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When using graphics mods such as OptiFine, do I need to patch server or only client?

I found a mod for Minecraft that adds a lot of adjustments and optimizations to the graphics handling, OptiFine. However, I'm a bit unclear whether I need to patch the server in addition to the ...
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Does time pass on a Minecraft SMP server if nobody is logged on?

I have a private Minecraft server where we are 2 people playing. Earlier today I logged on, observed it was night, and logged back off. Then I logged on just now, it was day again. In the meantime, ...
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How do I power Redstone through a block?

I have seen this in YouTube videos: a person places a Redstone Torch on the wall like in the picture, and it activates a circuit. No matter how many layouts I have tried I can't seems to get a power ...
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How do I escape the Far Lands?

I'm stuck in the Far Lands where nothing seems to load and I get kicked out after a period of time. I'm trying to do a /home right when I'm logging in but I get a timeout before it even appear in the ...
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How can I view/edit Minecraft's level.dat file?

Minecraft saves a lot of data in a file called level.dat. What can I use to edit this? When I try to open it in Notepad++ all I get is a bunch of random symbols... æ&$+¿[w.ÜŠÖÄŸ¶…9É2þ
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How do I fix randomly moved chunks after a crash?

I was stupid and didn't keep a backup of my Minecraft server. Now, it crashed, biomes changed, chunks were moved around, part of my city of gone, an underground chunk was moved aboveground, is there ...
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Minecraft crashes after logging in: A fatal error has been detected by the Java Runtime Environment

Minecraft crashes after I click "Login" at the Minecraft Launcher Window. The credentials are valid, and minecraft.net and notch are up because I have tried to launch minecraft on another computer ...
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What is gold good for?

I have a good supply of gold; however I do not know what to do with it all! Golden armour and tools wear out too fast to be useful, so what do I do with all my gold?
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How far away can you mine blocks while standing in one place?

To my surprise, I could not find this by googling, but what is the arm reach of the player? As in, how far can you mine blocks while standing in one place?
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How to make a looping boat ride?

Ok, so now that boat elevators were fixed, how can you set a boat to infinitely repeat a loop? I.E. I have a boat follow a current I made, and it ends up several levels lower then the start. How can ...
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How can I switch items using mouse buttons instead of the scroll wheel?

My mouse (a Microsoft Wireless Laser Mouse 5000) has smooth scroll (I can't turn it off) which means using the mouse wheel to change items is not ideal, sometimes it doesn't register the wheel turn, ...
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Are there any map plugins that can show online users?

Is there any good map generator otherwise than Dynmap with better zooming and see online players? I found this one through google but can't find which mod is it. Any help?
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Is there any way of removing players' name tags above their heads in SMP?

My friends and I have set up a war server where we basically just kill each other, but we have really elaborate bases and stuff to hide from each other. However, the hidden-ness of us, can get ruined ...
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How do I protect Minecraft.exe from Vipre Antivirus?

I'm trying to solve a problem for a friend who has Vipre Antivirus-- it is contantly deleting minecraft.exe and all of his worlds in the course of normal operation. Vipre has messed with Minecraft in ...
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What is the quickest/easiest way to obtain gunpowder?

I've logged a few hours into Minecraft and so far I've managed to dig a rather wide hole straight to bedrock. I know that in the game, you can mine much faster than a pickaxe if you have TNT, which ...
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Is there a clear water MineCraft mod that will work for SMP servers?

I would like to know if it's possible to use some kind of minecraft mod to make the water that I look through clear. I understand that there's mods to do it and I can also modify my texture pack, but ...
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Generating terrain around structure in Minecraft

is there any program/server plugin/etc that can be used to generate, say a forest, around a building i created? however, it should not delete any of the blocks of the building. i want to make it look ...
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Why do I need to delete the META-INF folder when installing mods?

In Minecraft, nearly every tutorial on how to install a MOD tells you to remove the META-INF folder. However none of the ones I found tell you what it is. I don't like the idea of deleting a folder ...
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How do you lengthen a redstone button signal in Minecraft?

I made a little redstone circuit to open a door (using pistons) with a button, but I was wondering how I could make the door stay open a little longer. I don't want to use a lever as I want it to ...
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What are the Endermen?

Notch's twitter feed has been talking about something called an Enderman. I can sort of gather that this is a new mob coming in minecraft 1.8, but neither Notch's twitter account or his blog contain ...
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How can I mine lots of obsidian without paying much attention?

I would like to mine lots of obsidian without paying a lot of attention. I was thinking about a 1X1 column of obsidian going straight to bedrock so could look down and put a weight on my track pad ...
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How to fly in minecraft

I see a lot of videos where peoples building big building and villages in a time lapse. When I see them, they are flying so they can reach the spot faster. How they do that, is it a Bukkit mod ? Is ...
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Timed Item Spawn in MineCraft Chests

I'm looking to set up "incentives" for exploring different areas on my minecraft SMP server. One idea I had was for items to spawn in chests scattered in out of the way areas that spawn harder to ...
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Are there performance and stability differences between vanilla and Bukkit servers?

I am deciding whether to switch my vanilla server over to a Bukkit server. I did upgrade to the development build of Java 7 which did give me a slight performance boost. Just wondering if anyone has ...
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Will making a grass bridge wider increase the speed at which grass covers it?

