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How To Play MapleStory On A Mac

This guide will show you how to run Maple Story on Boot Camp, and how to run it in Mac OS X.

Important Info Before Continuing!

I cannot stress this enough: ALWAYS, ALWAYS, [B]ALWAYS[/B] read the entire section carefully before starting. Make sure you know exactly what you're going to do. If you mess anything up, it could damage your system a lot. Be careful, good luck, and have fun playing!

1. Bootcamp - Run Maple Story on Windows on your Mac.

Basically, how this works is you install Windows on your Mac, and when you want to play Maple Story, you have to shut down your Mac and boot into Windows. Boot Camp comes built into Mac OS 10.5 (Leopard) and Mac OS 10.6 (Snow Leopard). It's like having two computers in one. It currently works for Windows XP (SP2 & SP3), Windows Vista, and Windows 7. If that sounds cool with you, let's get started.

You will need :

  • A Mac with an Intel Processor (You can check by going to Apple>About This Mac)

  • A Mac running Mac OS X Leopard or Mac OS X Snow Leopard
(Basically, if the bar on the top of your screen is transparent, you've got either Leopard or Snow Leopard.)

  • A Windows Installation disc.
If you don't have one of these, you can buy one at stores such as Best Buy. (Basil won't let me link to the exact page for some reason...)
Be sure to buy a FULL version, NOT an upgrade. Though, I'd advise to look around your house for a disc first. If you have an old Windows PC at home that you don't use, you can use it's copy of Windows as long as you kept the disc it came with!

  • A Mac OS X Leopard install disc. (This came with your Mac)

  • At least 40 GB of free space on your Mac. (Windows will take up 3 - 10 GB of this space, the rest will be available for saving files)

  • Administrator privileges on your Mac. You MUST have this.

  1. Okay, so once you have all those things we can start. First, open the Applications folder. Then scroll down to Utilities and open Boot Camp Assistant. A window will appear. Simply click on continue, or if you want, you can quickly read the introduction.

  1. Click on 'start the windows installer' and then continue. Then click on 'create or remove a Windows Partition' and then continue.

  1. If you have more than one hard drive in your Mac, a window will appear asking which to install on. Click on Macintosh HD and then continue. If you do not have more than one hard drive, it will take you directly to the next window. It will ask you how you'd like to format the partition. This is a bit complicated so pay attention.

Fat 32 :
  • You can read and write files to the Windows Partition from Mac OS X. This means you can 'make' files onto the Windows Partition when in Mac.
  • You are limited to only 32GB of storage on the Windows Partition.
  • You can only use Windows XP for this. (No Windows 7 or Vista)

  • This will allow you to make the Partition as large or as small as you'd like.
  • The thing is, though, that you will not be able to WRITE files on to the hard drive when in Mac OS X (by default). But, if you really want to, there's a work around. Scroll down to "Read & Write NTFS Files from Mac OS X."
  • You can use Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7.

Keep in mind that while in Windows you will NOT be able to see files on your Mac OS X partition... at least not without extra software. So, while in Windows, it'll seem as if you're running a system with only Windows.

Once you've decided on the format and size for your Windows Partition click on 'Partition.' Here it will ask you to insert your Windows disc, go ahead and insert your disc. Once it is inserted, click on 'Start Installation.'

  1. The computer will restart into the Windows Installation screen. Follow the instructions just as you would on a real Windows PC. Make sure you choose the right hard drive. It will have the word 'BOOTCAMP' in it's name. If you are installing Windows XP, make sure you choose the same format that you chose before. Windows Vista and Windows 7 will do the format choosing for you.

  1. When the installation is finished, your Mac will restart into Windows. When in Windows, go to Start > My computer > Right-click the CD Drive > Click on 'eject.' If you're on a laptop you can right-click by hovering your cursor over the disc and holding control, then clicking. Once the disc is ejected, insert your Mac OS X disc. It will open by itself and you'll see an installer window. If it doesn't open automatically, go back to your CD Drive and open the disc. Double click on 'setup.exe.' Then click continue and let it do it's thing.

