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Kc
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Kc

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Game Version (OSRS/RS3): RS3
Type of client used (Java/NXT/Mobile/3rd Party): NXT
Operating System (Windows/Mac OS/Linux or Android/iOS Version): Windows 10
Laptop/Desktop/Phone/Tablet: Desktop
Processor: i7-6700k
Graphics Card: MSI GeForce® GTX 1070 8GB
RAM: 32GB (16GBx2) DDR4/2400MHz


The game is having random lag spikes and it's currently frustruating me... I am not lagging on anything else, twitch is working fine, youtube fine, world of tanks fine, league of legends fine, teamspeak fine, literally everything is fine. I just finished deleting cache, reinstalling runescape, defragging disks, updating windows, updating graphics cards, editing firewall settings, flushing dns, releasing and renewing ipconfig..... literally at a roadblock. PLEASE HELP, Runescape has been fine for the past several years without having to reinstall.... Lag started up like 2-3 days ago. Works fine on my mobile phone, but IDK why my desktop is lagging.

02-Aug-2019 05:43:01

Moneybucks
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Kc said:
I have a twitch clip showing the lag, the lag is literally only runescape.... Let me know if you want to see it


Yes - post the link.

Describe the "lag" - the word means a lot of things. When does it happen, what happens when it occurs? The word "lag" can refer to at least 3 entirely different issues, each with separate causes and resolutions.
Moneybucks

02-Aug-2019 10:11:43

Kc
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Kc

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In the clip, you'll see my FPS go from 69 to 15, that's cause I clicked off the client. Clicking off the client should not be causing the lag like this though. In the video you see me mining salty crablets, and then for a few seconds the animations continue but nothing else is happening. And then magically I get an exp drop for like 5-6 times as well as hitsplats pop up again. This lag just keeps happening.

Also you can hear, people in Teamspeak talking perfectly fine without an interruption. You can also hear my music playing smoothly without interruption.

05-Aug-2019 20:34:09 - Last edited on 05-Aug-2019 20:34:43 by Kc

Moneybucks
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Ok, two problems here then. As to the first, there is a setting in the client's graphical options called Background FPS. That setting lets you specify an FPS target for when the client is not the active window. An FPS drop only when the window is inactive is probably indicative that you've got that set. In the graphic settings, edit it to your preference and see if that resolves that particular issue.

As to your lag, what that looked like to me was a very short disconnection. You can tell that because the FPS remains constant and the animations continue to play - it's just that nothing updates, such as XP drops, NPC/player locations, inventory etc. If it's a short disconnection, then the client catches up, as you've seen with the multiple XP drops in one. In case of a longer disconnection, it'll generally boot you to the login screen; that's not what happened here.

There are a few causes for that issue, but all are network related. Generally, a weak connection on the LAN side, or possibly high packetloss or an unreliable WAN-side connection, but not to the extent that your WAN connection is dropped and reestablished.

You haven't shared any network detail. Given this, general advice only.

Try to eliminate wireless access in favour of physical connections. If that's not possible, then move closer to your wireless broadcast, or boost its power. Resetting your gateway/router/local LAN devices may also help. You might also want to check the server you're playing on - aim for one close to you, with a low ping. Although it won't have an effect as to this problem, lower player count is also advisable.

If you want to post a traceroute and ping to the game server you're playing on, that might also help. If so, run the below two commands on an elevated console, and post back the result (perhaps using pastebin or somesuch).

> ping world5.runescape.com
> tracert world5.runescape.com

Replace the number with the server you're having issues on.
Moneybucks

05-Aug-2019 22:22:48

Moneybucks
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Thanks. Looks healthy enough, but if it was then you wouldn't be having issues I guess. Problems like this are usually intermittent, so it's also possible it just didn't happen while the pings were going on.

I sometimes get this same issue when my network is making heavy use of its bandwidth. At least in your case this can be ruled out.

Next step is to try and figure out where the problem is happening. If it's on your LAN, then that's your responsibility to fix, and I'm inclined to feel that the suggestions given before will probably resolve the issue, or at least significantly improve it.

If it's happening on the WAN side, then that's more likely to be the responsibility of your ISP, assuming they acknowledge the problem. You'd need to contact their support function. If this was happening to more people, then it could have indicated a Jagex-side issue, but I haven't seen anyone posting about this specifically.

In your shoes, I would leave a ping running and try to capture the issue, and use that to figure out where the problem is.

First ping your gateway - that'll be the LAN-side IP of your router for most home LANs. If you run the following command on ther console, you'll see that listed as "Default Gateway" for each network adapter.
> ipconfig /all

You can ping it indefinitely by adding the -t switch to the ping command. To stop it, hold Control and press c. E.g. the below, to ping Google's DNS. Just replace the IP with your router.
> ping 8.8.8.8 -t

Try and keep that running until the issue occurs, then check the pings. If they drop over the time you were having the issue, or there are any other differences, that suggests the router is to blame.

After that, try the same thing with the game server.
Moneybucks

06-Aug-2019 09:51:05

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