Bec's Mailbag

I get a lot of mail here at MineMum. The most common questions end up in the FAQ, but from time to time I share some of the longer, fiddly or more unique ones here for readers who are tackling the same kinds of issues. So behold, I give you... the Mailbag!

If you have a Minecraft question or issue you’d like help with, head on over to the contact form or holler at me on Twitter @becoakley.

Just-in-case disclaimer: I am not affiliated with Mojang in any way and none of these responses constitute any kind of professional advice. I'm just a parent who likes Minecraft.

Missing roaming files

Alison wrote:

There are no roaming files on my PC. I’m hating this because he wants mods and I cant find any files anywhere to save. I hate programming and feeling dragged into something I cant possible manage. My son  is only 8. There is no file path app data .. I have spent hours looking. It must be hidden.

Answer:

Hi Alison

I totally understand how frustrating it can be!

Check that you can see hidden files. It's a setting in the control panel, in Windows 7 you find it under Appearance and Personalization > Folder Options > View tab > Advanced settings ... then click Show hidden files and folders.

If that doesn’t help, let me know and I'll see if I can figure it out for you.

~Bec

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Missing mods menu option

Kim wrote:

Thanks for replying so quickly! I did install 1.7.10 and went through the steps listed on your website. Everything seems good until I click in the drop down user profile menu and click on Forge, then click play. Minecraft then launches, but I don't see 'mods' anywhere. Not sure where I have gone wrong! Thanks again for any assistance you can give.

Answer:

Forge 1.7.10 is a bit buggy for some people. Here's what I'd suggest you could try:

  • Try an earlier version of Forge - delete the one you have and start over with a different version
  • Check the Forge user forum to see what others have tried
  • Forget about Forge altogether and install mods the original way (the second half of the installing mods article will tell you how)

The other thing to check if you’re not getting the Mods menu is that the mod you've downloaded is compatible with Forge (not all of them are), and is made for the version of Forge that you downloaded. It should tell you all of that where you downloaded the mod file. So if you've installed Forge 1.7.10, then any mod you want to play needs to be compatible with that version.

Good luck!
~Bec

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Benefits of getting full PC version

Ronni wrote:

This site is great, but I am still unsure as to why my child needs an account.  He currently plays on both xbox and iPad but tells me I need to buy him a $30 account for him to access better gameplay.  But I can't find a straight answer as to what the money gets him over what he already has. I hope you can help answer this? Thanks.

Answer:

Hi Ronni

The $30 version of Minecraft is the computer version. It has a few more things than the Xbox and iPad versions, but the main difference is that players can apply mods and resource packs to change the game and add new stuff, which is probably why your son wants it.

If he wants to keep playing the iPad or Xbox version then he doesn't need to pay any extra for anything.

~Bec

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Parents don't like Hunger Games servers

Shana wrote:

Hi I'm only 12 and I was wondering how to tell my mom hunger games is safe. How can I get her to let me play it? I want to do youtubing so I kinda need to play games like that.

Answer:

Hi Shana!

A lot of kids write to me to ask exactly that same kind of question, so you’re not alone. Every parent has their own set of rules for what they think is safe though, so it's a bit tricky to answer.

Have you asked your mum what her reasons are for not letting you play? It might help if you sit down together and show her some YouTube videos of other people playing it, so she can see exactly what's involved for herself and decide whether it seems okay for you to play.

You can also get her to read up on the MineMum site to learn a bit more about what Minecraft is all about, or she can email me to talk about it too.

~Bec

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Single player worlds

Anna wrote:

Hi. I have a window 8 and I found some world that was cops and robbers and I really wanted to play but it was only single player. I really wanted to play with other people and I found your .com. I hope you can help. My whole family tried but didn't work.

Answer:

Hi Anna

Most worlds should be able to be played in multiplayer if you open the game to LAN or put the world on a server. As you've found though, some that are intended for single player use can be a bit buggy when played in multiplayer mode.

There's really not a lot you can do to fix that since that was the way they were intended to be played, the problem is in the way the puzzles or activities were built and the world was set up. It sounds like possibly the cops and robbers one you found is one of those.

