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Day One – The Chromebook Conundrum

My name is Toby Reid. I plan to experiment with Redstone to create things and possibly share them with others.

Today is Day One. I’m going to figure out how to get Minecraft on a Chromebook. Minecraft has only released three computer editions; one for Windows, one for Mac, and one for Linux. I plan to find a compiler of sorts to be able to run one of those versions on Chromebook. The main source of “Intel” I’ll be using is platypusplatypus.com.


I first needed to figure out if these Chromebooks’ processors can handle Minecraft. I couldn’t find anything that told me my exact processor, but I searched my model number, and the results said it’s got a dual Intel processor, so… I’ll go with it.

The next task was to get a Linux compiler or whatever it’s called. It sounded simple; just a couple clicks and it’s installed. However, to install it, you must be in Developer Mode. This wouldn’t sound like such a big deal if it weren’t for the fact that Developer Mode erasesĀ everything on your local hard drive except the factory settings. I’m not going to go around destroying the computers. Evidently I needed permission from an admin of the school. Looks like this may be the end of PlatypusPlatypus.

Another idea, which was received from Mrs. Lund, is to go on the PCs in the school computer labs, which run Windows 7. There is also one other idea I had which may or may not work. I could put Minecraft on a flash drive. This is normally a safe and sturdy way to play Minecraft anywhere, but the Chromebooks might not like its Java coding.


It seems I had this same problem last year; I tried doing some things on the computer, but because these are Chromebooks, I couldn’t ever find a program which would work. I mean, don’t get me wrong; Chromebooks are great. They don’t get viruses, for starters, but this is due to the fact that Chromebooks don’t run Java. Because they don’t run Java, I can’t install Minecraft without using Developer Mode and Linux.

It looks like I’ve hit a dead end. For today, anyway. I’ll talk with the admins next time and see if I can’t get Linux or get access to the other computers, the PCs, which run Windows.

Yup.

The end.

P.S. The Minecraft PC main menu has the title “Minecraft” at the top for obvious reasons. There is a 1/1000 chance that it will say “Minceraft” instead. So if you can’t afford Minecraft, you can always just chop up an inflatable boat.

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