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Playing MapleLegends on Mac M1/Big Sur/Catalina

Discussion in 'Guides' started by Floris, Dec 31, 2020.

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  1. Floris

    Floris Mixed Golem

    May 27, 2020
    12:42 AM
    Hi ~

    So after struggling for an entire day and googling stuff, here's my probably scuffed guide on getting MapleLegends to run on the new MacBook M1 series / MacOS Catalana or Big Sur.

    Downgrading to Mojave and running MapleLegends that way as explained here is probably going to be the easiest option. Though downgrading your macOS might have some disadvantages.
    M1 chip based Mac systems are unable to downgrade in this way, Mojave does not support the M1 chip.
    Another option is running bootcamp/parallels to run windows.

    The problem with currently running the Mac client on Big Sur/Catalana is these versions of MacOS no longer support 32 bit applications, and will never do so in the future. They are also unable to run bootcamp, apple announced they will never get bootcamp either as explained here.
    The idea is that windows applications (specifically 32 bit ones) should in the future be run through virtualisation software.

    There is as of today (31/12/2020) not yet a fully developed version of a virtual machine available for the M1 chip. Therefore, we will have to resort to the Parallels Technical Preview version currently available.
    DISCLAIMER:please carefully read the information provided by Parallels on this project as can be found here: Try Technical Preview
    I am not associated with Parallels, nor have any inside knowledge.

    Step by step guide:
    This software (parallels) is currently still free, as you are a tester while they develop the software. Eventually it probably will become a paid service.
    1. Click this link: Try Technical Preview
    2. Log in using one of the listed options / create an account
    3. Read the page
    4. Download the Parallels Desktop link
    5. Follow the instructions

    For me, Parallels was not able to find a Windows ISO file on its own (I waited for that cog wheel for 10 mins and gave up).

    1. Sign up: click here
    2. Download the Windows 10 ARM based ISO here
    3. After following that link, sign in on the page in order to download the ISO.

    Now go back to Parallels, which should still be stuck searching for ISO files. Go to Manually select iso > browse to the ISO you just downloaded > click it and follow the rest of the installation.
    After the installation completes, you should now have a working windows 10 Parallels on your M1 Mac.
    Go to maplelegends.com, download the windows client and install it. For me, the client gave a common windows error I seem to have forgotten. Resolved it by googling MapleLegends + error code.
    Note: I only got the HD1 client (1024x768) size to work for me, the larger (1366x768) size doesn't seem to work.


    I hope this helps anyone out there looking for a solution. Be sure to send Microsoft and Parallels some feedback if you run into any issues. So far mine works well, but I can't vouch for how well/how long this installation of windows through parallels will work.

    If you have any questions, let me know!
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