It's been years so I decided to check what's going on in MS. However, I came across a dilemma.
I wasn't able to DL MS via the regular Download link due to a Pando Media Booster problem. So I scratched that.
I DL'ed MSSetupv96 from FilePlanet and it is a 2.2GB client. Now, while I managed to install everything needed, I am still unable to launch the game. When I click "Play" and after HackShield finishes loading, it says this:
"We are unable to connect to the login server due to a server check, a firewall block or other network issues. Please check the MapleStory homepage for ongoing server checks as well as your firewall settings."
I have already done the following:
1) Re-boot 2) Launch from GameLauncher 3) Logged into site and tried to Launch from there, but fail 3) Uninstalled and reinstalled 4) Did the Windows XP compatibility thing (This computer is a Windows Vista) but the HackShield says it will not work due to "hacking concerns." 5) Check for updates on network drivers 6) Added MS to excemptions on Firewall, including Pando Media Booster and other things. 7) Checked processes to see if there's anything related to MS. There were none.
On another note, I have also tried to patch using the manual patch, but it stops at <3/3> Creating Base.wiz. It won't go any further after that.