We seem not to be able to run Maple 10 properly on our Uni network. The problem is that users can not save preferences or use the Compiler. It seems the problem is due to poor programming practice by Maplesoft, although the issue is obscure and I am prepared to be convinced that the problem is our Computing Service's implementation of it.
The problem is (I believe) this.
Our system is as follows (under XP Pro): All users and
PC's live in our Active Directory and all software is applied via group
policy. Users have roaming profiles (which are not backed-up!) and their
'Start menu' and 'Desktop' are redirected to a 'read-only' server location
(which we can customise for consistency). Their 'My Documents' folder is
redirected to the user's network home directory (which is backed-up!).
Maple apparently tries to write directly to folders under Documents and Settings, rather than writing to the users profile.
Maple apparently does this "regardless of the value of MultiUserProfile or UserDirectory in the maplesys.ini file". (These values only change the location of the maple10.ini file for the Classic Interface.)
It is a real pain getting students to change their settings once to avoid the 2-D input. Having to get them to do it every time they start Maple is a nightmare!