The nodes.dat file (nodes list) is very important if you want to do the first eMule bootstrap without using servers; but the one packaged with eMule or aMule doesn't work very well.
So, you have to download the nodes.dat manually. Here's the nodes.dat address:
If you're using aMule: just go to Network window > Kad, enter the nodes.dat URL and press OK.
If you're using eMule: close eMule, download the nodes.dat file (copy the address above, paste in the address bar of your browser and press enter) and copy to C:\Program Files\eMule\config. Restart eMule, to connect to kad network.