - Don't worry, we'll show you how to register your nickname later on so only you can use it.
Now that we have those fields filled in, we want to move on to the Identd option.