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Why can't I mine diamond, gold ore, or redstone ore?

Normal blocks I can mine fine, but when it comes to diamond and gold ores, the block just gets "destroyed" (as in you can't pick it up). I'm playing on multiplayer with no spawning monsters.
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How far should I place torches in a planar huge room?

I'm building a very large planar room. How far should I place torches from each other, in order to avoid mob spawning? In How far do I have to place torches so that mobs will not spawn near me? ...
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Why can't I log into minecraft with a mojang account?

I created a Mojang account and downloaded the Minecraft launcher, but when I started it up, I couldn't log in. Since the log in fields did not require a username, I tried typing in my email, and still ...
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'Unbalanced Curly Brackets' Error with this command block code, what am I doing wrong? [duplicate]

I am trying to make a chest that is called 'I' that has another chest inside called 'II' that has another chest inside called 'III' that has another chest inside called 'IV' that has another chest ...
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How do I find slimes in Minecraft?

In early alpha I remember Minecraft videos showing slimes deep underground. I think you would attack them then they split into several smaller slimes. But I've never found a slime for myself. In what ...
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How do I change player name in minecraft multiplayer in offline mode in Linux?

I have a small Minecraft server (beta 1.5), and every time I log in via offline mode from a client, my name is "Player". How can I change that? I know of a way to do it in Windows but it doesn't help....
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Can you turn weather off in Minecraft?

The arrival of Minecraft Beta 1.5 brought weather conditions. However, it can at times be inconvenient when you're trying to screenshot something and show it off (as it reduces lighting and obstructs ...
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Help! I got lost in Nether!

No, actually I didn't, but that was a close call and I'm really curious how would one go about that one. On my third or fourth visit to the Nether, I still didn't realize the risk, and didn't place ...
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Minecraft Command Blocks Help - Selecting previous target in a second command block

I'm trying to make a system that prevents players from using certain items: In one command block I have the following command "clear @a diamond_sword" executing constantly through a clock. Off the ...
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What's the point of leveling up in Minecraft?

Starting with beta 1.8 prerelease, Minecraft players earn XP when they kill mobs! What are the benefits of leveling up? More health? More damage? Larger inventory?
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Are there any blocks that spiders cannot climb?

I'm building a spider spawner exp farm, and I have everything planned out. Now the only thing is to build it. But what material should I use? Are there any blocks that a spider (either type) just ...
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Where are my Minecraft saves located?

On Minecraft I am stuck really far down (see this question) and can't get out. When I search for my save I can't find it. I am on a Macbook.
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Why aren't there any passive mobs spawning in my single player world?

There used to be a bunch of pigs and sheep and cows and chickens, but ever since I've been building everywhere, they've vanished. I tried to create patches of grass with torches on them to get them to ...
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How do I get the Ender Dragon egg and what does it do?

So I finally killed the Ender Dragon! As I was climbing the portal back to the world, I noticed that on top of the column there was an egg. So I attacked, mined, clicked and nothing happened, it just ...
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Super Secret Settings

In the new snapshot of minecraft (13w36b) there is a super secret setting in the options menu. when hitting the button an enderman-ish sounds play. Does it do anything or is it just a sound?
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How do I download Minecraft 1.6.4?

I tried connecting to a server this morning but it said "outdated client". I understand that that means I have to get Minecraft 1.6.4 but I have no clue how to do it. I tried getting it on Minecraft....
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Why is everything in minecraft opaque red and blue?

I have updated my drivers, updated java, restarted my computer and downloaded the game several times. When I try to play the game everything is duplicated in opaque red and blue. Does anyone else have ...
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I get a “bad login” message when trying to play multiplayer [duplicate]

When I try to play multiplayer I type in the only server I know, which the game says was right, then click Play and it loads. Then it says Can't connect to server: bad log in. How can I fix this?
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Minecraft Forge 1.7.10 keeps crashing as soon as I launch the game with EXCEPTION_ACCESS_VIOLATION (0xc0000005)? [duplicate]

After successfully installing Minecraft Forge 1.7.10 using the Windows Installer, the game crashes as soon as it begins to launch. After crashing, the games screen reads this: [12:09:24] [main/INFO] [...
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Minecraft crashes with “EXCEPTION_ACCESS_VIOLATION (0xc0000005)” [duplicate]

I am trying to install Minecraft for the first time. I have tried to uninstall Java and reinstall. I have tried shutting off the firewalls. I do not know what else to try. Anyone have any ideas? I am ...
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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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What's the most efficient way to get experience?

Now that experience does something besides render regions of a server uninhabitable due to orb lag, what's the most efficient and safe way to get those excellent enchants? A mob farmer may rank ...
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How do I create a very long delay with Redstone?

The only things I've found so far are a cart method (which ceased working in 1.6), a dispenser method (utilizing the decay on dropped items, but this requires occasional feeding), and a binary counter ...
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Is there any way to cause lava source blocks to replicate in Minecraft?

