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    posted a message on Backing up?
    Hey folks,

    I'm curious how often people back up their worlds, where they keep them and how many they keep?

    I was backing up daily and leaving it on my computer. Unfortunately, my hard disc died a sudden and gruesome death so I lost it all. Fortunately, I had transferred it to my laptop for the weekend.

    Now I'm backing up daily to a thumb drive. I ran into another problem though in that I was copying over my save file each time. I then realized that my game had been corrupted but I didn't know and backed up the corrupted version.

    I guess the solution is to keep multiple backups from different times (maybe keep a couple days) in case you find something has happened without knowing it. I could go back through the backups a day or two or whatever to find an ok version.

    How do other people handle backing up? With all the time I've dumped into my world and having computer issues, I've gotten more paranoid than ususal.
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    posted a message on Official Corrupted Save Recovery Thread
    Thanks Ritter!

    Very much appreciated!

    I had to laugh though. When I saw the corrupt chunk as a big empty hole, I watched a pig wander into it. I started bouncing all over and multiplying like crazy. When the chunk was repaired and I logged in, there were a lot and I mean a lot of pigs wandering around. Pork chops anyone? :)
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    posted a message on Official Corrupted Save Recovery Thread
    Hey Ritter,

    My backup file seems to have gotten corrupted and I saved it before I noticed it. Can you sort it out?

    https://www.dropbox.com/s/0esa0b7gqz2j052/New%20World.zip

    Thanks!
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    posted a message on Game slowing down
    Hey folks,

    Sorry if this is in the wrong spot on the forum.

    I had a blue screen of death this morning while playing and after the fps really dropped and stuff was lagging pretty badly (playing single player). I deleted Minecraft and redownloaded it and things seemed fine for a while.

    The problem I'm running into is that the game will run fine for a while (differing lengths of time) and then it starts slowing to an almost stop with very low fps and high memory usage. It will cycle quickly between decent fps and really low fps. I quit out and reload and it runs fine for a while but then it repeats. Any suggestions?

    Is my save file corrupted somehow?

    Thanks for your help!
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    posted a message on Lighting errors
    I had a similar problem in survival. I lit some forested areas on fire to clear them but was left with some light sources floating in midair. I asked on the boards about correcting it. The suggestion was made for force an update as well as placing a torch and picking it up to reset the lighting. Neither approach worked.

    The only thing that has worked for me was to painstakingly put blocks down to find the source. It has become sort of a holy crusade as well as a puzzle. Figuring out the best way to put up walls and see which side was getting light to narrow down the source has been a challenge. The novelty has since worn off but I'm finally getting close to the end.

    I've also had a couple areas with the lighting bug where I never had a fire though.

    It's a pain. I'll be interested to see if anyone has a different solution. There'll probably be an easy solution now that I'm about done doing it the hard way!
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    posted a message on How to build a mob-farm (without a mob-spawner)?
    I love the term "mob softener". Sounds like something you throw in the laundry when you're washing your mobs.
    Posted in: Survival Mode
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    posted a message on April Fools In Minecraft?
    I'd have voted for the opt out button too. It was fun for a while but then the novelty wore off.
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    posted a message on Random lighted areas
    Thanks for the tips, guys. Just FYI, I forced an update but the lighting continued. I'm pretty sure I forced it. Deleted the version file and relaunched the game. I also tried plopping a few torches in the area and picking them up but that didn't reset it.

    Looks like the only other thing to do is try to figure out which block is lit in each area and plop a block on it.

    Since the lit areas started with forest fires, am I right in assuming that the lit block could be above ground level just floating in air where the fire was or will it be on the ground only?
    Posted in: Survival Mode
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    posted a message on Random lighted areas
    Hey folks,

    I seem to have run into a lighting glitch and was wondering if anyone had any ideas. I had an area or two in untouched wilderness near my base that looked like they were lit at night by a torch except there wasn't a torch or lava or anything thing else that creates light.

    The problem got worse when I decided that cutting down a large number of trees was too tedious so I burned them down instead. Now I have various spots in the burn areas that are lit even though the fire is long gone.

    Any ideas of what's going on or how to turn out the lights? It's ruining the view from my base and driving down my resale value!

    Thanks
    Posted in: Survival Mode
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    posted a message on Terraforming advice
    Hey 123,

    I'm doing a combination. Knocking down mountains in one area and on another project I'm making a flat space for a city and at the same time adding a sea on one side and mountains on the other.

    The sea and mountain may end up looking line a Hollywood prop that looks good from just one direction and is flat on others :).

    Thanks for the tip on the beacons, Fields. I didn't realize those could be helpful but see that now after reading up on them.

    Thanks for the help!
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    posted a message on Terraforming advice
    Hey folks,

    I was wondering if anyone had any advice on efficient ways to terraform in survival. I decided to build a full sized medieval monastery in a valley. Looked like there was plenty of room when I started but not when I finished so the mountains need to be cut down and I've been chipping away at them (literally and figuratively). The next project is a castle and fortified town on a seaside based on one in Wales. Unfortunately, I don't have a seaside or area suitable for the project nearby so I've started flattening an area and plan to make a sea for a least a ways next to it.

    Question is how best approach the terraforming. I'm a glutton for punishment and want to stay out of creative mode. Also, I'm on a single person world that is totally vanilla.

    I have a set of tools with decent enchantments and a large farm where I manually raise and slaughter animals for experience to repair the tools. Otherwise I just sort of alternate between the two projects and getting exp at the farm. Every once in a while, I get enough gunpowder from the random creepers who pass by to make some TNT.

    Any advice would be appreciated!
    Posted in: Survival Mode
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    posted a message on Enchantment strategy
    Hey folks,

    This thread has been a big help. Thanks for information. Putting in 30 levels in one shot and hoping for good enchants reminds me too much of playing a slot machine.

    My question is once you have an item you like enchanted through the combination of low level books, what do you do when it wears out? Is it more efficient to name it and repair it or create a new one using the low level combination method?
    Posted in: Survival Mode
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    posted a message on Getting villagers to trade with
    Hey folks,

    I wanted to see if there are any ideas for getting a good mix of villager types to trade with. I set up one village which had a good mix of the different professions and traded with them to unlock their trades. Unfortunately, I later noticed they had a disturbing habit of occassionally wandering outside the walls and getting stuck and then eaten.

    I set up shop at another village but even after putting in many doors, I'm have almost all farmers and butchers. Do I just keep adding doors?

    I felt really sorry for them but I arranged a few "friendly fire" accidents for some of the farmers hoping that another villager with a different class would spawn. Does this work? Is there any penalty for killing villagers (other than making sure a golem isn't anywhere around to launch me over the village walls... learned that the hard way.... had a pretty impressive hang time though!)

    Thanks for your help,
    Bob
    Posted in: Survival Mode
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    posted a message on Official Corrupted Save Recovery Thread
    Ritter,

    You are a gentleman and a scholar! I can't say thanks enough! You totally made my weekend!

    Thanks so much!
    Bob
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    posted a message on Official Corrupted Save Recovery Thread
    Hey folks,

    I think I also have a corrupt save file. My machine crashed. After some struggles, I got Minecraft back up and my save finally seemed to work so I merrily hopped in a minecart and headed off. I rapidly approached a dark spot in the terrain and thought it would render when I got closer but nope. I plunged into a void and am stuck there now.

    I have a save but it's two weeks old and have done a lot of work since then. If anyone could help uncorrupt it, I would be very grateful. Definitely learned my lesson and will backup more frequently.

    Thanks so much!

    http://www.mediafire.com/download/wzwtai28wyaq2fw/NewZip.zip
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