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How can I increase the screen resolution of Minecraft on a Mac?

When I maximize Minecraft on my Mac it just changes the size of the window, not the actual game. How can I get a higher resolution? (Example): I believe that is 1280x800px.
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How do I create an inactivity timeout device?

I want a redstone circuit which has one input (or an arbitrary number of ORed inputs, but I can wire that up myself), one output, and where the output is on whenever the input is on as well as a for a ...
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Redstone torch not working in Minecraft beta 1.1_02?

Torches seem to be stuck ON all the time. Given SrrTrr (Switch, redstone, Torch) the torch and all the redstone are lit regardless of the position of the switch. Removing the torch shows the ...
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How can I permanently show FPS?

I know there used to be an option to show FPS at all times in an earlier version and I know F3 still shows it now but only while you hold F3. I tried this F3 + alt + F3 technique but (at least on my ...
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What could cause a Minecraft portal to not work?

I have build two portals in Minecraft now, and neither of them seem to work. This is on a multi player server. They were built correctly, and they both have the purple portal tiles in the center. ...
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Possible to travel between worlds in SMP

As seen in Creative mode, you could travel between different worlds or maps. I was wondering if such would be possible on SMP. I currently run Hey0.
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Does length dilation affect the Y axis in the Nether?

It's known that traveling one block in the Nether is equivalent to traveling 8 blocks in the real world, and I can confirm that along the X and Z axes by building four portals: two in the Nether and ...
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How can I make a boatlock in Minecraft?

How can I navigate a boat to a higher level in Minecraft? Is there some form of a lock that I could use? Maybe something using doors and watersource... Inspired by this question: Any way to dig a ...
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Is it possible to build a new river across a land barrier?

I'm trying to make something like the Panama Canal - there's a piece of land, less than a hundred blocks wide, that if completely removed, would connect two larger oceans. So I did the obvious, ...
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What is the optimum pattern to place crops in Minecraft?

What factors affect soil hydration and crop growth time? What is the most efficient layout of dirt and water to grow crops?
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How do I properly setup an auto-starting server on Windows Server?

I have been having a difficult time configuring the Minecraft server to start with Windows. Here's the situation: I have a Windows Server 2008 hosted at GoDaddy which I use for my web development and ...
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How often are SMP maps automatically saved?

I've found these two commands related to 'auto-save' on the Op wiki page: /save-off - turns off auto-save. /save-on - turns on auto-save. but I can't find any documentation on the length of time ...
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How far do I have to place torches so that mobs will not spawn near me?

Since torches prevent mobs from spawning, is it possible to place enough torches within a specific radius to ensure safety during the night? I'm thinking of a situation without any shelter built, more ...
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Unable to eat in Minecraft

I have opened a ticket about this at getsatisfaction, however, as no one else has reported it as a bug, I was wondering if anyone else here has seen this problem. I can eat once within an instance of ...
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Current players in a server

Is there a way to see the current players in a server from the client program?
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Can mobs activate pressure plates?

I have one on each side of my door for quick in/out of my house, and if they can activate pressure plates then I'm most likely doomed.
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How can you turn a rapid pulser on and off?

We have built a number of large rapid pulsers for Floor D of Fosco's server's community wiki. D, obviously, is for disco. Disco seen from the deejay's point of view, with two jukeboxes. I just wish ...
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Can torches cause fire?

I was just about to dig myself a new basement to my wooden-home, when I suddenly figured that the ceiling was on fire (long story short, not even the cockroaches survived). The only thing I did was to ...
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How do I change track direction?

I want to make an automatic railroad. When I stand on a pressure plate I want a cart to arrive within a few seconds. To do this I have setup a self resetting booster. At the end of the booster I have ...
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Can mobs use levers?

Specifically, is it safe to put a lever to open an iron door 'outside'?
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What is the most effective design for an infinite cobblestone generator?

I have one lava and one water. I want to make stone factory, which is: the most compact the most safe to get stone from it
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How can I provide natural light under a roof?

I'm building a platform out in the water, sort of like an oil rig, and I'm realizing that the area beneath my platform is going to become completely dark at all times. In order to prevent that, how ...
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Can water freeze and snow fall in biomes in Minecraft?

In the current version of Minecraft, can water freeze to ice in tundra biomes, as it did in ice worlds before biomes were introduced? Relatedly, can new snow fall in tundra biomes, after scooping up ...
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What causes an item to disappear in Minecraft? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What persists after a respawn in Minecraft? I've apparently lost my diamond sword due to a death far from my spawn point. Was I just unlucky or do items disappear if you ...
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Why do I get an error when I try to play?

