JohnSmith Texture Pack for Minecraft 1.4.7

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JohnSmith Texture Pack 1.4.7 – This is one of my favorite texture packs for minecraft, and one of the most downloaded, the textures are only 32×32 but they look absolutely amazing.

I’d like to say a special thanks to JohnSmith27 for creating this amazing texture pack and releasing it for us all to enjoy, thanks again mr smith!


You will need the latest MCPatcher to fix the bugs caused by the HD textures.

Step 1. Download the latest version of MCPatcher here.

Step 2. Download the JohnSmith texture package.

Step 3. Copy the zip file you have just downloaded, to your texturepacks folder in your minecraft directory.

Step 4. Run the MCPatcher HD and click patch.

Step 5. Run minecraft and go to texture packs and mods, then click on the JohnSmith texture pack.

Step 6. Finished, your all ready to go, have fun!


_New animated Textures (torches, furnace, glowstone, pumpkin) (more to come) (require MCPatcher)
_RandoMobs now supported (only creeper & zombie atm, some of them are still WIP (will give them different colors later)) (require MCPatcher)
_Many color changes in Terrain.png + some tweaks here and there, overall the world should be less “dark”
_New Enchantment table + gui

_Added Minecraft 1.9pre4 default textures
_Fixed ores stone color


_Compatible 1.9 pre3 (lots of textures are still the default Minecraft ones)
_New Mobs Skins (spider, pigzombie)
_Reworked Creeper, Skeleton & Zombie skins
_New Nether Textures (netherrack, soulsand, brick & glowstone)
_Some Nether items done
_New rain & snow
_Tweaked some colors in the terrain.png
_Tried to fix swamp colors, still plenty of border bugs but I dont want to try too hard as this will maybe change in the final 1.9 release..
_Added Mushroom terrain (very WIP)

_Fixed ores
_Fixed biomes colors (might still needs some tweak)
_New 1.8 GUI (xp bar+ food)
_Bookshelves + music block tweaks
_including missing particles
_Removed sheep texture
_New clay
_Fixed thin glass side
_And some other stuff I can’t remember…

JohnSmith Texture Pack Screenshot 1

Download JohnSmith Texture Pack 

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OptiFine HD D3 Textures Mod for Minecraft 1.2.5

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OptiFine HD 1.2.5 D3 is a texture mod package for minecraft that has recently been updated to support minecraft 1.0.

Here is the OptiFine developers blog, If you would like to continue following them click here

OptiFine is not currently forge compatible, I will update this later if they fix the “NoSuchMethodError: wj.c”.

OptiFine for Minecraft 1.0 is currently available in 4 editions, Standard, Smooth, Multi-core & AA.

OptiFine HD D3 Standard for Minecraft 1.0.0

The standard edition currently has built-in support for HD fonts, HD textures and better grass without the MCPatcher mod.

This mod will improve the looks and even give a little bump to the performance, doubling your FPS is quite common with this mod. It has some pretty cool features such as, smooth fps, moves fog away, chunk loading control, vsync, brightness control and many more.