So you can either play it in multiplayer and work around the bugs, play it by yourself or look for another similar one that works as a multiplayer (there should be quite a few other cops and robbers type ones out there).

Good luck!
~Bec

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Installing Forge

Amanda wrote:

I don’t understand what I’m supposed to do when I select Forge from the profiles menu! Where is it? And then what happens next? This mods stuff is driving me crazy.

Answer:

Hi Amanda!

I know it can be frustrating. What it means is that when you launch Minecraft there’s a drop-down menu called Profiles. If Forge has installed correctly, then there will be an option in that menu list called Forge.

So basically what you need to do is:

  • Download Forge
  • Double-click to open it and then click 'install client'
  • Run Minecraft
  • Select 'Forge' from the profiles menu on the left
  • Click play and check that you have a menu option called Mods
  • Exit Minecraft
  • Download the mods you want (making sure they're compatible with the Forge version you installed)
  • Copy the zip file of the mod into the mods folder that Forge created in your /minecraft folder
  • Run Minecraft, select the Forge profile, click play and you should see the mods listed under the Mods menu option

There are more details in the article Parent’s Guide To Installing Mods, and please feel free to write back as many times as you need and I'll see if I can help.

~Bec

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Number of players on console

Tracy wrote:

How many players can play when playing on a console?  if I have 5 kids who want to play each other is it best that everyone has their own device and use my Wifi?

Answer:

Hi Tracy

Up to four players can play Minecraft at one time on the console, because there's a limit of four controllers. For five kids that want to play together, your best option is to get either the pocket or computer editions and everyone can join the world over wifi - and yes, each kid will need their own device.

Also you can look into Realms, which is an easy way to host a server so that lots of people can play at one time on the same world without needing to be in the same house. It's run by Minecraft and costs about $13 a month.

Hope that helps!
~Bec
 

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Loading Minecraft on new computer

Michelle wrote:

Hi Bec,

Thanks you have been super to work with while guiding me through all of my issues with getting mods to work. Now I'm looking to get a new computer, any suggestions on CPU, Memory and Video cards? My computer is 4-5 years old, and I don't think is sufficient for running Minecraft.

Also, when I get the new computer, how do I copy all the Minecraft software over.  I really don't want to have to pay for it again.

Answer:

Hi Michelle, it's really no problem at all. For the new computer, this is a handy set of minimum and recommended requirements at the Minecraft Support website.

When you're ready to download Minecraft again, you can just log in to your Mojang account (where you got the file the first time) and download it again. There's no limit to how many times you can download the file.

Good luck!
~Bec

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More Forge troubleshooting

Danny wrote:

I just can’t seem to get Forge to work at all. I’ve tried everything I can think of, I’m running 1.7.10.

Answer:

Hi Danny

That version of Forge does seem to cause problems for some people. Here are a few more things you can try if you haven’t already:

  • Delete the Forge version that you downloaded and download the one marked 'Universal' instead. Don't install it yet.
  • Reinstall Minecraft. Make a backup by copying your .minecraft folder to the desktop, then delete the whole .minecraft folder (the original one, not the one you put on the desktop). Launch Minecraft and select your regular profile (not the Forge one) and click Play ... Minecraft will redownload itself.
  • Install Forge and start again with the Forge profile step.

If that didn't work...
The graphics cards in some computers don't work well with the 1.7.10 version of Forge. Try an earlier version and see if you can get that working.

Hope you get it working!
~Bec
 

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Getting lost in creative mode

Audrey wrote:

My son has lost the football field he spent a long time making in creative. Is there a way for him to find it again?

Answer:

Hi Audrey

That's awful when that happens! Unfortunately there's no easy way to find it again, but here's a few things that he can try:

  • Respawn into the game (this helps if he built it near the spawn point). To do this hit / to bring up the command line, then type /kill to exit the game and start again
  • Fly around to see it from the air
  • Make maps of the area he's in as he moves around - if the football field is large enough it will show up on a map, and he might recognize some other landmarks that were nearby

Good luck!
~Bec
 

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