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Ghosttalon
Sep Member 2017

Ghosttalon

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My play has gotten choppy -- was fine yesterday. It starts off smoothly enough, but if I lodestone teleport/teleport, it gets increasingly choppy.

It crashed my graphics completely. The monitor was showing no input but the computer was still humming along. Did a hard restart -- same thing, minus the monitor crash probably because I got out of it before it got to that point.

I've checked my graphics drivers. Unfortunately, they're up-to-date, last update being March last year. GEForce GT620.

So, yes, the computer etc are old at this point. Just frustrated, because it was fine yesterday and now this morning it's unplayable.

08-Apr-2019 09:20:55

Moneybucks
Nov Gold Premier Club Member 2018

Moneybucks

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There was a game update yesterday.

I suspect this may be related either to the need to download updated new game files to your machine (i.e. the game cache) resulting in performance impact, or potentially corruption.

Try rebuilding the game cache if this is a new problem, and nothing has changed on your end.
Make sure you rebuild it fully - if you don't have the full cache, this does often result in a choppy performance, especially on weaker machines.

EDIT
Instructions on clearing your cache here:
https://support.runescape.com/hc/en-gb/articles/360001441169-How-to-clear-your-cache-

What that guide fails to recommend is then rebuilding it. It builds quickly if you're lobbied, so once you've got the client back up, log in and remain in the lobby. Bring up the developer console with the tilde key, and run the "displayfps" command. You'll see in the top right new text indicating the game cache size, and your download rate.

There is no % given - it should stabilise somewhere around 6 usually, but watch for the downaload rate dropping down to low KBs and the size remaining stable. Then you'll know you're good to log in. You can get rid of that text by running 'displayfps' again.

Boil the kettle.. it can take a while. So long as the size is increasing, it's doing what you want it to.
Moneybucks

09-Apr-2019 15:36:19 - Last edited on 09-Apr-2019 15:39:01 by Moneybucks

Ghosttalon
Sep Member 2017

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Thanks Moneybucks. How long do I wait? Since transitioning to NXT last fall, I have never had that floret in the bottom right of the screen approach anywhere near 100%, and being impatient, I've gone ahead and played with little problem -- which led me to believe it wasn't all that important.

I'm in the lobby and it's been stuck at 16% for a long time now. I can't seem to open the dev console in the lobby.

I'm thinking that since the latest update Nvidia provided for my graphics card was over a year ago, that I'm about to be toast on this machine ....

15-Apr-2019 13:08:30

Moneybucks
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Moneybucks

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The floret you mention is pretty much irrelevant - ignore it.

You can open the developer console in the lobby.
But I'm an idiot - you need to press the tilde key while holding alt.
There's no % given, all you can do is look for when the size/download rate stabilisies. Use your best judgement - if you're at or around 6GB cache size and the download rate is stable and low, that's probably the time to check.

It is true that people usually load up crap on their machines over time, fail to clean the insides resulting in cooling-related performance issues and generally apply various configurations/patches on top of the same resulting in general degradation in stability/performance.. meaning that machines seem to reach a point where they're knackered..
And it could be that your machine is nearing the end. But I don't like the idea of problems manifesting, where they weren't present before and in the absence of any significant changes. Can't diagnose a whole environment, but just having old drivers shouldn't result in a sudden degradation. I.e. if it worked before, it should work now in the absence of significant change..

I'm assuming you've made sure your cooling is adequate, and that you've gone through a round of general maintenance/recovery on your machine?
Moneybucks

15-Apr-2019 17:39:59

Ghosttalon
Sep Member 2017

Ghosttalon

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Ah, cool, I didn't know that about the dev console in the lobby.

I ran a stress test on the graphics card and it seemed to confirm what I'm thinking -- the thing may just be in poor health at this point, and that's probably my fault. I'm not that comfortable on the inside of the box, haven't had it apart in some time, and its undoubtedly suffered for it.

Some other games I play less often, but are more graphics-intensive also show the problem, so I know at this point it's not just related to a rs update. And it still works fine for just regular web surfing (not video), word processing, etc.

7 years is a pretty darned good run.

Thanks for your responses and advice, all very helpful. Cheers.

16-Apr-2019 15:00:16

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