Main Features

  • FPS boost
    – doubling the FPS is very common with this mod
    – decreased lag spikes and smoother gameplay
  • HD Textures Support 
    – HD textures and HD fonts (without the need of MCPatcher)
    – custom terrain and item textures
    – animated terrain and item textures
    – custom colors
    – custom block color palettes
    – unlimited texture size
  • Configurable Smooth Lighting
    – from 1% – smooth lighting without shadows
    – to 100% – smooth lighting with full shadows
  • Performance: VSync
    Synchronizes framerate with monitor refresh rate to remove split frames and smooth gameplay
  • Smart Advanced OpenGL
    – more efficient, less artifacts
    – Fast – faster, some artifacts still visible
    – Fancy – slower, avoids visual artifacts
  • Fog control
    – Fog: Fancy, Fast, OFF
    – Fog start: Near, Far
  • Mipmaps
    Visual effect which makes distant objects look better by smoothing the texture details
    – Mipmap level – OFF, 1, 2, 3, Max
    – Mipmap type – Nearest, Linear
    Check the OptiFine AA edition for even better texture smoothing with Antialiasing and Anisotropic Filtering.
  • Better Grass
    Fixes grass blocks side texture to match surrounding grass terrain
  • Better Snow
    Fixes transparent blocks textures to match surrounding snow terrain
  • Clear Water
    Clear, transparent water with good visibility underwater
  • Far View
    Increases view distance 3x.
  • FPS control
    – Smooth FPS – stabilizes FPS by flushing the graphics driver buffers
    – Smooth Input – fixes stuck keys, slow input and sound lag by setting correct thread priorities
  • Chunk Loading Control
    – Load Far – loads the world chunks at distance Far, allows fast render distance switching
    – Preloaded Chunks – defines an area in which no new chunks will be loaded
    – Chunk Updates per Frame – allows for faster world loading
    – Dynamic Updates – loads more chunks per frame when the player is standing still
  • Configurable Details
    – Clouds – Default, Fast, Fancy
    – Cloud Height – from 0% to 100%
    – Trees – Default, Fast, Fancy
    – Grass – Default, Fast, Fancy
    – Water – Default, Fast, Fancy
    – Rain and Snow – Default, Fast, Fancy
    – Sky – ON, OFF
    – Stars – ON, OFF
    – Depth Fog – ON, OFF
    – Weather – ON, OFF
  • Configurable animations
    – Water Animated – OFF, Dynamic, ON
    – Lava Animated – OFF, Dynamic, ON
    – Fire Animated – OFF, ON
    – Portal Animated – OFF, ON
    – Redstone Animated – OFF, ON
    – Explosion Animated – OFF, ON
    – Flame Animated – OFF, ON
    – Smoke Animated – OFF, ON
    – Void Particles – OFF, ON
    – Water Particles – OFF, ON
    – Rain Splash – OFF, ON
    – Portal Particles – OFF, ON
    – Dripping Water/Lava – OFF, ON
    – Terrain Animated – OFF, ON
    – Items Animated – OFF, ON
  • Fast Texturepack Switching
    Switch the current Texturepack without leaving the world
  • Fullscreen Resolution
    Configurable fullscreen resolution
  • Debug
    – Fast Debug Info – removes lagometer from debug screen
    – Debug Profiler – removes profiler from debug screen
  • Time Control
    Default, Day Only or Night Only – works in only in Creative mode
  • Autosave
    – Configurable Autosave interval
    – A fix for the famous Lag Spike of Death

OptiFine HD D3 Smooth for Minecraft 1.0.0

This is an extension of the standard edition, It’s designed to make your FPS much smoother and get rid of those horrible lag spikes.

If this edition works for you, great! If not, download the standard edition.

OptiFine HD D3 Multi-Core for Minecraft 1.0.0

This edition is the extension of the smooth edition, It’s adds the ability of using multiple cores on your minecraft game along with some great FPS tweaks.

Using this edition on a single core pc you will get smoother fps and no more stuttering or freezes.

Using this edition of a multi-core pc you will see a dramatic improvement to world loading time and it will not affect your fps.

If you have any problems with transparent boxes, or flashing, try this,

1. In your graphics control panel disable “Threaded Optimization”

2. Enable Vsync in your graphics control panel.

OptiFine HD D3 AA for Minecraft 1.0.0

This is another extension to the standard edition and is built to specifically support anti-aliasing and anisotropic filtering.

This edition is still under development and will be merged with the other editions when it is finished.

Download OptiFine HD D3

Click here for OptiFine HD A4 for Minecraft 1.1.0

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MCPatcher HD Fix 2.3.0_1 for Minecraft 1.4.7

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MCPatcher HD 1.4.7 – Here is something everyone has been waiting for, the updated version of MCPatcher.

This great little tool is very well known in the minecraft community, it has been about for a long time, this latest version has a great new feature called customer colors mod, which allows texture pack authors to have a lot customization and control, they will now be able to customize many more colors in the game including, swamps, lighting, and much more.

The features of MCPatcher are already well known but I will write them down anyways 🙂



  • HD texture and font support.
  • It allows custom  terrain and item animations for any block, including water, lava, and portals.
  • MrMessiah’s BetterGrass.
  • Balthichou’s RandomMobs.
  • It has the ability to load other mods like ModLoader.
  • It has the ability to save and load diffrent mod profiles and switch between them easily, It will also organize your mods by the minecraft version they go with. (this is very handy)


Installation Instructions

1. Download the right version of MCPatcher from you system OS

2. Double click on the patcher .exe, this window should pop up

Minecraft Installation

3. If you would like the better grass, check the box.

4. Now click on the patch button.

5. Start Minecraft

6. Click mods and texture packs.

7. Click the open texture packs folder, and then drag all of your textures in there.

8. Enjoy switching between all of your different texture packs 🙂

Download MCPatcher here

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How to Host a Minecraft Server

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Hello, We haven’t posted much about minecraft server hosting so we thought  it would be a good idea to put together, a nice, noob friendly, guide to hosting your own minecraft server.

Now the first thing you need to think about is…

Would you like to rent a Minecraft Server? or host a Minecraft Server from home?

