I'm hoping someone can help me get maple going on a very old laptop. I bought this machine many years ago second hand and usually dig it out whenever I come back to games like Ragnarok Online (no longer needed due to sandboxie), and Maplestory so I can leave a vendor up - this isn't for "playing" the game. It was also a very last "oh pomegranate" resort for browser capabilities for school.
Having said that, it's a HP dv-5000 running XP SP3, with a AMD 64 ML-37 Processor at 1.99 GHz, and 512 mbs of ram, Radeon Xpress 200, and this harddrive.
Pretty weak :D
I usually come back to maple a few times a year, last two times before Tempest was Ascension and Chaos patches. During both those patches this laptop ran decently enough for what we needed. I even did some PQs on it for the hell of it when we (my boyfriend and I) needed an extra person.
Since coming back this patch there seems to be an issue though.
Obviously, the game as gotten bigger so we moved it to an extra external harddrive we had laying around (Toshiba V63700-E 320g - doesn't have it's on power supply). We always used eBooster and a flash drive with it, so kept that the same but moved it from a 2gig to an 8gig. Also using Gamebooster.
The game loads up just fine, with minimal 1 second freezing until I enter my pin. After that it will try to load but just stall on a black screen. When my screensaver finally kicks in after 10 mins, I'll close it down and start over.
If I'm very persistent with this for a few hours it will usually catch the game, but kick me back out onto the log in screen (due to the loggin timing out). This is when I know I'm golden - logging right back in will load the game every single time. From here I can switch characters, maps, leave a shop running for the next 24 hours, even change accounts - as long as I don't EXIT the game completely. Exiting the game starts the whole process all over again.
Because of this I'm thinking this is some kind of cache issue? I'm only somewhat intermediate as far as computers go. I know what to look for when buying a gaming machine, and can even put one together. But I don't know enough to pinpoint exactly what causes something like this or what to tweak.
Our main computers are pretty beastly, but from what I understand you can't sandbox or virtual box maple to dual client it. I would really rather not buy a new machine just to leave a vendor up either the few times a year I play Maple.
Is there anything else I could play around with? I would love if someone could explain exactly whats going on here - besides "it's old, throw it away". I'm determined! Thanks!
Forgot to mention. First time I successfully got in I muted all sound, put all settings on low and windowed it. So that's all done already.