Improving RuneScape's Performance
This page contains steps that can help optimise your computer's performance when playing RuneScape.
Allocate More RAM to the Client
This increases the overall performance of the client by allowing it more RAM to use when running.
This is used to improve the legacy Java client performance.
Check For Malware
It's not just for security, malware can also eat up your computer's processing power. If you don't have protection and scanning tools installed already, check out some free ones over on our Security Software page.
Update Your Programs & Drivers
RuneScape doesn’t require much in order to play but it’s always a good idea to keep your programs up to date, especially Java and your Internet Browser. The developers continually work on fixing small bugs, and making improvements so you are only going to benefit from keeping your software up to date.
Graphics drivers are also key to performance. It’s a great idea to ensure you are keeping up to date with the latest drivers in order to aid your graphics cards performance. Simply visit your card manufacturer’s website in order to find the latest updates. If you’re unsure which card you’re using, you should be able to find this in your manual.
Update Your Operating System
Although many people get frustrated with their Operating System or "OS" (such as Windows, Linux or Mac OS) automatic updates, it’s really quite important to ensure you are keeping your OS up to date. If you have disabled your automatic updates, then you should still be able to manually check for any. Many updates will aid your system performance by fixing known bugs and improving any security holes that viruses could potentially take advantage of.
Windows users can search their computer for 'Windows Update' and use the 'install updates' button to install all relevant updates
Mac users simply need to click on the 'Apple' Icon in the top left of their screen and click "Software Updates..."
Minimise The Use Of Other Programs
Your CPU can only run so many tasks at once. It would still be easier on your CPU to close any unnecessary programs you aren’t using whilst playing RuneScape. This will help the processor to do its work a lot quicker.
The more strain you put your CPU under the more heat it is going to produce, so always ensure you have adequate cooling to prevent any damage.
When using a laptop instead of a desktop computer, there are other things that can affect your performance, so we have a whole page on how to improve this.
Check out other issue specific resolutions
Having problems with these steps?
I'm still having problems, what now?
If you have tried out all the steps above, and you're still seeing problems, please get in touch! Please include the following information to help us identify the problem you're having:
- Does an error message appear? If so what does it say?
- Confirm that you have read this article and followed the steps provided - this will help us avoid us providing solutions you have already tried!
- Provide us as many details as available about the issue you're seeing and when it began happening.