Alright, nevermind. If you read this post before I edited it, ignore what I typed before.
I didn't know how to get it to work, but after right-clicking I figured I could open it with the Java SE binary.
You may want to mention that in your first post. I honestly never had to open any Java application with SE Binary before, so how the hell was I supposed to figure that out? My compliments to everyone else here who did find out on their own....
Tried it for my seed and so far the first one didn't work however instead of getting me to a stronghold it lead me to one massive abandon mine network with a dungeon and so far #7 chests... so a stronghold would be nice to find but happy with this find. Moving onto the next option once i finish exploring this mine.
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Alright, this program IS a success. For my first stronghold it pointed me to (X -344, Z -696).
It was off for merely ~50 blocks.
Sadly enough, the stronghold itself was a bit of a hoax because it lured me in with it's awesomeness on the outside and didn't contain any chests on the inside. Not even a library. All I got was dead ends from a few stupid hallways. The loot in strongholds can be really sh1tty or even non-existant, so don't get too disappointed.
I'll try the other two later. I am playing in a 1.8 Beta world that may only have one stronghold, but I've never rendered far ingame - so chances are likely that I'll still be able to find all three strongholds.
For everyone else:
Just travel to the specified location and use something like MC Edit to skim the underground location for your stronghold. Hint: If you use an outdated version of MC Edit, the dungeon blocks will all be purple because their texture is not recognized, making it very easy to spot!
I was troubled by this, too. However, you need to right click on the file, click on "Open with..." and select "Java SE Binary" as the executable. If you need to manually find it, you'll want to pick Javaw.exe from the Java folder.
For most Windows users that file will be in the ".../Program files(X86)/Java/<pick your version>/bin" folder.
Once you get the thing to launch, you can just enter your seed and it will give you three coordinates to find in your game. It doesn't guarantee that strongholds WILL be there, but the chances are high for most seeds.
This is pretty awesome. the first stronghold I found was very close to the coords given, and was also part of an abandoned mineshaft, which was a neat treat. I am currently testing it on an smp server to see if it works there too
I did find first stronghold quite easy, but I had to use x-ray texture pack because entire stronghold was burried underground and there was no entrance. But I didn't find second and third. I even used mcedit to search map, still no luck. Could someone try my seed and search for it too??
generated coordinates of strongholds:
Stronghold #0: 8 -632 ---> I have found this one here 62 -567
Stronghold #1: 712 408 or 872 488 ---> Can't find stronghold, only huge abandoned mine with tons of monsters, spawners and chests
Stronghold #2: -664 408 ---> Same as above
For those of you who found a stronghold, how did you find it? Di you use like a texture pack, MCedit, xray, or what?
Nvm I found a stronghold Im so extatic! The first coordinate lead me to a big abandoned mine, the second to a place i've already built on, ut the third was in teh relative area of the last set of coordinates!!!