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How to fix Minecraft Java Crashes

Big Update is Big

Hello, it’s now 2014 and this post is almost exactly 3 years old. I just want to let you know that there’s a new more updated post on The Noob Network with our top 5 tips on how to get Minecraft running better. Old post is below this line.

April 21st 2014 update:  I decided to move the old page into a post format, and I included a tutorial on how to find out if your computer is running a 32 or 64 bit windows installation.

A quick note: if I do not reply to your comment, it’s not to ignore you, but simply because I do not have an answer to your question.

My original post posted May 30, 2011:

I recently acquired a brand new computer with an x64 (64 bit) Processor and x64 OS and noticed that even with all the necesseties of Minecraft installed it would still crash. Almost always, Minecraft would just freeze for 5 seconds and then crash with a black screen. It’s a really common issue and the most “work around fixes” are just you changing the viewing distance to anything but far. I searched everywhere for a fix, but couldn’t get a fix for this crash. Sure the setting viewing distance to anything but far would slightly fix the problem but only by prolonging the crash by say 15-30 minutes.

I checked what version of Java was installed on my machine and it was an x86 (32 bit) version. When most install a component such as Java, some automatically think that it’s fit for their system no matter what. If you go to the java download page you’ll see the big red download button, but underneath it says “Not the right operating system? See all Java downloads here “. Go there ( ) and download the x64 version of Java and

I uninstalled my 32 bit version of Java and downloaded the x64 version and installed it. I have had Minecraft idling for an hour without a crash and I will update this post when I know that this fixed it.

So if you have the issue of Minecraft constantly freezing for a minute or so and then crashing here’s

what you can try to do to fix it;

  1. Find out if your computer has a 32 bit or 64 bit processor in it and which of those Windows is running in.

Almost every new computer built today is a 64 bit system, but if you are unsure because you’re using an older machine here’s how to check:

  1. Click the Start Menu and type system into the search box.
  2. Click the System icon that pops up in the menu (usually the first result).
  3. You should see this window pop up with all your system information:

  • Your system type is displayed under the Windows 7 logo, in the screenshot it says that machine is running a 64-bit OS.
  • If your system is a 32 bit system, Java might not be the problem for you but something else. I would check the Minecraft Support forum and see if they have something on the subject!
  • Everyone hates to admit it, but in the midst of things you or whoever installed Java on your machine might have overlooked that the 32 bit version of Java was installed on a 64 bit system. Go to and download the 64 bit version for your OS (Windows, Solaris or Linux)
  • Launch Minecraft

    See if Minecraft will run on any rendering distance and play for as long as you like

  • Please let me know if this fixed it for you, I’ll update this post once I know for sure that it solved my problem. I’ve had Minecraft running in the background while writing this and it’s still running!

    Edit: Minecraft hasn’t crashed all day month year. I’ll call this a confirmed fix!

    If this helped you, please share this page with your friends just in case they run into this problem too!

    Frequently Asked Questions

    I decided to answer some questions of different search terms that brought people to this page.

    Can I play Minecraft if my computer is 32-bit?

    Yes you can, just make sure to use the right (32 bit for 32 bit computers and 64 bits for 64 bit computers) version.

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