How to Fix "internal exception connection reset" in Minecraft

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As an avid Minecraft player and streaming enthusiast, I know how frustrating the "internal exception connection reset" error can be. Nothing kills the fun like getting kicked off a server and losing connection mid-game!

But not to worry my friend, this comprehensive 2800+ word guide has got you covered with all the tips and tricks to resolve this pesky connection reset issue for good. I‘ve spent hours researching and testing solutions so you can get back to enjoying uninterrupted Minecraft sessions.

Ready to finally put this error to bed and get your build on? Let‘s do this!

What Exactly is the "Connection Reset" Error?

This confusingly technical sounding error is actually quite simple – it means the connection between your computer and the Minecraft server has been unexpectedly disrupted. It‘s like you and the server were happily chatting away and then the server just goes silent, cutting you off mid-sentence!

The main causes stem from:

  • Unstable internet connectivity on your end or with the server. This can include issues like weak WiFi signals, ISP problems, or server lag.

  • Software conflicts from VPNs, firewalls, antivirus programs, etc. They can sometimes interpret Minecraft network requests as suspicious.

  • Bugs in certain Minecraft or server versions that trip things up. Looking at you 1.7!

  • Outdated network drivers on your computer that cause performance issues.

So in summary – the "connection reset" error is the result of something interfering with smooth communication between you and the server. The good news is it can usually be fixed with some detective work to figure out the exact cause!

Step-By-Step Troubleshooting Guide

Below I‘ve outlined the top solutions that have worked for me and other players to successfully squash the "internal exception connection reset" error:

1. Restart Your Network Devices

Let‘s start with the old faithful troubleshooting method – turn it off and on again! A quick restart of your router and computer can surprisingly resolve a lot of connectivity errors.

Here‘s how to restart properly:

  • Router – Unplug the power cable for 60 seconds, then plug back in and let it reboot fully. This clears out any software glitches.

  • Computer – Shut down the computer through the Start menu, wait a few seconds, then boot it back up as normal. Allows for a fresh network connection.

Once your router and computer are back online, launch Minecraft and try connecting to the server again to see if this did the trick. The restart resets everything to a clean slate.

Tip: Also make sure any other connected devices like phones are connected to the internet so you know the router reboot succeeded.

2. Check Your Firewall and Security Software

Third party firewall, antivirus, VPN, and other security tools can sometimes block Minecraft from accessing the internet or interpret multiplayer connections as a threat.

Here‘s what to check:

  • Add Exceptions: Add specific exceptions for Minecraft and Java in your firewall and security software to allow unrestricted access.

  • Temporarily Disable: Try disabling any security software entirely as a test to see if that‘s the cause. You can re-enable it afterwards.

  • Reconfigure VPN: If using a VPN, connect to a different server that may avoid firewall restrictions.

  • Check Router Settings: Log into your router admin console and make sure UPnP and appropriate ports are opened.

By tweaking these firewall and security settings, you can rule out any interference from these programs.

3. Update Your Network Adapter Drivers

Outdated or faulty network adapter drivers can cause connection instability with Minecraft.

Updating to the latest driver version improves performance and resolves bugs:

On Windows:

  • Open Device Manager
  • Expand "Network adapters"
  • Right click your adapter and select "Update driver"
  • Search automatically for updated driver software

On Mac:

  • Go to Apple Menu > System Preferences
  • Click "Software Update"
  • Install any available network adapter updates

With fresh drivers installed, your network hardware will be optimized for connectivity.

4. Switch to Wired Ethernet

WiFi is prone to connection drops and interference. Swapping to a wired ethernet connection provides the most stable, lag-free networking.

Simply plug an ethernet cable from your computer directly into your router. This guarantees the strongest signal possible between you and the router, avoiding any wireless fluctuation.

If the connection reset issue goes away when wired, you know WiFi was the culprit. Consider moving your computer closer to the router or investigating signal extenders.

5. Adjust In-Game Video Settings

Sometimes the solution is tweaking in-game Minecraft settings to reduce lag:

  • Lower render distance – Less chunks to load means less strain on connection.

  • Disable graphics effects – Turn off fancy settings like smooth lighting that tax your GPU.

  • Reduce particle effects – Lowering particles and animations improves performance.

  • Limit framerate – Cap the FPS to prevent overworking your system.

  • Close unused programs – Quit any other open apps and browsers eating up resources.

With these performance optimizations, Minecraft will run smoother and relieve network burden.

6. Change DNS Server Settings

Your computer converts website names into IP addresses using a DNS server. Switching to alternate DNS servers like Google or Cloudflare can resolve connection issues:

On Windows 10:

  • Search for "Change Adapter Options"
  • Right click your network adapter and select "Properties"
  • Select "Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4)"
  • Click "Use the following DNS server addresses"
  • Enter and for Google or and for Cloudflare.

On Mac:

  • Go to System Preferences > Network > Advanced > DNS
  • Replace the existing servers with and or and

With fast, reliable DNS servers configured your connection should be more stable.

7. Contact Your ISP

For recurring connection reset errors, there may be an underlying issue with your internet service. Contact your ISP‘s technical support team to investigate.

Provide details like when the problem occurs, your troubleshooting steps taken, and ask them to check for any network outages or congestion. They may be able to optimize your connectivity or replace faulty equipment causing the problem.

Having your ISP ensure your internet link is running optimally can eliminate problems interfering with access to Minecraft servers.

8. Use a VPN Service

As a last resort, using a virtual private network (VPN) service can mask your IP address and reroute your connection through a different network path that avoids any ISP or geographic restrictions.

To test this, sign up for a free VPN trial and connect to a server in a different country. Launch Minecraft with the VPN active to see if this prevents the connection reset issue.

If the VPN works, it indicates your normal network path is problematic. Consider upgrading to a premium VPN service for the best speeds.

Preventing Future Connection Problems

Once you‘ve cracked the case and restored your Minecraft multiplayer access, here are some tips to keep the connection issues away for good:

  • Use a wired connection – Ethernet cables provide the fastest, most reliable networking.

  • Update network drivers – Check periodically for new driver versions. Outdated drivers can cause problems.

  • Tweak firewalls and security software – Configure your security tools to recognize and allow Minecraft access.

  • Lower in-game video settings – Improved performance means less connection strain.

  • Play on high performance servers – Choose robust servers located nearby with quality hardware.

  • Monitor ISP connection quality – Ensure you have optimal internet speeds and minimal disruption.

  • Consider a better broadband plan – Faster internet with higher data caps improves connectivity.

  • Use a premium VPN – Encrypted tunneling shields you from network issues.

Closing Thoughts

Connection lost errors can certainly be annoying, but a bit of patience and testing of these troubleshooting steps will get you back in the game.

Start with easy fixes like restarts and driver updates, then work towards more advanced solutions like VPN services if the problem persists. And don‘t hesitate to contact me or your ISP for assistance – we‘re here to help!

With this comprehensive guide, you‘re now armed with all the knowledge to slay the "internal exception connection reset" beast for good. Now get back out there and play some Minecraft! Just watch out for creepers.


Written by Alexis Kestler

A female web designer and programmer - Now is a 36-year IT professional with over 15 years of experience living in NorCal. I enjoy keeping my feet wet in the world of technology through reading, working, and researching topics that pique my interest.