Since 3 days I've had this problem. It's been a long time since I played PSO and I felt like playing again but I can't.
Everytime I press "start game" my screen goes black for ~15 seconds. Then I get error No.903:
"Patch server connection failed.
The server may be under maintenance.
Please check the current news updates on the Official Site."
....Even though the webpage showed the servers as online and even listed the number of currently active players.
I tried fixing it by doing, what was suggested in other threads.
1: System --> advanced system settings --> settings --> I don't know what it's called in english since my computer is in german.. it's something like data execution prevention? i added every .exe file in the PSO folder to these exceptions, restarted. no change.
2: Restarted my computer of course. No change.
3. Firewall exception / disabled my Firewall: Nope, didn't work.
4. Reset my router. Didn't work.
5. Disconnected from my wifi, connected to a different one: Didn't work. Reconnected to my old one: Didn't work.
6. Reinstalled PSO: Also didn't work.
So.. What do I do? Or are the servers really offline.. ? Because the page says otherwise. And I'm running out of ideas.
Edit: Also, I'm running it as administrator. I changed my resolution, crack mode is disabled, and I tried running every .exe file there is. Had no luck yet.
Edit2: Pictures added:
1: When I open online.exe: http://puu.sh/gVGmM/2f060e7f52.jpg it tells me the servers are apparently offline.
2: http://puu.sh/gVGtk/1ccb9955e9.jpgUsual menu, should be able to start the game, right...?
3: Nope. Blackscreen comes up, and stays at least 15 seconds, if not, a bit longer. http://puu.sh/gVGwA/dcc715237b.jpg
4: After the blackscreen, I am greeted with this screen: http://puu.sh/gVGvj/239eec12fd.jpg
No matter which .exe I use (PsOBB, online, PsOBw), I always get the screens from 2 to 4...
I hope it's okay that I just used URL's instead of uploading pictures. If not, I will change it, no problem.