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Underground vs. Overground bases

I'm not looking for one or the other because that is subjective instead what are the good points and bad points of each? e.g. Overground are easier to see. Underground had less access for mobs to get ...
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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 do Minecraft double doors behave the way they do with redstone? [closed]

I've seen videos that explain how to make redstone double doors, but none of them really explain why redstone double doors work that way, just that they do. Is there an explanation for their ...
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A “Lockdown” function for Minecraft?

Hey guys, just wondering, I have a large house/base that is divided into four sections. I want to implement a redstone circuit that will automatically close all the doors that are connected to the ...
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Multiplayer fix for missing chunks? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Minecraft - Massive Hole In The Ground My server for minecraft has been haveing problems, a big gaping whole the size of one chunk will open up and only one player can ...
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Can I alt-tab out of Minecraft without the game auto-pausing?

Is there a way to alt-tab out of Minecraft (i.e. make Minecraft lose focus) without the game auto-pausing and without having to bring a menu (e.g. inventory) up first?
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Redstone Golf: Light up a random torch [closed]

The Challenge: Design a redstone circuit that accepts an input from a button and lights up a random redstone torch. The Rules: One redstone torch should be lit, with all the others off. The state ...
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Play Minecraft Classic Server when Minecraft.net is down?

I run my own Minecraft Classic server and I was wondering if it is possible to play it without logging on to minecraft.net. Minecraft is down all the time (including now) so I was wondering if there ...
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How many possible outcomes will there be to my Minecraft lock?

I just built a lock for a door in Minecraft. The user has to pick the correct four colors out of twelve. Order doesn't matter. What is the probability of the user guessing the correct colors?
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When do trees grow in SMP servers?

SMP servers run continuously. Does that mean that trees (and cacti, and sugar canes, and crops) grow always, even when no one is online? or do they only grow if their chunks are loaded?
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Minecraft redstone circuit turns off all other circuits after any of them are turned on

What I'm trying to do is to get the momentary switches to activate the paths on the left of the RS NOR latches and when you activate one it deactivates all the other activated switches. The idea is ...
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Strange polygons appear in fullscreen

Another interesting Minecraft "feature" here. When I play from inside the browser and hit F11 for fullscreen, I get wildly moving polygons flashing across the entire screen: It doesn't affect ...
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Powered minecarts pushing paused carts

I've been attempting to get powered minecarts to push an empty minecart from a break in the track. ====R==W======== (R is for raised level & W is for wooden pressure plate) In the track above ...
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Do save games travel between the online and downloadable versions of Minecraft?

I've just started playing the download version of Minecraft in single player mode. I was wondering how the download and online versions interact in terms of save games. Does the online version store ...
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Can I set mobs aflame?

I am currently pondering how effective Flint and Steel would be as a weapon. I'm assuming that it has the same reach distance as a sword/axe, but this would only be useful if I could directly set a ...
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How can I play Minecraft in fullscreen mode in Linux?

How can I play Minecraft in fullscreen in Linux? On my system, I only get a windowed mode with a quarter of the screen size and the rest is black. I am using ArchLinux and the awesome awesome window ...
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Minecraft worlds regularly getting lost!

I am playing Minecraft on Ubuntu, running it with the following command (in a bash file) padsp java -Xms1024M -Xmx1024M -Djava.net.preferIPv4Stack=true -jar ...
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How do I kill zombies in Minecraft and not get hurt?

Is there a smart way of disposing zombies and not losing like 2-3-4-5 hearts in the process? No matter how far you are, they always seem to reach further than you can which sucks... :S zombies should ...
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Where can I obtain downloadable Minecraft sounds?

Does anyone know where one could obtain Minecraft sounds? Particulary - I need the creeper fuse/expl. sound, I'd like to put it as my cellphone ringtone to creep out my fellow Minecrafters. I guess ...
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Is the info in Minecraft Canary about a location that causes the most mobs to spawn still relevant?

In the Android app "Minecraft Canary" there is a whole bunch of game info, essentially a game guide. One of the pages says "A single location on the map has been discovered to cause the most mobs to ...
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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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Are sheep permanently dyed?

If you dye a sheep (say blue) and then shear it, when it regrows its wool, will it still be dyed (blue)?
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What is a good way to lure animals / mobs into big holes/traps?

It seems to me like the last few updates made animals/mobs smarter: they won't fall that easily into holes 2+ blocks deep. Maybe I'm mistaken, maybe not... Anyway, did anyone try to combine normal ...
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How does animal spawning work?