Rental servers are a huge advantage because anyone can run them, even if you know little or nothing about computers, they generally are all setup and ready to go on purchase, they are built to a very high spec, have super fast internet connections which allows huge servers suitable to keeping up to 128 users in at one time, and some people have even created a by-pass to get pass this limit.

Reliability, rented servers are normally very reliable with up times of over 99.9% and being a business, there is support available 24/7 if any problem was to occur.

Hosting a minecraft server from home is possible if you have an up to date pc and a decent home internet connection but you will most likely only be able to host a server for 2 or 3 people before it will become far to unstable to continue playing on.

I’ll assume most people reading this are planning to get a rental minecraft server so I will start talking about them first.


Choosing a Minecraft Hosting Company

Trusted companies! There are some many copy-cat server companies out there, offering reduced priced servers that are extremely low quality the best thing to do is go with a company that is trusted and well priced.

Features to look out for

Customer Support,

is the main thing to look out for when choosing a server host, if something happens to your server and you cannot fix it,  then you need to know that support is there to help you. Support comes in many different forms, telephone, e-mail, faq, live support, ticket systems. I like to use a host that has a live support feature on the website.


If you are paying for a server, you want it hosted in your country and at the nearest city to you, most trusted hosts have servers hosted in every major city

Hard Drive, RAM and Bandwidth Allocations,

I suggest choosing a server company with unlimited hard drive space, RAM and bandwidth.


Is a control panel for your minecraft servers, it is a pretty standard tool for most server companies, unless they use there own control panels.

My Recommendations

I can recommend 2 server companies  highly from my personal experience, they are both industry leaders in game server hosting and they both offer high quality servers at competitive prices.

My first recommendation is VeryGames,

they offer 2 extremely powerful but well priced server packages,the Minecraft VQS package which features


  • a chose-able  map size
  • unlimited memory limit (RAM)
  • autoplugins
  • unlimited number of worlds
  • auto world backup and restore
  • mapviewer
  • ability to upload your world
  • unlimited disk space
  • unlimited bandwidth capacity
  •  debranded “servername”
  • dedicated IP
  • custom port number
  • multi-games system
  • fully automatic updates

VeryGames has a second minecraft server package, the Minecraft VQS infinite, it has the same features as the standard Minecraft VQS but an unlimited map size, an infinite minecraft world.

.My second recommendation is Multiplay,

Multiplay Logo

these guys have been in the server business for a long time, I remember seeing multiplay servers back when I was playing unreal tournament 99, there servers are very high quality and the support is amazing.

Like always with a server rented from multiplay, the minecraft server comes packed full of extras.


  • World’s Largest Host
  • Instant Setup of your Minecraft Server
  • Upload your existing world to your new server!
  • SSD’s for the Ultimate Performance!
  • Bukkit + Plugin Support
  • Memory Options from 200MB to 8GB
  • Full FTP Access
  • Automatic World Backups
  • Automatic setups giving cool server Banners
  • Player Usage Stats
  • Basic Rcon
  • FREE Mumble or 1/2 Price Teamspeak, Ventrilo voice comms server
  • FREE Web hosting
  • Unlimited Profiles
  • Industry-leading Clanforge™ control panel
  • Fast, efficient support, 24 hours a day
  • High quality network and server hardware
  • Public as standard



With a server hosted by multiplay you will have instant access to 13 preinstalled mods and 1416 pre-configured addons


  • Minecraft hMod
  • Minecraft Vanilla
  • Minecraft Bukkit
  • Minecraft Canary
  • ML – BuildCraft
  • ML – ChristmasCraft
  • ML – IndustrialCraft2 with BC v2.2.10
  • ML – InvasionMod
  • ML – MineFactory Reloaded with BC v2.2.8,
  • ML – PortalGun, ML – PowerConverters with BC v2.2.10 & IC2 v1.4.73
  • ML – RailCraft with BC v2.2.10 & IC2 v1.4.73
  • ML – RedPower2 with BC v2.2.10 & IC2 v1.4.73



How to Host Minecraft Server from Home

Hosting a Minecraft Server from home is pretty easy once you know how, and if you are up to spec you should have no problems inviting a few friends to join.

Windows Server

Before we start make sure you have Java 7 installed and updated

In windows 7 press the start button and type CMD in the search bar and press enter

In XP press the start button and click run then type CMD and press enter

In the command prompt window that has popped up type in java -version and press enter, if it displays 1.7 your java is updated.

1 – Download the Minecraft_Server.exe from here.

2 – Run Minecraft_Server.exe, it will load a server with the default configuration.

It may throw up some file not found error messages when you start it, this is normal they are being created.

3- After the server has completely start up for the first start time, shut it down (type STOP in the command window and it will shut down the server).

Now you will want to start editing some configuration files.

More to come soon, configuring and connecting to your server.