I cannot connect at all to the Gamesurge server (irc.gamesurge.net), I continually get errors when I try, and I've even tried XChat and IceChat, they all give identical errors.
When I connect to port 6666-6669 I get the 10053 error. When I try other numbers (6660-6665, 7000, 7001), they either immediately return connection refused, or they take a while and time out.
I'm using Windows XP Home Edition, I tried both mIRC 6.16 and the older 5 version. My only antivirus program is McAfee. My other programs work fine. I was able to connect to a couple of other irc servers without trouble.
I turned off the Windows Firewall, I uninstalled MSN, like I said I tried several other irc programs and none of them worked either. I turned scripts off, I used the IP number. Nothing. I don't know what to do at this point. I tried changing my router, but I don't know what section I'm even supposed to be touching - I'm using a Linksys router.
If anyone has any suggestions I could really, really use help with this.