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Unable to connect #267133 07/04/20 12:12 PM
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(I think this started with the upgrade to the latest mIRC version but not 100% certain, it's been stressy here as it is for all of us with what's going on in the world. It's been going on for ~2-3 weeks or so. And I have bad insomnia, which is not helping.)

I cannot get onto any of my usual IRC servers reliably (FreeNode, EFNet, etc.) through mIRC. The web clients I've tried seem to connect just fine, though. Annoying. mIRC rarely will connect, but almost 100% of the time it drops off the server as soon as I try to join channels on said servers. Been using mIRC since Win 3.1 days so it's not anything TOO stupid, I hope!

Win10 laptop, AVG as AV and MSE for firewall. The firewall's set up properly to let mIRC through. mIRC 7.61, the latest.

I have tried quite a few things (ipconfig /flushdns, various IRC SSL & non SSL ports, asked for help through the web IRC clients) but it's just NOT usually connecting & if it does, isn't being reliable at all.

Messages I see are akin to,

* Connect retry #31 chat.freenode.net (+6697) (dns pool)
* Unable to connect to server (Connection timed out)

on up through 99 tries, then it gives up. Not very rewarding LOL

Re: Unable to connect [Re: MrSheesh] #267134 07/04/20 01:37 PM
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Can you confirm you are able to dns resolve chat.freenode.net? Start > Run:
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cmd /k nslookup chat.freenode.net

You can also ping chat.freenode.net?

I'm not sure if your firewall can be queried with PowerShell, but are you sure there's no block on mirc.exe?

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Get-NetFirewallProfile -Name Private | Get-NetFirewallRule | Where { $_.Action -eq 'Blocked' -and $_.Name -like '*mIRC*' }


Note: You may also run this with -Name Public


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Re: Unable to connect [Re: kap] #267136 07/04/20 06:53 PM
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Originally Posted by kap
Can you confirm you are able to dns resolve chat.freenode.net? Start > Run:
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cmd /k nslookup chat.freenode.net


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Server:  cdns01.comcast.net
Address:  2001:558:feed::1

Non-authoritative answer:
Name:    chat.freenode.net
Addresses:  2a00:1a28:1100:11::42
          2a01:7e00::f03c:91ff:fee2:413b
          2600:3c02::f03c:91ff:fe59:7d2e
          139.162.227.51
          149.56.134.238
          82.96.96.11
          162.213.39.42
          185.30.166.38


You can also ping chat.freenode.net?

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Pinging chat.freenode.net [2600:3c02::f03c:91ff:fe59:7d2e] with 32 bytes of data:
Reply from 2600:3c02::f03c:91ff:fe59:7d2e: time=82ms
Reply from 2600:3c02::f03c:91ff:fe59:7d2e: time=85ms
Reply from 2600:3c02::f03c:91ff:fe59:7d2e: time=88ms
Reply from 2600:3c02::f03c:91ff:fe59:7d2e: time=83ms

Ping statistics for 2600:3c02::f03c:91ff:fe59:7d2e:
    Packets: Sent = 4, Received = 4, Lost = 0 (0% loss),
Approximate round trip times in milli-seconds:
    Minimum = 82ms, Maximum = 88ms, Average = 84ms


I'm not sure if your firewall can be queried with PowerShell, but are you sure there's no block on mirc.exe?

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Get-NetFirewallProfile -Name Private | Get-NetFirewallRule | Where { $_.Action -eq 'Blocked' -and $_.Name -like '*mIRC*' }


No joy on that but I see TCP & UDP allowed inbound & no outbound rules in MSE.

Note: You may also run this with -Name Public

Re: Unable to connect [Re: MrSheesh] #267138 07/04/20 07:08 PM
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When you open mIRC,

what happens if you run this command:

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/server -6 chat.freenode.net +6697


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Re: Unable to connect [Re: kap] #267139 07/04/20 09:56 PM
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Originally Posted by kap
When you open mIRC,

what happens if you run this command:

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/server -6 chat.freenode.net +6697

Almost instant connection to FreeNode - Worked for the others too - Much better, thanks!

Re: Unable to connect [Re: MrSheesh] #267141 08/04/20 02:53 AM
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Great! I noticed you mentioned me and that you're online again in a message on ##mirc/freenode! Welcome back smile


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Re: Unable to connect [Re: kap] #267148 10/04/20 04:49 AM
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Thanks! smile