Laptop Users - Dedicated graphics cards and you!

A lot of players who use a Laptop with a dedicated graphics card to play RuneScape find that their Laptop defaults to using the on board graphics processor rather than the more powerful dedicated card. As a result you may notice that you're experiencing low FPS or other graphical issues when trying to play RuneScape. If this is the situation for you, then don't panic! We're providing a basic solution below that should force your laptop to use the dedicated graphics card.

How do I find out which graphics processor RuneScape is using?

You can find out if RuneScape is using your dedicated graphics card, please follow the instructions below:

  • Log into game and connect to a game world
  • Open the Developer Console by pressing Alt+` together
  • type "renderer" into the console (without the quotation marks) and hit enter
  • Several lines of information will now be shown as pictured below:
  • The graphics card RuneScape is using is shown next to "Device" and is circled on the above screenshot

If you do not recognise the device listed, check your system specifications to confirm if the game has detected your on board or your dedicated graphics processor. If RuneScape isn't detecting your graphics processor then try following the general steps below as these solve the problem for 90% of players.

How can I make my laptop use the dedicated card to run RuneScape?

If your laptop has both a dedicated and on board graphics processor installed, they often default to using the on board card as a power saving mechanism. Making sure that your Laptop is plugged in when you're trying to play should force your system to use the dedicated graphics card when playing RuneScape or any other games. If you want your system to use the dedicated card when it's not plugged into the mains, then following the steps below should do the trick.

PLEASE NOTE - this will reduce your battery life if you are using a laptop that is not plugged in

Windows 7

1. Select the Windows 7 'Start Button'
2. Choose 'Control Panel'
3. Select the 'System and Security' item
4. Halfway down, select 'Power Options'
5. Under 'Plans Shown on Battery Meter', select 'High performance'
6. If it does not exist under 'Plans Shown on Battery Meter', click the expansion arrow next to 'Hide additional plans'
7. Select 'High performance'
8. That's it!

Windows 8

1. Select the Windows 8 'Start Button'
2. Choose 'Control Panel'
3. Select 'Power Options'
4. Under 'Preferred Plans' choose 'High Performance'
5. Click the 'Change Plan Settings' link on the right, and make this your default power plan
6. That's it!

Windows 10

1. Select the Windows 10 'Start Button'
2. Choose 'Control Panel'
3. Select 'Power Options'
4. Under 'Plans shown on the battery meter' choose 'High Performance'
5. Click the 'Change Plan Settings' link on the right, and make this your default power plan
6. That's it!

Please now log into RuneScape and connect to a game world and use the "renderer" console command to see if RuneScape has now detected the dedicated graphics card. Changing the power plan makes the Laptop use the dedicated graphics card for the majority of users.

If after changing your Laptop's power plan RuneScape is still detecting your on board card, then I'm providing steps below for both ATI and Nvidia cards that should force your computer to automatically use the more powerful dedicated graphics card.

  1. Right click in an open space on your Desktop and choose "AMD Catalyst Control Centre" (referred to as CCC from now on) from the pop up menu
  2. Within CCC, select "Gaming>3d Application settings"
  3. Click the "Add Application" button
  4. From here, navigate to the folder where RuneScape is located. For me, it is C:\Users%username%\jagexcache\jagexlauncher\bin 
  5. Now locate RuneScape in your list of programs and change the Graphics Setting to "High Performance"
  6. Click "Apply" in the bottom right hand corner of the CCC Window, you should now be good to go!

After following these steps, you can use the "renderer" console command to make sure that RuneScape is now detecting and using your dedicated graphics processor.

  1. Go to the NVIDIA Control Panel by right clicking on your desk top and clicking on "NVIDIA Control Panel"
  2. In the default screen that pops up (it should be "manage 3D settings", and the "Program Settings" tab should be automatically selected), under "1. Select a program to customize:" hit the "Add" button
  3. From here, navigate to the folder where RuneScape is located. For me, it is C:\Users%username%\jagexcache\jagexlauncher\bin 
  4. Select the "Jagexlauncher.exe" application
  5. Select it and hit open
  6. Then, under "2. Select the preferred graphics processor for this program:" open the drop-down menu and select "High-performance NVIDIA processor"
  7. Finally, hit apply in the far bottom right corner, and you should be good to go!

After following these steps, you can use the "renderer" console command to make sure that RuneScape is now detecting and using your dedicated graphics processor.

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