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Getting Started on IRC - Sounds and Colors

4.1 - Sounds

First, remember that not all IRC Clients can handle sounds. mIRC is the most common and can certainly handle sound, some other clients (mostly for Unix) have great trouble dealing with sounds. Also please remember that some channels do not allow sounds, and that some sounds may be considered offensive in some places. Use your common sense and think before playing a 'dubious' .wav file. The first rule of sounds : - YOU CAN ONLY HEAR A SOUND IF IT IS ON YOUR COMPUTER. If you stop and think, this makes a great deal of sense. Sounds are large files and if every sound was automatically transmitted to everyone on the channel every time it was played, the network would collapse under the load! To get around this, mIRC sends a sound request instead of the actual sound. This tells all the other mIRC clients on the channel to look for that sound on their local computer and play it if it's there - if it can't find the file on your PC, it cannot play it so you hear no sound.

The second rule of sounds : YOU NEED TO SET mIRC UP PROPERLY FOR SOUND TO WORK. Of all the functions of mIRC, sound is probably the single most troublesome. If your setup is not right, sound simply won't work. To set it up, follow these steps :
- Go to File and select options
- Click the Sounds tab
- Check the 'Accept Sound Requests' box
- Make sure the two buttons at the bottom of the box show the location of your sound files. If they don't click on them and change the location. click ok. In most cases, the sounds will be in c:\mirc\sounds so that is what the bottom two boxes should read. If you plan on sending your sounds to other people, you may also want to tick the ' Listen for !nick file get requests' box. You are now ready to use sounds.

To play a sound use one of these commands :
/sound wavname.wav - this sends the sound request to the WHOLE CHANNEL
/sound nickname soundname.wav - this sends the sound request to ONE PERSON

Now, of course, you want to get new sounds to add to your collection. To receive a sound you don't have you type !nickname soundname.wav on the channel and if the sender has enabled file sending, the file will be sent to you by DCC. It will go into the directory you specified earlier for your sounds and it will play every time someone on IRC sends a sound request for that file name.

3.2 - Colours

Again, please try to remember that not all IRC Clients can deal with colours. mIRC can, IRCII users (a Unix client) just see garbage or nothing at all. Also remember that some channels do not allow colour at all and will kick & ban people who use colours, so use your common sense.


3.3 How to use color in mIRC

It's not really difficult.... to use colours, first hold down the CONTROL key (Ctrl on most keyboards) then press the letter k On mIRC 5.3 and later, a box showing all the colours will pop up, for users of earlier versions, here is the list:
0 : WHITE
1 : BLACK
2 : DARK BLUE
3 : DARK GREEN
4 : RED
5 : DARK RED
6 : DARK PURPLE
7 : ORANGE
8 : YELLOW
9 : GREEN
10: TEAL
11 : CYAN
12 : BLUE
13 : PURPLE
14 : DARK GREY
15 : LIGHT GREY

Now, type the number of the colour you want your text to be. If you want a background colour, then add a comma (,) and the the number of the background colour. Press the space bar and type the rest of your text as normal. When you hit enter, it will be shown on channel in colour. Also available are b for bold text, u for underlined text and r for reversed (white on black) text.