When I made my FAQ entry regarding 'Evox Bios/Dash' I didn't expect to have so many questions about it, so I have taken the liberty of writing a short tutorial about getting started on mIRC.
Using 'Google', or a decent search engine search for 'mirc' there will be plenty of links, use one and download the chat thing that it will talk about. Install and open.
Setting up mIRC
The first time you run your IRC client program you have to fill in some information about yourself, such as, your Internet address and the IRC server with which you want to connect. Your client may also have a section for you to specify the Port, Password, Real name, Email address, Nickname(s), IP address and Local Host name. These options are usually found under the File/Options/ menu. Don't get overwhelmed by the massive amount of options most clients offer; just fill in these basics and it will work.
It's usually best to try and connect to a geographically close server, even though that may not always be the best. Local (nearby) servers will normally work faster for you and will give you unrestricted access. You can always ask for suggestions on nearby server addresses when you log on to IRC.
Connecting to a channel
Once all of the above is sorted out, you should be ready to connect, click the connect button which is located as a little 'lightning' icon underneath the file list at the top of the page. Once connected, assuming you have no nickname conflicts, you will be given a channel selection box with a number of available channels. For xbins type 'xbins' for anything else you can research that on your own.
Well, I judging by the amount of e-mails and PM's I have recieved some people are not that 'experimental' shall we say. If you want to learn the full capabilities of mIRC, use the comprehensive 'help' functions. Finally, when you actually get into xbins, use the '!list' command to display a list of ftp's available at that time, the amount of files on offer by the xbins ftp is commendable.
Thanks goes to mIRC for allowing me to copy and paste, thanks guys!
I hope this helps people, I'm not used to this many special requests, I'm not a moderator! Please no more e-mails asking me where to get games!