How to connect to an IRC server without Java
When you click the chat link at the top you will enter the chatroom via a Java application. Once you are registered it will ask you for your password. For dial-up connections the Java chat can be pretty slow, but there are other ways to chat.
I personally use mIRC, but there are others out there. They can be found at download.com or mIRC.com
After downloading some IRC program, you want to set it up.
Chances are you will need to add it the list of servers they have. So click "Add" or "New". It will ask you a name, call it whatever you want.
Then where it asks for the server type: irc.everywherechat.com
For the port you can use 6999, but there has been some issues for some people using that port. You can also use 7000, if 6999 is giving you trouble.
Then you are going to want to enter the room "#petfish"
hope this helps, it is much faster than the Java Chat. I strongly recommend it for those of you with dial-up.
Once you are in the chat room, whether it is from the webpage or some other way, here are some instructions:
Registering a Nickname- so no one else can use your name in chat.
Syntax: /Services REGISTER Nickname Password
Example: /Services REGISTER SteveK_Petfish ****
Identifying yourself- If you use the website, a window should pop up asking you to enter the Password. For people not using the website:
Example: /msg NickServ IDENTIFY ****
Changing Your Password
Syntax: /Services SET Nickname PASS newPassword
Example: /Services SET SteveK_Petfish PASS thisismypassword
Entering a room- From the website you will automatically enter the petfish chat room. But others will have to use the /join command
Example: /join #petfish
Change your Nickname while chatting
Example: /nick SteveK_eating
Syntax: / me "what you are doing"
Example: / me is slapping you with a trout