STEP THREE: Setting up mIRC
Now that mIRC is installed on your PC and the program group and mIRC icon are available in the program manager, this is what is required to set it up:
First make sure you have an active connection to Internet. Normally you just have to start up the modem connection to your Internet provider to do so. To anticipate any problems in the future always first start your modem and then mIRC.
Double click the icon (shortcut) to start up mIRC.
mIRC will start and show the Options Dialog and require you to fill in some information:
In the mIRC Options dialog you see an options tree structure. You can expand a branch of the tree (a Category) by selecting an item (Connect, IRC, Sounds,..) and clicking on the little 'plus' sign. A list of sub-items will unfold. At first only the main 'Connect' menu item seen above, has to be filled in. Select this item and enter the following information in the fields;
Real Name: Your real name (ie, Tjerk Vonck)
E-Mail: Your email address (ie, firstname.lastname@example.org
Nick Name: A one to nine character alias to use on the chat system (ie, Kreet)
Alternate: If someone else is already using the Nick Name you you've chosen on IRC, you will be known by this alternate name instead. (ie, Kreet2)
You also have to select a local or nearby IRC server. A long list of servers is available by default. Just select one. At first the default Random US DALnet server will do fine! Other popular IRC networks are EFnet, DALnet, Undernet, IRCnet,....
Next, you could select the Local Info sub-item. Normally you dont have to fill in anything here. Just make sure the boxes under 'On Connect, Always get :' Local Host and IP Address are Checked (selected). For various Internet Providers and PC setup's you might need other settings here. Dont worry too much for now, if you get problems later just read the help provided on this topic in the mIRC Help file (mirc.hlp) or mIRC FAQ.
Now select the Identd sub-item and Enable the Identd Server. Your User ID should already be filled-in there. Eventually fill in your Account Name in this field. (Your account name is the part before the @ in your email address, like t.r.vonck in my case) The System should allways be set to UNIX and the port is always port 113. 'Show Ident requests' can be left Off, 'Enable only when connecting' can be set On.
Once this is all set, click on the OK button to close the mIRC Options Dialog.
mIRC is now set up and totally ready to use.
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