  1. Your Mac will restart, again! It'll boot back into Windows. Windows should now see all kinds of new hardware. Your iSight camera should work, speakers, etc.
From now on, when you're in Windows there will be a little Boot Camp icon in the icon tray. You can open it and change settings and choose what operating system (Windows or Mac) you'd like to boot into on start-up. To change the default operating system when on Mac go to Apple > System Preferences > Startup Disc

You can also change what operating system you'd like to boot into by holding down the 'option' key RIGHT AFTER "THE START-UP TING" when you turn on your Mac.

Congratulations, you now have Windows on your Mac. You can boot into Windows anytime you want and run all kinds of games and programs.

Although, if you'd like to play Maple Story directly on mac, keep reading.

2. Parallels/VMware Fusion - Run Maple Story right on Mac (you need to pay $$$)

You can do this by using one of these two great programs; Parallels or [url=]VMware Fusion[/url]. Neither of these programs are free but they do give you nice trials so you can use it for free for a couple days.

These programs allow you to run Windows at the same time as Mac OS X. There are some downsides, however. It will be slower than Boot Camp and you cannot play very high-resolution games. You can play Maple Story though.

bakuwaomar: I think it's worth pointing out that Parallels and VMware have experimental Direct X support and that updates may occasionally break it. If you use Boot Camp first and then use Parallels or VMware with the Boot Camp partition, you'll at least have a fallback.

The good thing about this program is that you can run Windows off of a Boot Camp partition. So, once everything is done, you'd be able to either run your Windows Installation directly through Boot Camp, or on your Mac. If you want to do this, make sure you have done the first step.

Let's get started. What you'll need :

  • A Boot Camp partition, or a Windows Install Disk (as explained in the first method)
  • At least 1GB of RAM, I'd recommend 2GB or more though. (You can find out how much RAM you have the same way you found out what processor you have.)
  • Administrator Privileges

My trial has ended for both of these programs, so I can't really help you out right now. Both programs are easy to use though, so you shouldn't have any problems.

[url=]This video will help you out though.[/url] There are also some great tutorials available on Youtube. [url=]Here's a quick search I did.[/url]

Extra - Read and Write NTFS Files from Mac OS X

[url=]Here is a short video explaining how to do this[/url]

All you have to do is [url=]download and install this[/url] then [url=]download and install this.[/url]

Please thank walridge3 for those links.

Extra : Run Windows Programs directly on Mac

This is free and you do not need to have a copy of windows. The downside is that it can be slow and does not work with games. So, yes, it does not work with Maple Story.

What you'll need :

  • A Mac running Leopard or Snow Leopard. (Tiger users need to make sure they have x11 installed from your mac installation disc)
  • At least 1GB of Ram
  • An Intel Processor (Explained in the first method)
  • Administrator Privileges

Let's get started, I will be using Winamp as an example :

  1. Download Darwine and install it.
  2. Go to Applications and open the Darwine folder.
  3. Open Wine Helper
  4. A new Window entitled 'Process Window' should appear.
  5. Download the installer for your program.
  6. Now go to back to Wine Helper and click on Application > Open
  7. Locate your installer and click open
  8. Let it do it's thing. The installation window should come up. Install just like you would on Windows except when it comes to the window asking where to install it, change it to Macintosh HD > users > you > Program Files > *program name*
  9. It'll continue and when finished, you should be able to run the program directly on your Mac!

End / Questions?

Thanks for reading my guide on how to install Maple Story on your Mac. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me on Basil or Youtube. I'd rather you ask me on Youtube because I don't come on Basil as often as I used to. I will try to answer all questions as best I can. I'm not a genius, so I won't be able to solve all of your problems, lol.

Last Updated April 2 2010!