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Why don't any of the controls work on my mac? Once I load minecraft I can't do anything outside of the game because it locks my cursor (and yes I tried pressing escape). The only way I got out of it was to manually shut down my computer. I was using safari on OS 10.6.1 if that helps

- Unknown

"Q: What are the spawnable avatars (called a mob) in single player mode for?"

Does this need to be updated to reflect new updates?

- Zaneo

A couple questions for you guys

1. If one account bought Alpha, will other accounts that haven't bought it be able to log in and play on the computer that downloaded Alpha?
2. If two computers are sharing an account at the same time, will they be able to play multiplayer together?
Might have a couple more, please answer. Jax-Kenobi 16:33, 6 December 2010 (UTC)

--Kizzycocoa 11:49, 6 December 2010 (CST)
Alright, thanks for the rapid response. Jax-Kenobi 11:50, 6 December 2010 (CST)
no problem. just doin' my job :P --Kizzycocoa 17:53, 6 December 2010 (UTC)

FAQ proposal: anaglyph

I think it bears mentioning that Anaglyph Minecraft needs red-blue and not the more common (and superficially similar) red-cyan glasses. It's mentioned in passing on the Survival page that anaglyph is included but I don't think many people would come across the info if I put it there. Any objections? Sockatume 13:35, 3 January 2011 (UTC)

I use red-cyan and works perfect.. Does minecraft realy needs red-blue? Chrunchstick 14:54, 29 March 2011 (UTC)
I have both kinds. I get afterimages through the cyan lens, but not through a blue one.Sockatume 12:32, 2 April 2011 (UTC)


I read up on it in the FAQ already because something happened to my game, not bad, but i would like to know if it is reversible... and WHY it happened?

Long story short, I launched the game one day, and my character.. is a creeper, in skin anyways. i don't blow up (thank god) but I have no idea why, or how this came to be.


Sign your post please.
This is likely due to a skin being uploaded through Check your account, and if necessary re-upload the default (or your favorite custom) skin. Darkid 20:27, 25 April 2011 (UTC)

Minecraft Update 1.8

The Minecraft update 1.8 has made me unable to play Minecraft (In Browser Mode and Download). It keeps on showing me this:

     Bad video card drivers!      

Minecraft was unable to start because it failed to find an accelerated OpenGL mode. This can usually be fixed by updating the video card drivers.

--- BEGIN ERROR REPORT 7fe0271 -------- Generated 18/09/11 5:06 PM

Minecraft: Minecraft Beta 1.8.1 OS: Windows XP (x86) version 5.1 Java: 1.6.0_26, Sun Microsystems Inc. VM: Java HotSpot(TM) Client VM (mixed mode), Sun Microsystems Inc. LWJGL: 2.4.2 [failed to get system properties (java.lang.NullPointerException)]

org.lwjgl.LWJGLException: Pixel format not accelerated at org.lwjgl.opengl.WindowsPeerInfo.nChoosePixelFormat(Native Method) at org.lwjgl.opengl.WindowsPeerInfo.choosePixelFormat( at org.lwjgl.opengl.WindowsDisplay.createWindow( at org.lwjgl.opengl.Display.createWindow( at org.lwjgl.opengl.Display.create( at org.lwjgl.opengl.Display.create( at org.lwjgl.opengl.Display.create( at net.minecraft.client.Minecraft.a(SourceFile:233) at at Source) --- END ERROR REPORT 52a868f ----------

I don't know how to fix it. Please Help!!!

"This can usually be fixed by updating the video card drivers." - Apollyna (T|C) 16:40, 3 October 2011 (UTC)

I have the same problem but my video drivers (at least I think it's video drivers) are updated

yes im also having the same problems and i am not computer smart as some might be and i have no ideal what it means can someone please explain cause if not then i have wasted almost 30 bucks on a game that i can not play Jessica

I have the same problem. My graphics card is updated and i still get that message. I now have nothing to play Minecraft on and I don't want to have wasted $30. Any help?--Mudssun 01:40, 15 July 2012 (UTC)

How do you activate a Nether portal?

How do you activate a nether portal?

  I have been trying to activate one,but I don't know how to activate it. I know I have to make a frame,but I don't know how to activate it. I am sort of new to the game,I've played for about... 5 days now.I guess I am really into it.So I don't really know how to activate one.

you use a flint and a piece of iron to make a flint and steel then you set the inside of the portal on fire and it acctivates it. hope that helped!! Jessica



What can i do

I cant`t see my minecraft skin and i tried to reinstall minecraft but it gives me an error that says :Fatal error occured (4):

Ocelot Taming Bug

I noticed that on version 1.2.5 you could tame ocelots into cats using raw fish. But now it would not turn into a cat anymore on 1.3.2. Can you please fix this bug by version 1.4, I wold really appreciate it.

what on earth is server adress on multiplay PLEASE HELP

please i really wanna play with someone else

The server address is the IP address where a server is being hosted, such as for a local server, for a LAN world, and such. A server IP can be any numbers, or even letters and can be on any port. example of server IP's would be something like "" or "" to find a server to play on, try doing a search in your browser for "minecraft multiplayer servers without a whitelist" More information on multiplayer can be found at this page JNRM3 15:56, 27 February 2013 (UTC)