How To Download With mIRC: Troubleshooting

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This article is part of our series on XDCC / IRC downloading, and part 3 of the mIRC downloading tutorial. If you haven’t read our other articles, you’re invited to do so now!

Introduction: XDCC Downloading For Beginners

Part 1: How To Configure mIRC For XDCC Downloading
Part 2: How To Download With mIRC
Part 3: Troubleshooting

Not always does everything work out right, but fear not: here is our troubleshooting guide. If you have any other questions or problems, feel free to shoot us a message in the comments!

Common Problem No.1: My download doesn’t start!

The bot could not be online anymore. In this case, you should get a message in the server window, telling you the command you send went nowhere because the user it was addressed to was not to be found. You could wait for the bot to come online again, but we suggest you should simply choose a different bot, read a different search result from your search engine of choice.

You were added to the queue. When no more downloading slots are free, most bots add you to a waiting list to ensure high downloading speeds for the other users. Watch for messages from the bot in the channel, it will tell you more. This is one of the few reasons to leave sounds on, since you’ll get a beep when a you receive a message directly addressed to you, but watch out: Hearing “beep, beep, beepbeepbeepbeepbeep!” all day long gets really old really soon. Read our mIRC configuration tutorial to learn how to turn sounds on and off.

Too many users try to access the bot at the same time, which might result in delayed responses. Now please don’t join the club by hammering away on your keyboard, leave the poor guy some air to breathe and wait for a few minutes before trying it again!

Your firewall might block DCC file transfers. Either try to remove this limitation by changing the firewalls configuration (rarely the problem but you can always check), or use a VPN to break through it entirely.

You have a DCC pending, Set your client to receive the transfer. (*** seconds remaining until timeout). Most likely there’s something wrong with your settings. Go back to our mIRC configuration tutorial and check. Settings should be as described in the guide and as can be seen in the screenshots.

Common Problem No.2: My download breaks off before completion

The bot went offline. Keep in mind that bots can go on- and offline again unexpectedly. Simply send the download command again, and if you get a message in the server window telling you the user is not online anymore, you might have to wait for a few minutes to try it again or go for another bot sharing the same file; most bots support resuming downloads.

You disregarded some rule on the channel. We have seen, for example, channels where, immediately after beginning a file transfer, a private message popped up in a separate window (keep an eye on the upper part of the screen, where these messages are shown, or to another one of those “beeps!” if you choose to leave sounds on), telling us to join another channel within one minute because otherwise, the transfer would be interrupted. Better do it, these guy don’t mess around…


Common Problem No.3: Downloading speed is too slow

Not much to do about that, except switching to a different bot or waiting for a bit, too see if things don’t get better.

Common Problem No.4: The wrong file is send

In some cases this might happen; the listing of your search engine was seemingly not up-to-date. Try a different bot.

Relatively uncommon, but already heard of: I couldn’t download through the Java IRC chat from some site, what do I do?

You need to use mIRC or another DCC-compatible IRC client, or things are obviously going to go wrong! Please read through our complete series again to learn more.

Alright, this was part 3 of  our mIRC downloading guide. If you have any more questions or feedback on this article, shoot us a message in the comments. We’d love to hear from you!

Other parts of this series:

Introduction: XDCC Downloading For Beginners

Part 1: How To Configure mIRC For XDCC Downloading
Part 2: How To Download With mIRC
Part 3: Troubleshooting

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