This page has actual working instructions for bypassing MTX's BS. http://www.blog.last-save.com/category/pc-games/free-mechwarrior-4-mercanaries/
I had some "Dictionary Page" crashes. Using this version of the MW4 executable helped tremendously. http://home.grandecom.net/~gswolf/rawinfo/MW4Mercs.exe
So, I am finally able to get to Multiplayer and MekMatch without seeing everyone running a newer version than me. Now, to find a joystick. Went to plug in the ole Sidewinder only to realize I have no gameport. Has it been that long since I climbed into the cockpit of a mech? Guess so.