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.

Family friendly Youtuber tip

Sammy wrote:

Hi, I was looking through and saw the kid-friendly youtubers. My little sister watches most of them and I wanted to suggest another youtuber Aureylian. Aureylian hardly swears and she isn't the best at minecraft so kids can "grow" with her . She is a great youtuber I sometimes watch her too. Sethbling and Ihascupuake are great youtubers but kids that are older might want something more different. She does mostly minecraft.

That's all basically. Bye!

Answer:

Hey there, Sammy!

Thanks for giving me a heads up about Aureylian, I like finding new family-friendly Youtube channels so I'll check her out.

~Bec
 

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Downloading maps

Matt wrote:

How can my child download other players worlds to their ipad to play offline?

Answer:

Hi Matt

There are lots of YouTube videos that can show you exactly how to do this, what you want to Google is something like 'How To Download A Minecraft Map on Pocket Edition'. Here's an example.

Hope that helps!
~Bec

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Sharing worlds between devices

Maya wrote:

My son has Minecraft on xbox one and wants it on his computer.  If I buy the game on the PC, can he access the same world he's building on the xbox console? Thanks!

Answer:

Hi Maya

No he won't be able to access the same world that he's building on the console when he plays on the PC. They're written in different coding languages with different file formats, and aren't interchangeable. So he'll need to start over once he's on the PC version.

~Bec

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Troubleshooting Forge

Jackie wrote:

I think I may just be slow to learn but am having no success. I changed the profile to 1.7.10. Downloaded forge 1.7.10 and installed. Then tried to install some mods but still no success. I dragged them into the mods folder that Forge made in Minecraft folder but they’re not shown under the Mods menu.

If I change back the version to 1.8.1 will it just revert to the "vanilla" version? And do I have to change the profile from Forge back to default? Or will I have to use the back up minecraft file to restore things to as they were? Also , if I have to use that back up file (copy), how do I do this? Do I just drag the copy to the library / app folder and delete the other file?

Sorry for the many questions,  I would really like to get them a mod up and running but not quite there yet in spite of watching a few simple u tube tutorials and trying to work only through the reputable sites!

Answer:

Hi Jackie

Let me see if I can answer all those questions for you...

You did the right thing by dragging the mod into the mods folder, that should be all that you need to do. Then run Minecraft using the Forge profile and if the mod is working correctly it will show up under the Mods menu. If that's not happening then something has gone wrong, either with the mod file itself or it's not compatible with Forge or other mods that you have loaded.

If you play Minecraft under your regular profile then everything will go back to normal, the mod doesn't get installed in the same sense that other software does. It simply means putting the mod in a place where Minecraft can recognize and apply it. So using your regular profile back in version 1.8.1 will cause Minecraft to run in its vanilla unmodded state again. You won't need to use the backup.

But yes if you did ever want to restore the backup, you would do exactly as you say and move it back to the .minecraft folder to overwrite the existing file.

Here are the names of a few mods that are popular, that I'm currently using and can confirm that they downloaded okay and work well with at least Forge 1.7.2 on a Mac:

Animal Bikes
Bibliocraft
Oceancraft

Try those and see how you go. Let me know if you run into problems with them and I'll see if I can help.

~Bec

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Missing 'bin' folder

Tyler wrote:

What do I do if my .minecraft folder does not have bin as one of the folders?

Answer:

Hi Tyler

The newer versions of Minecraft don't create a bin folder, but that's not a problem. If you're looking for the jar, you can find it inside the /versions folder under the version number that you're playing with.

~Bec

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