Thanks JayHenry. I tried with mIRC, but I can't find Freenode in the list of servers and when I enter it in myself it doesn't work. So I don't know... I must be doing something wrong. On the mIRC page, it gives you a lot of links to download for specific countries. I clicked Australia first, and then when it didn't work I tried re-downloading it from the New York link. Still no luck. But I did find this: java.freenode.net/index.php where I can still enter Freenode via Java chat. I do prefer IRC though, so if anyone can help me with mIRC, I would greatly appreciate it.
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