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.

Forge for version 1.8

Tony wrote:

I can’t find any mods or a Forge version for 1.8.

Answer:

Hi Tony

You're right, it can take a while for Forge and mods to be updated to newer releases. You can play Minecraft in a previous version though, by using the profile menu to the left on the startup screen. There are instructions in the article How To Set Up A Version Profile that should help.

The main thing is to match the version of the mod to the version that Forge is built to run in. So for example if you download the Forge version for 1.7.10, make sure that any mods you want to run are compatible with 1.7.10.

~Bec

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Blocking access

Tamara wrote:

How do I prevent my 12 yo son from playing Minecraft for one month? Pls help!!! Thanks

Answer:

Hi Tamara

I'm guessing that you want to prevent access to Minecraft for one month as some kind of punishment, and then you'll want to resume access after that? That's a bit tricky, and it depends on which platform you're using. For the PC/Computer version, the best way to do it is to delete Minecraft from his computer and then change the password on your Minecraft/Mojang account (the place where you first downloaded it) so that he can't redownload a new copy.

Hope that helps,
~Bec
 

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Exploring other worlds

Heather wrote:

We are wondering how my child can explore other peoples' worlds? Are there ones you could suggest? We don't have anyone's worlds in mind and we've searched our network and there isn't anyone with a world to explore. We understand she might need to build a portal. She is used to making her own world on handheld devices only. She wants to look around other worlds, but she isn't used to defending herself. She likes it if I let her to watch youtube videos of other peoples' worlds.

Thank you for your time.  Sorry for all the rant.  I'm trying to help but I'm pretty awful at this.

Answer:

Hi Heather!

To explore other people's worlds in Minecraft you have a couple of options.

She can join a multiplayer server where many players are playing at the same time in a single world (so she can see what other people are building and build things together with them). Some of these servers will be survival situations where she will be expected to defend herself, so you'll need to hunt around to find a family-friendly creative server.

You can also download worlds that users have created for other players to play in by themselves. These are called maps, and it's like taking a copy of someone else's world (where they've built things for you to see and do, or challenges to undertake) and then playing it by yourself on your computer. There are lots that you can download and play around in, you can try this website to find some (note that not all will be child friendly).

I hope this has helped, I know how difficult it can be to understand what's going on so please feel free to ask as many questions as you need :)

~Bec

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Fees and system requirements

Lora wrote:

1) My computer is really old and very full, how much space will Minecraft
take up in my computer ?
2) What graphics chips are best ?
3) My computer is a early model vista and it runs slow so will Minecraft even
be able to run in general ?
4) Will I have to pay monthly/weekly/etc for online ?
5) Will I get a icon on my desktop or do I have to be online to play ?

P.S. Sorry I am very computer challenged and need a lot of help. Thank you for any and all help.

Answer:

Hi Lora

There's a helpful page at Minecraft Support that lists the recommended and minimum system requirements to play Minecraft.

You don't need to pay any monthly subscription fees to play regular Minecraft. If you want to play on a multiplayer server, that may incur fees - each server is run by someone different and they have different payment policies. But a single person playing Minecraft on their computer by themselves (or with other players in their own house) will never need to pay any ongoing monthly fees. Once you've purchased Minecraft, all future updates will also be free.

No you don't need to be online to play. You will get an icon on your desktop and if your computer is connected to the internet, Minecraft will check for updates as it loads. But it doesn't need you to have an internet connection unless you want to play with other players in a multiplayer game.

I hope this has cleared up a few things for you. I know that it can be difficult to understand sometimes, so please feel free to write anytime with questions!

~Bec

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Uninstalling Minecraft

Andrea wrote:

Hi! I actually have two questions - the first one is, if a player is stuck in a Redstone Trap, how does he get out without breaking blocks?

Second question - how do i fully uninstall MC on a PC?  My sons command / key doesn't work neither does his chat... so I thought if I could delete and reinstall he'd have those features back.

Thank you for your help - we use minecraft for homeschool so any help is greatly appreciated!!

Answer:

Hi Andrea!

Escaping a redstone trap without breaking blocks is usually next to impossible, but it depends on how it's been set up. One way to get out is to force a respawn (by typing /kill).

It's strange that just the command key isn't working, maybe the / key is sticky or stuck on his keyboard? If you want to reinstall Minecraft, here’s an article that will help.

Hope that works, if not then feel free to fire more questions at me. I love that you're using Minecraft for homeschool, we do too and use it a lot!

~Bec

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Playing on same server with different devices

Angie wrote:

Can children who play together on same server in different locations also play together on different devices. I.E. one child on a computer and one on an xbox1?

Answer:

Hi Angie

Players can't connect to the same server on a computer and XBox because those devices run different versions of the game.

Hope that answered your question!
~Bec

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New mods made Forge crash

Anthony wrote:

So I installed Forge and had everything working properly, until I just tried to load some new mods and everything has crashed. I have no idea what’s gone wrong?

Answer:

My guess is that one of the mods you're trying isn't compatible with either Forge or the other mods (or the versions are clashing).

  • Remove the additional mods that you downloaded to restore it to the last point when it was working.
  • Run Minecraft again to check if it's working.
  • If so, add the mods one by one and test Minecraft each time.
  • When you hit the one that makes Minecraft stop working, delete that mod.

Not all mods are compatible with Forge, and many mods clash with each other. So you have to be careful which mods you have running at the same time or they'll crash Minecraft.

One of the ways I get around this is to have separate folders within the mods folder where I park the various mods. Basically anything that's in the /mods folder is currently being used by Minecraft, but if you create a subfolder off that (so say /mods/parked), you can put mods in there and they won't be currently accessed by Minecraft. Then when I want to play with a particular set of mods (that I've already ascertained are compatible with each other), I just move those mods out of the parked folder and into the regular mods folder.

The main thing to remember is that mods can clash with each other, so load them one at a time and test if Minecraft still runs.

Hope that makes sense!
~Bec

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Problems with Forge 1.7.10

Jessica wrote:

Please help, I’m having so much trouble getting Forge to work. I don’t know what I’m doing wrong. I’m trying version 10.12.2.1147, I downloaded the version that said it was for Universal and clicked install client.

Answer:

Hi Jessica

I've heard a lot of people having trouble with Forge 1.7.10 so it might just be that it's buggy. Sounds like you're doing all the right things. I would suggest deleting that version and trying the one on the Forge site that's called 'Forge 1.7.10 - Recommended' (the one you have is 1.7.10 - Latest).

If that doesn't work, try the one that says it's for Windows rather than the Universal one.

~Bec

Jessica wrote:

That worked, thanks so much!

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Bandwidth Usage

Jan wrote:

Does playing mine craft use much bandwidth while playing? We only allow about an hr or 2 a day for multiplaying, but it can eat up a lot of usage. Just asking.

Answer:

Hi Jan

Yes Minecraft can use quite a bit of bandwidth, but the amount used depends on a lot of different factors such as how much the player moves around, how many other players there are and what game mode they're playing in. But as a rough idea, it can be somewhere in the order of 100Mb an hour.

~Bec

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Forge for version 1.8

Jackie wrote:

Hi!

I want to get some mods for my boys (11 and 13 years). Newish to the game. Mineforge though is not available for 1.8 version and also the mods that look enticing / are popular are not for our version (1.8)! What do you advise? One is playing on pc (windows), the other playing om my mac air. I am trying but not terrible computer literate myself.

Answer:

Hi Jackie

You're right about there not being many mods for version 1.8 yet. That's because it takes a while for the people who make mods to update their code for new versions, most are just making mods in their spare time so it will depend on when they get time to do it. Many might never update the mod from a previous version.

But there's no problem, you can play Minecraft in any version you like, by selecting the version each time you play. This article explains how to do that... How To Set Up A Version Profile.

So what you'll want to do is check which version the mods you'd like to play with are built to run on, and then download and install that version of Forge. When you want to play with those mods, run that older version of Minecraft. Just be aware that it does mean that any of the newer things in version 1.8 won't be available while playing with those mods.

Good luck!
~Bec

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