If the chat applet doesn't open
properly, it may be that your machine has an older or corrupted version
of the Java Runtime Engine (JRE) software. Because of licensing issues between Microsoft and Sun, this is a common problem with Windows XP users. You can update and fix this problem
by getting the free download from Sun Microsystems at Free
There are a few other possible reasons for your difficulities. If this is your first time going into the chatroom, you'll
need to be patient, since it may take a few minutes for the chat applet to download to your machine. However, once it's been
downloaded, the applet will be cached in your browser and will load much faster the next time.
Another issue may be the quality of your Internet connection.
If you're sharing a broadband connection or have static on a dial up connection, this will definitely play havoc with the amount of
bandwidth you have available for chatting. This is particularly obvious if you keep losing your chatroom connection once you're
chatting. If you're on a dial up connection, and have call waiting on your line, the "beep" letting you know a call is coming in will usually kill your Internet connection. You can temporarily disable call waiting by adding "*70," to the beginning of your modem's dial string settings.
Lastly, if you're on an older machine with limited memory or if you're running a lot of applications in the background
(especially ones that use the Internet), you may not have enough resources to run the chatroom applet properly. If this is the
case, you can try rebooting your machine and shutting down anything that connects to the Internet while you chat. Yahoo Messenger
and MSN Messenger are especially serious memory hogs and also eat your Internet bandwidth.
Selecting "Dial Up Chat" from the main menu can help with low bandwidth connections and/or older machines with less memory.
Still can't figure it out? If you have Yahoo Messenger, you can message us for additional help.
Many people have gotten used to having to click on a button in order to send the text they have just typed. There isn't a button for that here. Just hit the ENTER key when you're through typing your message and your message will be sent.
If you put your cursor over the nicks in the right side window, you'll be able to see their A/S/L info. If you double click on their nick, you'll be able to send them a private message.
At the bottom of the chat applet, you'll see PUBLIC and PRIVATE areas. Each chatroom you enter will create a button in the PUBLIC area. Each private message get or send will create a button in the PRIVATE area. To switch between them, just click on the buttons.
In the upper right corner of the chat applet to the immediate left of the close icon ("X"), you'll find an icon that allows you to put the chatroom or private chats in a floating window. This can be very useful if you're in multiple chatrooms or have private messages going on. Simply close the floating chat, and it will reattach to the page. Do not close the page, even when you're floating chats. Otherwise, they will be closed and lost.
You may use the Emoticons drop down to add emotion graphics to your text.
You will find many useful IRC commands in the commands drop down. This is also where you can go to try different nicknames and to
register your nickname when you find one that isn't already in use.
You an use the Open Rooms drop down to go to other Hotlanta sponsored chatroom. We currently have rooms for Night Clubs, Gay Men, Lesbians,
Swingers, BDSM, and Singles.
This is a useful help page for working wth beginning IRC commands: