Dedicated graphics cards on Laptops

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Players who use a laptop with a dedicated graphics card may find they are automatically using their on board graphics processor - rather than the more powerful dedicated card. As a result, this may cause low FPS or other performance issues.

 

Which graphics processor am I using?
To find out if RuneScape is using your dedicated graphics card, please follow these steps:

 

 

   

1

Log into game and connect to a game world

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2

Open the Developer Console by pressing Alt and together

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3

Type

renderer

into the console and hit enter.

 

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4

Several lines of information will be shown.
The graphics card RuneScape is using is shown next to 'Renderer'

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Using your dedicated card to run RuneScape

1. Power Settings
First make sure that your laptop is plugged into a power supply, as laptops often default to using the on-board graphics card as a power saving mechanism.

If that hasn't helped, or If you want your system to use the dedicated card when it's not plugged into the mains, then following the steps below should help.

 

WINDOWS 7 / 8 / 10 STEPS

 

 

   

1

Select 'Start'

 

2

Type Control panel into the search bar

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3

  • Select 'Power Options'
  • Under 'Plans shown on the battery meter'
  • Choose 'High Performance'
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4

If this isn't available choose 'Create a power plan'
 Select High performance > Next > Create

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Login to RuneScape and connect to a game world and use the "renderer" console command to see if RuneScape has now detected the dedicated graphics card. 

 

2. Software settings

If RuneScape is still having trouble using your graphics card, you may need to alter the settings in your manufacturers driver settings to force your computer to automatically use the more powerful dedicated graphics card.

Here's how to do that for two popular graphics cards manufactures AMD and NVidia.



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