- Non IRC-related errors
- No route to host.
What could this mean? It means you are not connected to the Internet.
Check your connection (reconnect if everything seems fine) and try again.
- Unable to resolve IRC server
Two major issues come to mind here. Either one, the server no longer
exists under that name, or two, you typed it wrong. If you are 100%
sure you typed it correctly, try another server. That one just isnt there.
- Connection timed out.
This is usually due to a downled data line somewhere inbetween your ISP
and the server's ISP. It could also mean that either you or the server
are on a really lagged line. Perhaps you have a large download going on
in the background, or something similar. Patience is usually the best
option here. On a side note, if you have no downloads, and this persists
for any server, and your Internet connection is rather slow, get a new ISP :)
- Connection Refused Issues.
- Connection refused: Please try US or EU server.
I have only seen this on UnderNet, but have heard of other networks doing
similar things. All this means is that you should connect to a server
in your region. The server checks your hostname, decided what continent
you are on, and if it isnt the right one for that server, gives you this
error. Instead of trying in vain to get into this server, find one that
matches your location. Usually EU coveres anywhere but the US and Canada.
- Connection refused: You are not authorized to use this server.
This means that the server you are trying to log into is most likely a private
server. Try another server (sometimes it seems like most of EfNet is this way,
but there are public ones out there).
- Connection refused: Max connections at this time.
A smart IRC Server Admin will set a number relative to the size of their data
line. On occasion the server does get full, and you have to try another one.
An alternative, if you must be on this server, is to wait a few minutes.
Someone is bound to log off eventually, but try to not hammer the server with
connection requests, that only leads to K-Lines (banned from server).
- Connection refused (no error message given)
Usually this means that you are connecting to the wrong port on the server.
The standard IRC port is 6667, but other networks use other ports (Dalnet 7000)
If it is a large network, go to its website and fidn out its default port numbers.
This could also (or so I've found) mean that there is a machine named
"irc.server.com" but it doesnt have irc server software on it. If you cant find
a working port, try another server.
- Connected, but then instantly disconnected
- K-lined: You have been banned from this server, please
This is normally a NewNet error message, but other networks might use it too.
All this means is that either your IdentD client is not working, or the server
didnt check it, but has a ban set if you dont use it. (Silly, I know, but it
does happen sometimes) If you are on a UNIX machine, check your Ident software,
or contact the system admin. Most other platforms have built in IdentD clients
in the IRC client. Check through the help files for your particular client.
If you need to download identD, you can grab it from this identd ftp site.
- K-lined: Spamming is not allowed
Two possibilities here. Perhaps you were spamming and got caught. In that
case, shame on you, serve your punishment. If you haven't a clue what spam is
or do know and never did it, most likely someone from your ISP was causing
trouble by spamming, and several "modem ports" at your ISP got banned. First step,
reconnect to your ISP, if you are still banned, then most likely your ISP is
totaly banned. Send an e-mail to the irc server
admin (most times a server will set up an address like email@example.com) and
explain your situation. If that doesnt work, you just have to wait until the
K-line (ban) is removed, usually within 5 hours, sometimes up to 72.
- K-lined: Harrasment
Read part b. In place of "spamming" insert "Harassment." :)
- K-lined: (any other reason)
The thing to understand about K-lines is this. The IRCOP can place them at any
time they please. Most networks have IRCOPs that will scream when another "OPER"
places a K-line that wasnt needed. As users, all we can really do is hope we are
on one of these networks. The good news is more and more networks do not stand
for impropor K-lines. If you are the one who caused this K-line to be set,
serve your punishment. If you are a innocent bystander caught in the crossfire,
Im sorry, but theres not much you can do. Try another server on that network. If
worse comes to worse, you can always email a
NewNet server admin to inquire about a K: line you honestly feel
should be removed.
- Odd disconnect reasons while chatting
- Connection reset by peer
There is not much the average person can do about these, other than reconnect to
the server. There are many different ideas as to what causes this, but I've never
had any concrete proof as to any of their validity. I wont print them here. Just
- Ping Timeout
During the course of chatting, the IRC server will send a PING message to your
client, and the client responds with a PONG. This tells the server that you
are still there. Sometimes either you or the server gets lagged, and these
messages get cut off. Reconnect and you can chat again. Sometimes this happens
several times in one chat session. Try another server on the network. If it
persists, its probably your end.
- Excess Flood
The two most common ways to achive this are to either purposely send a large
of text to the server, or to inadvertantly do it (usually by playing ascii images)
If you did it on purpose, watch out, an IRCOP might just K-line you for it.
If it was an Ascii Image, or a file being relayed to the channel, try to slow