Before you download a copy of mIRC, you need to know what operation system (OS) you are using in order to know which copy of mIRC you need. Determine which issue you will be using:
If you have Windows 3.1 or 3.11, or Windows for Workgroups, go on installing the 16 bit issue. If you have Windows 95 with an old 16 bit winsock like Netcruiser, or the old 16 bit Trumpet winsock, go on installing the 16 bit issue! (-not- the 32 bit issue). If you have a normal Windows 95, 98, 2000, ME, NT, or XP, go on installing the 32 bit issue of mIRC 5.91.
Most of you will probably be using the 32 bit mIRC. Link to the download sites here: http://www.mirc.com/get.html
NOTE: Make sure you download the correct version! 32bit is listed first, 16bit second. Save it to disk and then install.
Installation of mIRC is pretty straight forward and doesn't register anything in the registry (which is nice). Just install it as you would any other program on your computer. Once you've installed it, make sure you are online (that is, have a "live" Internet connection) double click on the mIRC icon. If the connect dialogue doesn't come up, go to file/options/connect and fill in the following information:
- Press the "add" button
- description: HOL (or whatever you want)
- IRCServer: irc.blitzed.org (leave everything else alone)
- and press "add"
- Then select HOL and press connect to IRC Server
- once the the status window displays "you are logged on"
- type: /join #hpgalleries
Alternatively you can also search in the drop-down menu for Blitzed and connect to Blitzed: Random Server.
You should see a bunch of people in the channel. If you are the only one there, then it is possible that the network has split (see netsplit) and you'll have to hunt for the server everyone is using. For a list of blitzed servers, link to: http://www.blitzed.org and select "servers" which lists the name of the server (other information). For additional information, access: http://www.mirc.com/install.html (How to install mIRC).