You can create an infinite well using two buckets of water and a hole that is one block deep and two blocks by two blocks wide. I'm wondering if it's possible to do a similar thing with lava, now ...
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How can I improve the performance of Minecraft?

I'm a happy Minecraft player. I place my blocks, mine my coal, and generally nobody gets hurt. Lately though, those mean creepers have been sneaking up on me from behind, and killing me. Why? Because ...
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How far away do portals need to be so that they don't go to the same place?

I'm playing on a SMP server and am trying to use the Nether to link up all my disparate bases around the world. Note in the below, A is Overworld, B is Nether. I started with one portal (A1, thus ...
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Can I copy part of a Minecraft multi-player (SMP) map to a single-player map?

Is it possible to somehow get the map from an SMP server as a mere player? I did some large Redstone circuitry, and I would like to copy it into my SSP map. If not, can I extract the loaded chunks ...
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What persists after a respawn in Minecraft?

I've died a few times before reaching the point where I can get some action going; after each death I was unable to recover the contents of my inventory. Is my inventory lost forever after death? ...
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I'm stuck underground. How do I get back to the surface?

I'm stuck underground. I can't mine any further to reach lava. There is no water nearby, and zombies can't reach me. I can't see to find any blocks to suffocate my character. NBTEdit and similar ...
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What are the properties of fire?

How exactly does fire act in Minecraft? Specifically, I'm wondering about things like: Which materials are flammable? Within how many blocks of a flaming block can a block catch fire? When you're on ...
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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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Do shorn sheep regrow their wool?

Following on from this question on dyed sheep the thought occurs "Do shorn sheep regrow their wool". I know that shorn sheep stay that way for a while - I see them around and about. I know that mobs ...
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Does Herobrine exist?

I've seen videos of a mob named Herobrine being summoned or randomly encountered. He has the default Minecraft skin but with glowing white eyes. Are these videos all hoaxes or is there a way to summon ...
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What's the fastest way to find mineshafts?

I'm on the hunt for melons, and one place I'm fairly sure I can find them is a mineshaft. Which leaves me back at square one, how do I find a mine shaft? It seems they were made substantially harder ...
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How do I quickly create a safe shelter?

I've recently started playing Minecraft, and I only have a little experience with enemies (I've been playing with the peaceful setting so I can figure out what the heck I'm doing). When I did play ...
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Minimum safe spacing between lava and flamable materials?

It seems that containing lava in solid glass, stone and iron blocks may not be sufficient to prevent wool from burning, even if the lava is completely encased. After some delay, it seems that ...
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What are all the gamerule commands in Minecraft?

I want to know what are the gamerule commands in Minecraft, and what do they do? Please help as I want to have special stuff without using mods and plugins!
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Is it possible to change your single-player skin?

In Minecraft, is it possible to customize your skin in single-player mode (not just in multiplayer)? How?
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Where are my Screenshots?

I pressed F2 to take a few Minecraft screenshots. Later I couldn't find them. Where are they stored on my computer?
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How do you make a local (LAN) server in minecraft?

I went to multiplayer and pressed "New Server" I entered the name I want it to be and the address. I pressed done but it said "hostname not available"
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Is Minecraft (PC) Controller-Friendly?

Am I able to use a controller to play the PC version of Minecraft? If so, can I just plug it in and play or do I have to do something else before being able use one?
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Can Minecraft be played by two players locally on the same account?

I just bought Minecraft. Now, my brother wants to play with me but my Mom doesn't want to buy another. We use the same Wifi network. Can we do this?
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How can I teleport to an unloaded entity?

I am using invisible invulnerable ArmorStands to create "warps" and "homes" in a map. The idea is that I can spawn them in with a specific name, and then teleport a player back to them like this: /tp ...
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Minecraft Forge 1.7.10 will not start [closed]

My minecraft will not start on only that version, I have a Windows 7 computer with Java 8u20 installed, because the latest java 7 update will not work at all(plus imma dev for other stuff). [22:26:...
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What do I do if I don't have a META-INF folder or minecraft.jar?

I have looked all over the Internet for solutions but I have got nothing. I want to install the minepainter mod but I need a META-INF folder and a minecraft.jar.
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How do I give myself an item that can only be placed on a block with a certain damage value?

I'm currently in the process of making a custom map and I want to add blocks that can only be placed on a certain colour clay. This is the command I tried using. /give @p cobblestone 1 0 {CanPlaceOn:...
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How do I not get lost underground?

I have found a rather large series of underground caverns in Minecraft, and have come close to becoming fatally lost several times. What are some best practices in making sure I get back to familiar ...
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How can I clear the water out of this area?

I've sectioned of this area in the sea near my base, and I need to get rid of all the water from it. From what I've tried the only way I can see to clear it is fully cover one layer, delete the ...
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What's the maximum number of powered rails in a row that's useful?

I'm going through my rail network, replacing boosters with powered rails. However I'm finding that unlike boosters, which 'break' the laws of minecraft physics (by giving the cart much more momentum ...
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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 ...