Setting up a MoonQuest Server

To the Moon! That’s where every Minecraft player should go. The Yogscast have been releasing a series of videos where Simon, Lewis and Duncan try to fly to the Moon and to Mars (Watch it HerePlease note that I am not involved with the Yogscast, I am simply writing a tutorial about settings up a Minecraft Server so that you can play the same game). So with the Unofficial release of a Mod Pack that allows users to fly around the solar system in their own space craft, you may just want to put it on a standalone server.

For this tutorial, we will assume that you have a server that you know is capable of running a Minecraft environment. If you haven’t then you have to options, re-purpose and old/set up a computer to work as the server or rent a dedicated server from a Game server provider such as Host Horde (Who we use for this tutorial). Now lets set up a server:

  1. The first thing that you need to do is download the Launcher and mod pack. For this we will use the ATL Launcher as it has built in support for the mod pack.
    1. Go to the ATL Launcher websites Download Page
    2. Download the correct version of the launcher (ie, Windows, Mac or Linux)
    3. If the File is in your downloads folder, move it into it’s own empty folder
    4. Run the file to install the ATL Launcher
  2. Set up the ATL Launcher to work with MoonQuest
    1. Go to the Account Tab and Login with your Minecraft/Mojang account
    2. Go to the Packs Tab and scroll down until you find MoonQuest
    3. Click ‘New Instance’ and follow to on-screen instruction, for our Installation we did not enable any extra Mods however it is possible to enable some and it not cause any problems
    4. Follow the Instructions to set up the Instance, you may have to download some mods from the Internet (ATL will open the download page automatically). Just save them in one of the locations listed and you will be ok.
  3. Go back to the Packs Tab and click ‘Create Server’ under the MoonQuest Pack Info, use the recommended install.

Now you have the files you need to run MoonQuest and the files that you need to run the server. We now need to edit the server files so that they will work correctly.

  1. Go to the server files
  2. Run the appropriate start script (Bat file for windows, sh file for others)
  3. Wait for the server to finish creating files and then stop the server (Close the terminal)
  4. Now you can delete the Following Files
    • LaunchServer.bat (Do not delete if running on your own computer without a Control Interface)
    • LaunchServer.sh (Do not delete if running on your own computer without a Control Interface)
    • forge-1.6.4-9.11.1.953.jar
    • server.log
    • server.log.lck
    • CustomRecipes.log
    • ForgeModLoader-server-0.log
    • ForgeModLoader-server-0.log.lck
    • NBTEdit.log
    • NBTEdit.log.lck
  5. Now we need to replace one of the files that we just deleted, if you don’t you will run into a problem with some of the Games ID’s when connecting to the server.
    1. Go to the Forge Download Page
    2. Download the latest universal version of Forge for Minecraft 1.6.4 (We are using version 9.11.1.965)
    3. Place the newly downloaded file into the root of the server files
  6. Now you need to prepare the files to be transfered to the server. Some hosts require that the files be in a certain location, so now is the time to make these changes.
    • If you are using Host Horde, move the following files to a new folder called jar
      • minecraft_server.1.6.4.jar
      • The forge Universal that you have downloaded
      • The folder called libraries
  7. Now you can connect to your server via FTP and upload all of the files as they are to the server
  8. Finally, change the jar name in your server’s control panel to match the Forge Universal (If you are using your own computer without an interface then use the LaunchServer File) and click Start
  9. Now you can connect to the server as you would any other server

That’s all there is to it. You can now connect to the server as you would any other server and play with others.

How to make the Eclipse IDE portable (Installing Java)

The Eclipse IDE is a great tool for development. It will also work from a USB stick, as long as you have Java, however, some computers may not or may be set up wrong (For example, no PATH Variable). Therefore, it can be useful to install Java directly onto the memory stick so that you can take it with you. Before starting this tutorial, you will need to have already installed Java on a computer, if you haven’t you will need access to a computer with Java installed on it. You should also be aware that it may be breaking IT Policy for some organisations to use portable software.

To begin, ensure that you have installed Java on your home computer (You should have installed the Java Development Kit on your computer to use Eclipse fully).. Now you can follow the steps below :

  1. Download a copy of the Eclipse IDE if you haven’t done so yet, and unzip the files to location of your choosing, it should however be on a removable device (Such as a USB Device).
  2. Now we can install Java onto the USB Drive, to beign, find where Java is installed on your computer. This is usually something like “C:\Program Files\Java\jdk1.7.0_51″ however, the final folder “jdk1.7.0_51″ will change with time as this is the version number. In this folder is the files for Java Development and the Runtime Environment. Select all of the files and copy them.
  3. Go to the USB drive and folder where you have installed Eclipse, noe create the folder “jre” and paste all of the files and folders from the Computers Java install into here.

That’s all there is to it! Your Eclipse should now open and allow you to run it from any computer.

Fixing Google Chrome sync problems

Google Chrome has a built in sync function that allows your browser to stay up-to-date across multiple computers and platforms. This is extremely useful however, sometimes it can encounter problems. So here is how I fixed a problem whereby everything was synced except the bookmarks that were in a folder. This meant that if the bookmarks had been organised they wouldn’t show up.

A lot of the suggestions revolved around installing more software from a third-party to do the same job as Chrome’s sync. Whilst this may be useful if you run into these problems alot, it isn’t a great answer for someone (Like myself) has been using Chrome’s sync for year with out problems.

So, first thing to do is to ensure that you are not only logged into Chrome, but you are also in the correct account. If this doesn’t work then follow the steps below (Please note that this worked for me however results may vary and I’m not responsible if you loose any data):

  1. Disable Bookmark syncing on the machine that is having the problem. To do this:
    1. Go to the Setting and Control menu (Chrome Control Button)
    2. Select Settings in the menu
    3. At the top, click “Advanced Sync Settings…”
    4. Untick the Bookmarks item (Chrome Unticked Bookmarks)
    5. Update the settings by Clicking “OK”
  2. Now we need to remove all of the Sync data that Google has from your Chrome client. To do this:
    1. Go to https://www.google.com/settings/chrome/sync
    2. Ensure that you are logged into Google with the same account that you are using for the chrome sync.
    3. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click “Stop and Clear” (). This will remove all of the data that Google has, however it may take a few minuets, you will need to wait for it to finish.
  3. Re enable Chrome Bookmarking Sync on the machine that has been having problems. To do this, follow the steps above ensuring that Bookmarks is ticked this time.

ComputerCraft Reboot Nil error Fix for Tekkit Servers

In the wonderful world of Tekkit Servers, not all is as it seems. Unfortunately, for some reason, the ComputerCraft reboot command simply comes back with the line:

reboot :3: attempt to call nil

Now, why there is most likely an excellent reason to have this disabled, sometimes you may simply want or need it for whatever you are doing. So, it’s time that we disabled this pesky little bug. However, please be aware that this may have adverse effects on your server and gaming experience and that I am not responsible.

Firstly, I will assume that you have access to the server files, if you don’t, well, your out of luck. So you need to get to the server files (In a large number of cases this will be via FTP however, if the server is installed locally, then you may simply use the normal file browser.

You need to go to:

/mods/ComputerCraft/lua

This is where the files for Computer craft are and most importantly, the file “bios.lua“. In this file, is the line that we need to remove so open it up in your favorite plain text word editor (Please DO NOT use Microsoft Word or similar programs).

At the top of the file, you will see the line:

os.reboot = nil

Simply delete this line and bring the next line of text to the top. That’s all there is to it. If you happen to know why this is disabled by default then could you please let me know in the comments bellow?

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