In what way do animals in Minecraft spawn? It looks to me that they spawn more during the night (but where there are torches) and more kind of around you / around some other human player. Am I right, ...
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How does McMyAdmin handle whitelists?

How does popular Minecraft server admin tool McMyAdmin handle whitelists? The Preferences tab lists the following options for Whitelist Mode: No whitelisting, Match any group, and Lockdown. And does ...
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Can I recover lost saves?

I just updated Minecraft Beta from 1.2_01 to 1.2_02 and my saves (I had only one world) seem lost. Is it possible try to recover it in some way?
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How can I play SMP when minecraft.net is down?

Since minecraft.net is down or at least badly reachable, is it possible to play multiplayer offline? I know I can log in as one "Player" with the server setting online-mode=false, but the second ...
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What really happens when you enter a portal in minecraft? (Or should I say, when you come back?)

In minecraft, I'm about to make a portal and enter the Nether, but I have a problem with this. Supposedly when you enter the Nether, you can be directly above lava. This is fixed by the game sending ...
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How can I get out of the lava without dying?

In Minecraft beta, I've just blundered into some deep lava and am on fire, but I hit escape to pause the game before I died. What can I do while the game is in this paused state to get out of the ...
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What do the values on the Minecraft debug screen represent?

If you hit F3 while playing Minecraft, an overlay appears. Some of the items, such as fps, x, y, and z are obvious, but I'm curious about some of the other values. What do they all represent?
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What weapon does the most damage in early game?

I just started playing Minecraft today and was unfortunately eaten alive by a horde of angry looking block spiders. What weapon does the most damage at the beginning game?
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How do I survive the first night outside?

I started playing Minecraft some days ago, and understood what to do the first week or 2 (in Minecraft time). Until now I strictly followed the day/night cycle. I went outside to get woods, porks and ...
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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 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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External Mods to locate specific blocks?

I'm looking for clay blocks, and they are quite hard to find. I know that I could simply edit my inventory and add more clay blocks, but that doesn't quite have the same "fun" factor as setting out in ...
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In my first game I spawned on a small island. What do I do next?

After seeing a huge interest here and in almost every PC gaming site, I decided to buy Minecraft Beta. In twitter and rss I heard something about zombie, ghosts, cakes, spiders, survive in the wild ...
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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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Minecraft is still crashing even after the 1.2_01 patch [closed]

Minecraft 1.2 came out earlier this week, and soon after was followed by another bugfix patch, putting us at 1.2_01. However, the game is still quite unstable for me: I am unable to go more than 10 ...
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How do you fix massive holes that appear in the ground?

This has happened in a couple of different places on my server. Does anyone have any idea what causes it to happen? Some facts about the phenomenon: other players on the server can't see them, ...
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How do we make our multiplayer spawn area less of a disaster zone?

My friends and I have a pretty fun multiplayer Minecraft world going, complete with a strip mine with an automated transit system and an enormous cobblestone pyramid. Everything is totally sweet... ...
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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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How can I keep monsters out of my nether regions?

In order to find myself some nice lapis lazuli and get away from my current base, I'm building a little tunnel in the Nether to allow me to get into the midst of some fresh chunks fairly quickly. I ...
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What's the point of white dye?

When you use Bone Meal as a dye on Wool, you just get Wool in return. Also, once Wool has been dyed another color, it cannot be dyed white again. What's the point of using Bone Meal if it doesn't ...
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What can I do to secure my towns/castles/hovels from climbing spiders?

So with the latest patch spiders can climb walls. What can we do to secure our towns/castles/hovels against these new mobile menaces? Does adding a lip to the wall work? Or is there some block they ...
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What happened to my trees?

What's the deal with trees in minecraft? Ever since the update they've been.. er... three-toned. Is this intentional behavior?
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What dyes are now available in Minecraft?

Notch just updated the game and reintroduced dyed blocks - in the form of wool + a specific dye. Apparently there's 15 new dyes, obtainable through various means - but I can't seem to find ...
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How do you craft a cake?

A Minecraft update is coming today with cake included. I know which ingredients are likely to be involved, but not how to place them. So, how do you craft cake?
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Minecraft mechanism to separate merged carts?

Is there any known mechanism to take two or more moving ‘stacked’/‘merged’ minecarts (occupying the same space) and separate them automatically? I have seen splits happen at T-junctions, but haven't ...
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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 ...