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Singularity
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Singularity

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Have you monitored your CPU/GPU clock speeds during this? There are third-party programs capable of showing you this information. CPUID HWMonitor and HWINFO are good ones.

Any of the aforementioned programs will show the speeds as a "MHz" reading. It basically tells you how fast the CPU/GPU are currently running. If you're doing something demanding and need the speed, you want those numbers to be as high as possible and remain stable throughout.

Stutters and performance problems can be as a result of unstable speeds. Throttling can occur on either components. This causes your clock speeds to drop. It will typically be between a high (usually the base speed or turbo) and a significantly lower number (usually speeds you'd see at idle). The cause can be thermal (heat) or power-saving.

It's unlikely you'd be throttling if your temperatures are fine, but it's still worth a check if you haven't done already. Make sure you check whilst the stuttering is occurring. We need to see if there's a relation between your clock speeds and the lag you're experiencing.
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19-May-2019 03:11:24

Valena Rouge

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Thank you for adding yourself to the help squad. ^_^

Yeah, I've been tracking my computer's numbers using HWMonitor and I haven't been able to discern anything unusual, stuttering or not. Voltages, temperatures, fan/clock speeds, any values overall really, all seemingly within normal ranges and unchanging regardless of the stutter status.

Going on further from my previous comment, enabling textures is apparently the main reason causing the issue. I've tried re-downloading the entire cache once again and interestingly enough it seemed to have helped at first, but then later on in the day the stuttering restarted.

It's maddening at this point not knowing what to do or what could be wrong... I haven't yet gone through contacting Jagex as I'd rather not bother them, but I may well have to take that step and get their opinion on the matter as my last stand against this problem. :|

19-May-2019 14:18:21

Quantum Evil
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You actually have an answer of sorts already. Thus far, everyone has concentrated on the idea that there is a hardware issue. It is highly likely that this is a software only problem.

What we have here is 2 known conditions creating a issue.

#1. Running 2 instances of the client on the same system.
#2. textures active on clients.

Let me ask you, are both clients pulling from the same cache? Also, do you have more then one drive on your system? Everyone seems to think that because their system has certain specs they should always be able to run a certain game or application that is otherwise well within the computer's specs. That is not always the case... Your system, for what ever reason may have an issue when running 2 clients because of any number of updates they have done that have changed the game's interaction with your system.

If I where you, I would confirm that both clients are using the same cache and if they are, then try giving one of the clients it's own cache preferably on a separate drive ( not just a partition on the same drive ).

You may also try knocking out applications that are running in the background or in the tray by the clock. You do this not because your computer does not have the specs but because one or more of those applications may be behaving badly with 2 instances of the game running.

It is just as valid to concentrate on what is running on your system as it is to concentrate on the system it's self when your diagnosing these problems.

19-May-2019 16:47:34

Valena Rouge

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Thank you for the insightful reply. :)

I am not sure how would I go about making each individual client read from a different cache, it always points to the same single directory no matter what I try. Having two open instances prohibits the options being open, changing the location on any of them (after closing the opposite one) will change the directory for both, creating a duplicate installation also results in the same, trying to double the folder in ProgramData again ends up the same thing...

As for additional running programs, even closing down everything doesn't change anything.

Perhaps over the time updates have been tailoring mainly to Windows 10 and a few select older system configurations may have gotten caught up in some problematic interactions with the client somehow, this assuming it is in fact a software issue. Thinking of it, I believe there's another user who has posted a very similar problem to mine in this very forum section with completely opposite hardware specs, just the same OS...

20-May-2019 13:18:47

Singularity
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Did you ever try a Windows reinstall? If there's a complex software problem present, a reinstall can usually clear things up. It saves time if you don't feel like trying everything software-related to try diagnose the issue. Only do this if you don't mind the data loss. I would do it if I was in your situation and nothing else was working.

When you have a complicated issue, it's pretty much a process of elimination. You have to try as many things as possible to see if they make a difference until you get to the problem. The more complex a problem, the longer it takes. Yours seems to be a difficult one.

Any reason why you haven't upgraded to Windows 10?
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20-May-2019 23:46:26 - Last edited on 20-May-2019 23:46:39 by Singularity

Valena Rouge

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Thank you for another informative response. :)

Reinstalling would probably be the best bet at this point, I'm just not sure I want to go through the trouble, even less if it ends up not solving the problem. If I'll opt for starting fresh, I think I'll just take it further and get a completely new system as mine is clearly showing its age. If I do, though, it won't be soon but perhaps by the end of the year, sometime before Windows 7 goes officially unsupported by Microsoft.

And about passing on the free Windows 10 upgrade, I was both partly lazy and afraid it'd break something, that wouldn't have been the first time.

Regardless of everything, I think I will sort of give up for the moment; seems the issue is only with RuneScape, so I'll just tolerate and live with it for the time being. I will try to remember posting if I do happen to solve my problem somehow.

Thanks again to everyone who took their time to try and help me, it's truly appreciated. <3

22-May-2019 12:23:39

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