- Desktop/Laptop with Windows 7, 8, or 10 or Mac OSX 10.10 – 10.14.
- Mac OS 10.15 Catalina, Linux Systems, Apple/Android Tablets, or Chromebooks earlier than 2018 will not work for this camp type. Chromebooks from 2019 and later can work with an advanced setup.
- We recommend an internet connection at least 20 Mbps down and 5 Mbps up. Here’s how to check your speed: fast.com
- Disk Space: Unless you are currently running out of space on your computer, you have enough disk space.
- Memory: 6 GB of RAM.
- Processor: Processors are rarely an issue, if you have an older computer the minimum is an Intel Dual Core processor.
- Other: Microphone and webcam are required, headphones are recommended.
- Minecraft: Java Edition purchase & installation required:
- These steps assume that you do not already own Minecraft: Java Edition or have it installed. If you already own it, please just follow step 9 only. Note that Minecraft: Java Edition is a separate version of Minecraft from “pocket edition” or “Windows 10 Edition” and is therefore a separate purchase. Also, all versions of Minecraft require unique accounts, and therefore if you have more than one child joining a Minecraft class, a unique account will need to be purchased for each child, and each account username sent to Empow as per step 9 below.
- For Windows, Mac, or Linux:
- Navigate to minecraft.net in your web browser. Click “Get Minecraft”.
- Click “Computer”. Choose your operating system.
- Click “Minecraft: Java Edition”.
- Click “Buy Minecraft”. You will now be prompted to create a Mojang (company who owns Minecraft) account if you don’t have one. Follow the steps as prompted on the webpage, going through the “Register” and “Verify Email” steps.
- After the “Verify Email” step, on the same page where payment info is requested, a username must be created by typing it into the box under “Minecraft Profile”. Please choose a username and write it down. You will be asked for the username later in these steps and will need it henceforth for logging into the app.
- Continue through the “Buy” and “Download” steps. On the last step, you will be prompted to download Minecraft.
- Once done, run the installer app to complete the process and install Minecraft.
- Run Minecraft:Java Edition, following the prompts to log in with your username/password and Play. This step is to make sure Minecraft: Java Edition is working on your computer.
- Please email email@example.com with the username and full name of the student who will be using this account. We do not need to know the password you made, only the username. This is a vital step in securing the Minecraft server so that we know who is joining and we don’t let strangers in.
- For a Chromebook (advanced setup):
- On a supported Chromebook (most from 2019 onward), go to settings>Linux>Enable Linux. If you do not see a Linux setting, it likely means your Chromebook is NOT compatible with Linux, and therefore cannot be used for this camp.
- After Linux is enabled, head to https://www.minecraft.net/en-us/download/alternative/ and download the .deb Minecraft file.
- Open the Files app, and click on Linux Files>minecraft.deb
- Follow Installation procedures.
- After installation, launch Minecraft: Java Edition and log in using your Mojang account credentials. If you do not own a Minecraft account, please refer to the steps 1-6 in the paragraph above this one for steps to purchase an account. You may skip the download at the end of step 6.
- Hit PLAY – so you can test out your install, and adjust a setting.
- In Minecraft Settings, turn available graphics options to low, and render distance down to 6. You can close Minecraft once this is finished.
- Type “chrome://flags” into the search bar in chrome, and click enter.
- Scroll down and enable both “Pointer lock for Linux applications” and “Crostini GPU Support”
- Restart your computer so the necessary changes take effect.
- If you already happen to own Minecraft: Java Edition but need to redownload it, navigate to minecraft.net, sign into your account, then navigate to https://my.minecraft.net/en-us/store/minecraft/#owned and you will see download options. Download and run the installer app, following the steps in the install process.
Need Help? If you would like support setting up your child’s computer, please click here to book a live video tech support session. Unfortunately, we cannot support issues resulting from the advanced setup for a Chromebook.