There could be one of many reasons why you can't get into chat. The following are just a few of the most common:
- You were banned from chat for one of many various reasons and the ban hasn't been lifted yet.
- The server is down.
- There is some sort of problem getting you connected to the server.
- The Java Applet isn't working.
If you are having trouble in either mIRC or the Java Applet, you may want to try connecting to the server via the IP by using this command: /server 188.8.131.52
We are currently on the PurpleSurge network, and usually you'll be able to connect via: irc.purplesurge.com
Note: If you are trying to connect, and neither the normal address or IP are working, then it is likely that the server is just down or experiencing problems. This is probably the case, especially if you do multiple connect attempts, and you get something like "Connection refused".
Feel free to add to this if I missed anything.