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New Chat Server, Client & Instructions

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Following repeated attempts at messing up the Live Chat yeserday by an anonymous troublemaker from the webchatting.com server, I have registered a new chat room on a respected private server, VIP Net. This will give us a much better place to hold the Live Chats in future, with better security and admin support should we need it.

Logging into this new server however, involves a different client to the java one used on the site up until now. The program to access this server is called "mIRC", and is a very widely used IRC client that has been around for a very long time.

To save any hassles getting it to work, I have put together a ready setup and customised version of it, which is now available for download. Using it to log into the chat is VERY easy, so don't worry if you haven't had any experience with using it in the past.

The following, is a step by step guide on how to get into the chat room using the new mIRC client.

Step 1 : Download the program. It is 1.1 Megabytes, and is available for download by clicking here :

http://www.unexplained-mysteries.com/unexplainedmirc.zip

Step 2 : Unzip the zip file into a directory on your computer. If you have winzip, this is a simple matter. Just double click on the downloaded file and extract it to a directory of your choice. If you don't have winzip, you should download it from www.winzip.com.

Step 3 : Run mirc.exe in the directory you just unzipped the files into. This will start the program up.

Step 4 : A box appears. Simply type your desired nickname in the box that has "yournickhere" written in it. Then click OK.

Step 5 : Click on the small yellow zigzag icon that looks like a lightning bolt in the top left hand corner of the screen, under the file menu. The program will now connect you to the chat server. Note that this may take a few seconds. Don't be put off by the connection time - some parts of the world will be able to connect quicker than others.

Step 6 : The channel box will appear. Double click on #unexplained and you will have arrived in the chat room. If you close the channel box window by mistake, you can re-open it by clicking on the icon that is 3rd along on the row at the top of the screen.

and thats all there is to it. If you have any queries or difficulties in getting this to work, please use this thread to discuss them. Let me know also when you do get it to work properly so that I know you've been successful. It is recommended that you get the program downloaded and set up sometime before the next live chat, in case you have difficulties getting it to work. The instructions are repeated on the Live Chat page where the old java applet used to be.

Note : Live Chats are now being held twice a week - on a Wednesday and a Sunday at 8PM GMT, 3PM EST, 12PM PST. Please feel free to come along to either or both of the chats - all guests and members welcome.

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Thanks SaRuMaN,

:s06

I got in fine.. :D

It might take some time getting used to all these functions though.  :s04

Tommy  :s03

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Yikes.  I tried.  But it's telling me it can't continue cos "Unknown zip headed encountered" and "Zip entry is garbled"  Sounds like it's cos I'm on a mac.  Any ideas/options?

(OS 9.1 or 10 / G4 / 40GHD / 384MB Ram)

:sk

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ScaryD,

Ah, I hadn't taken Mac users into account - the chat program that is in that zip file is a PC only program. I don't know of any Apple Macintosh clients. I'll need to try and get some sort of Java client applet for non-PC/windows users. It won't be as good as mIRC, but it would at least allow you to log into the room.

I'll post more information about alternatives as soon as I find some.

:sk

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I can't download that thing.. Error in zip file!!!

Odin Supreme :s9

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Hmmph as a mac user, I get left out of everything!  Well, apart from the 'having a sexy looking computer competition'!   :su

Thank you thank you.   You are a STAR!  :-*

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By the way, I have Windows 98 and Winzip 8.1...

Odin Supreme

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Hmmm,

I'm going to download the file and test it to see if it works for me - it may be that the file didn't upload properly the second time.

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Odin + Whoever else gets an error in zip file,

The zip file is corrupted - looks like it didn't upload properly after all. I'm going to reupload it - it should be done in a few minutes.

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Thanx  :sk

Odin Supreme

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phew, thought it was me being dumb  :su

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It is all SaRuMaNs fault!  ;) :s04

Odin Supreme :s9

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Right the file is re-uploaded and should be ok now.

There's 3 of us in the chat room just now when you do manage to download it and get it set up.

:)

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okies, thanks, i'll try again image

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Would if I could.  It lets me unzip it now, but it winna read it.  Alas.

:'(

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I am downloading it right now... 72 %... 73%

Odin Supreme :s9

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STILL ISN"T WORKING!

Odin Supreme

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ScaryD,

Unfortunately it's likely that the source of your troubles is the fact that your on a Mac - but I will try and get an alternative means of connecting to the room before the Chat on Wednesday - so watch this space.

:sk

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Odin,

There's nothing wrong with the zip file now - what error message are you getting ?

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:s06 :s06 :s06 :s06 :s06 :s06

OK.  I'll keep my eyes peeled.  Cheers m'dear.

:su

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Wait, I'll try it again..

Odin Supreme

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SaRuMaN,

I can't download it.. Just open it.. And then it says that it is and invalid archive.. Can you give me a link to the direct file? Without being zipped? Maybe that works.

Odin Supreme :s9

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Odin,

Try using a download manager ( if youve got one ).

Alternatively, you can download the program here :

http://ftp.newnet.co.uk/pub/mirrors/mirc/mirc601.exe

and set it up manually. You'll need to add the server "chatnet.dnsalias.com" Port 6667 manually to the server list before connecting.

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I am downloading that thing right now.. Seems to work. :se

Odin Supreme :s9

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I can't download the chat program cuz I'm on a work computer. My home computer is fried, so i have to buy a new one.  ::) If you have any alternatives, that would be grand.  I don't wanna miss out on any chats.  :se

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