Minecraft Guide (PC)
As you know I love Minecraft (Check out the review here) but there are a lot of things you can do to the game to make it better.
- Assigning more memory to Minecraft.
- Minecraft mods
- Texture packs
The first one is that with by default windows only assigns a small about of RAM to Minecraft. To increase this you will need to do the following:
What are you running now?
You need to know if you are running a 64 bit or 32 bit windows. You can check it by following these steps:
1) Press Start -> Settings -> Control Panel
2) Double click on System
This opens a window like this:
Check the memory (RAM) being used and the system type. You will need it for later!
I know how much memory (RAM) is being used and my system type
Good job! Now follow these steps:
1) Open a .txt file on your desktop by right clicking on your desktop -> New -> Text Document
2) Open the txt file to edit it.
3) Depending on how many RAM you have you copy the following into the Text Document:
Warning do NOT allocate more then you have on Memory (RAM)!
I want to allocate 2GB RAM
javaw -Xmx2048m -Xms1024m -jar “C:\<your minecraft directory\Minecraft.exe”
I want to allocate 3GB RAM
javaw -Xmx3072m -Xms1536m -jar “C:\<your minecraft directory\Minecraft.exe”
I want to allocate 4GB RAM
javaw -Xmx4096m -Xms2048m -jar “C:\<your minecraft directory\Minecraft.exe”
I want to allocate 5GB RAM
javaw -Xmx5120m -Xms2560m -jar “C:\<your minecraft directory\Minecraft.exe”
I want to allocate 6GB RAM
javaw -Xmx6144m -Xms3072m -jar “C:\<your minecraft directory\Minecraft.exe”
I want to allocate 7GB RAM
javaw -Xmx7168m -Xms3584m -jar “C:\<your minecraft directory\Minecraft.exe”
I want to allocate 8GB RAM
javaw -Xmx8192m -Xms4096m -jar “C:\<your minecraft directory\Minecraft.exe”
Example: I want to use 3GB of RAM for my Minecraft cause my computer has 4GB of RAM and I like to have background programs running. I’m using this exact string (see that I filled in my Minecraft directory !)
javaw -Xmx3072m -Xms1536m -jar “C:\Users\Sonny\Desktop\Games\Minecraft.exe”
4) In Notepad you can now click File -> Save As…-> and change the .txt to .bat
5) Soon as you did that you double click the .bat file and voila Minecraft will run with more allocated memory
Windows 64 bit:
Don’t give up yet ! It didn’t work because you do not have (the correct version of) Java installed. You can download the correct version of Java at:http://java.com/en/download/manual.jsp
Don’t worry you can have 64-bit and 32-bit version of Java installed at the same time.
Windows 7 (any version)
You copied everything to the txt file but the first X’s are small x’s. Make sure your -Xmx####m and -Xms####m are upper-cased.
What does Xmx and Xms mean?
Xmx is maximum memory allocated
Xms is initial memory allocated
Your Xmx will never be reached (max is around 1024mb, before dump) and your Xms is the ammount being available for direct usage.
- What are the best mods for Minecraft.
In my own opinion i would not bother installing mods etc… I would just keep it quick and simple and download the Techhnic launcher. This is basically a compilation of the best mods from all over the know Minecraft universe. You can set via a simple text file which mods you want. You can assign the game more ram with a simple click of a button. All in all this is a lot easier way of playing minecraft to its full potential.