So when I try to play Minecraft it keeps giving me this error: I'm running Windows 7, 64-bit and I have the latest version of Java installed. My computer is a Dell Inspiron 1545 How can I fix this? ...
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What tools do you use to help you build structures?

When looking at Minecraft pictures, I see that lots of people build lots of really neat structures, but I really wonder how they build some structures. Are the using some external tool to help them ...
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Is it possible for a Mob to spawn *right next to* the player in Minecraft?

According to Minepedia/Light, the changes that occurred in the Halloween update make torches useless for level 16 and below (incidentally, also the level where diamonds start). Now, that's all fine ...
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Can redstone torches provide enough light to prevent monster spawning?

I know that redstone torches are dimmer than normal (coal) torches. I also know that someday torches won't last forever and we will need to craft lanterns. But today I got an idea... I have tons of ...
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What is the creeper's “activation” radius?

I'm building my little base so that I can see around where I'm currently located at night, so see whether it's safe to go out the next morning, etc. I'd like to make my outer wall out of glass for ...
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Where do Minecraft texture packs go on OS X?

I play Minecraft on OS X and for some reason clicking this button doesn't do anything. Where should I be putting my texture packs?
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How do I flood a mine?

I have built an aqueduct from what seems to be the sea to the underground level. But the water level never rises above 1 tile of depth. How to make it 2 tiles of depth?
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How does armor work in Minecraft?

How much does armor diminish damage taken? Also, how is it's durability calculated? Is it worth making a set of diamond armor or is leather just as good (seeing as leather isn't used for anything ...
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Redstone Circuitry - Resistors?

Is there any way to construct a resistor within a redstone circuit? I was thinking that there might be some properties of cobblestone versus glass, dirt versus obsidian, etc. but I haven't had the ...
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How much longer does it take to mine blocks underwater or while airborne?

I noticed that when my feet aren't firmly placed on the ground, it takes significantly longer to mine blocks, even with high-end tools. Is there a factor that mining time is increased by for these ...
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Is there any way to reuse a boat?

I would like to know how to dock or pick up my boat. I've been unsuccessful with this in the past, either breaking the boat on land or just leaving it behind. It would save a lot of time and materials ...
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How to create bows and arrows?

I need to kill!
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How do I craft a chest?

I want to have a place to store my items in case I get full of items or die.
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How do I move my spawn point?

I am spawning too far from my home. How do I move my spawn point?
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Is there a directory for public servers?

How do I find public Minecraft servers? Is there a directory of them?
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What's the safest way to farm obsidian without burning to death?

In single player Survival mode in Minecraft Alpha, what is the safest way to create an obsidian farm? I've come across naturally occurring in obsidian in Survival MP, but that was easy to mine because ...
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What is the most reliable way to get saplings from leaves?

I've started trying my hand at tree farming (I was starting to reach a tipping point where cutting trees was affecting the aesthetic of my base island). After an initial few rounds cutting trees and ...
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What is the average rate at which sufficiently lit grass spreads in a line?

I've built those corridors that let me go across the lake. As I went back and forth on them to reach my mine and shelter, I noticed the grass slowly advancing over the area. This gave me a crazy ...
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How can I level water?

It may be my inner OCD, but situations like this annoy me to no end. Sometimes, a patch of water is "ruined" for no apparent rational reason and all attempts to restore it to normality are met with ...
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Is there a canonical list of Minecraft bugs?

Is there a good official/semi-offical list of Minecraft bugs somewhere. I occasionally experience weird behaviors and I want to know if the bug is already known, and I should just accept it since I ...
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Is there a way to see how deep I am?

Is there a way to see how deep a hole I've dug in Minecraft, besides counting the number of squares I've dug through? I realize at some point there is bedrock so if I can't see how far down I am, can ...
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If I'm already above the clouds — how much higher can I go?

What Z-Level are the clouds at? I've found the perfect place to build my minecraft base Right there, in the orange circle. But I can't help but notice. That's pretty damn high. I know minecraft ...
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What is the minimum safe spacing between trees to contain forest fires?

After trying to implement a minor controlled burn to tame the wild forests surrounding my home, I managed to create what I shall heretofore refer to as The Burning Land. It occurred to me that we ...
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Does it matter which way a door is facing in Minecraft?

Depending on which way I'm facing when I place a door, it will either be on one side of a cube border or another. Are there any game mechanics that make use of the door's alignment which I should be ...
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Can creatures follow me through a portal?

Can creatures from both the Nether and the Overworld follow me through a portal? Is it safe to build a portal in the open, or should it be surrounded in a cobblestone hut to prevent unwanted ...
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How is fall damage calculated in Minecraft?

How does the game determine how much damage you take? Is there a formula out there that determines how many hearts of damage you take per blocks fallen?