I'm building a mob grinder and want to get grass to grow on it. I've built a bridge for grass to spread to it from a nearby island. If I make the bridge wider than 1 block will the extra blocks allow ...
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Does holding certain objects in your hand change your movement speed?

I was wondering, are there any movement speed differences if you hold specific objects in your hand? I'm interested even in a small movement speed difference, like, in decimals.
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What's wrong with my mob trap?

I have made a 50x50 mob trap as specified in this tutorial. Every time I enter the area, mobs spawn inside of the trap, but after they die, no more appear. What am I doing wrong? The floor of the ...
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Can you use single player mods on multiplayer?

I am wondering if two people have the same single player mods on a Minecraft SMP server, will they be able to use them as if they were a server mod? For instance if we were the only ones on the ...
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How do Minecraft biomes work?

I've never seen any information about the distribution of biomes in a generated world. First, are all types of biomes, guaranteed to exist in a world? Will I always find snow somewhere, and desert ...
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What is an effective way to raise the water level on an entire world?

I would like to play in a water world with deep oceans and islands everywhere, not just occasional ocean biomes. I have looked for a good seed, but nothing really shows up. I am wondering if there is ...
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How quickly does sugar cane grow?

I recently started a sugar cane farm, and I'm just curious as to the rate at which sugar cane grows.
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In Minecraft SMP, if there are no players online, do any monsters spawn?

I have heard that monsters only spawn within a fixed radius of the player in single-player mode. Is it different in SMP, or is it that because there are no players that no monsters can spawn?
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Powered rail on a slope powering glitch?

I have placed a powered rail on a slope with a redstone torch underneath it as shown in the following two pictures. Now as you can see, the powered rail is in fact unpowered, despite the redstone ...
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Is there a equivalent to the automatic mod downloader ModCraft for mac?

I have a Mac and I use Mods, I am not very good at putting mods on and have looked at endless youtube video's. I found one where you make the minecraft.jar into a folder then drag the files in but ...
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On my minecraft SMP i need to port forward for someone outside my network to connect. What does this mean? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: My friend cant connect to my Minecraft server from their house My friend and I want a multiplayer server to play on so i'm making one.
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How to avoid sand/gravel blocks to break when using in Minecraft mechanisms?

When making mechanisms such as elevators based on sand/gravel blocks (and their property of being affected by gravity) how one can avoid those blocks from breaking? I understand that if blocks ...
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Minecraft crashes on a ubuntu 11.04 system with an EVGA GT 240 video card [closed]

I have a computer with Minecraft It runs Ubuntu 11.04 The game freezes sometimes and it outputs this bug report: System: Linux 2.6.38-10-generic #46-Ubuntu SMP Tue Jun 28 15:07:17 UTC 2011 x86_64 X ...
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How to start a cart from inside it?

I've still fairly new to Minecraft but absolutely love it. I'm learning about the carts and have a nice track setup with several powered rails but is there a way I can start a cart while already ...
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How can I run Minecraft in the background?

Is there anyway I can run Minecraft in the background so I can harvest items from my automated mob grinder while doing other activities, other than by setting up a server for myself? If I just ...
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Minecraft, OpenGL, and the dreaded Bad Graphics Card error!

After hearing about minecraft for a while, I figured I'd head over to Minecraft.net and see what all the fuss was about. After watching a few tutorials, I was hooked on the concept and decided to buy ...
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Powered rail not powering down

I've built an underground minecart track to allow me fast travel between two outposts. In the middle I've placed a powered rail, with a long redstone line to each post. I connected these two to a ...
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How do I create a hidden staircase?

I'm currently trying to create a hidden set of stairs (made of whole blocks, not stair blocks) by having pistons stacked on top of each other, so that when it's deactivated it looks like a flat ...
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What is going on with these pistons?

I was messing around with pistons today, and I cam across this weird senario whhere they are not working as expected. I took some screenshots, they are Here and are in order. I have three pistons on ...
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Preventing item loss after death

I'm really sick of getting all of my items destroyed when I die. Is there any way, even by cheating, to re-acquire the items or to disable the 5 minute item-disappearance countdown?
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What is the spawn code for pine wood in Minecraft?

What spawn code do I need to use to spawn pine wood block in multiplayer? On some website I saw something like 17-1 (17 for the sapling, and 1 for pine since 1 is the type of a sapling).. But when I ...
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How do coordinates work in minecraft? (SSP)

I can't figure out how minecraft coordinates work and they tell specific points in a world.
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Do Ghasts ACTUALLY spawn near portals in the overworld?

We hear this a lot; that ghasts (bunny-ears) "sometimes" spawn near portals in the "real world"; but I can't for the life of me remember having seen any actual evidence of this being true… Do ghasts ...
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Do I have to kill sheep to collect wool?

I just updated Minecraft to Beta 1.7.2, and now I don't get wool from hitting a sheep once anymore. Killing it only drops 1 block of wool. In Beta 1.6, it used to drop 1-3 when hitting it once. Do I ...
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How do I reverse the activation of Pistons with redstone automatically?

So basically, I want to make a hidden Piston door using Redstone that opens and shuts when I pull a lever. As you can see, the door consists out of 14 sticky Pistons ...
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Most efficient way to farm Slimes?

I'm having a hard time finding slimes to kill so that I can make some sticky pistons - I know that they only spawn at the bottom of the map, so I am restricting my search to this area, however I have ...