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February 2009 Crash: Misc



Up to date as of February 07, 2010

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This glitch has been fixed by Jagex.
Bounty Hunter unable to be accessed, one of many dangerous areas that were closed off during the glitch

On 25 February 2009, along with a large update to RuneScape, a bug was discovered that crashed the game for players. This was done through the use of the public chat feature. If players typed in the ALT code for the character "µ" (ALT+230 or ALT+0181), and entered it into the chat, it would cause everyone around the player (including the player himself, unless their public chat was set to off) to crash. The page would be redirected to a crash report page. This was abused by many players in dangerous areas, as well as the Grand Exchange in several worlds. Several precautions were taken in order to prevent players from being logged out due to this bug:

  • Jagex advised players to stay in quiet and remote areas.
  • Players advised others to keep their public chat off.
  • Four minigame areas were shut down to prevent quicker spread:
  • Jagex encouraged players to completely stay away from PvP worlds until the bug was fixed.

At 00:50 GMT, a server fix was announced on the official forums and was implemented soon afterwards. This update fixed the glitch, as well as re-opening the previously locked areas.

Not all dangerous areas were closed off to players such as the Corporeal Beast's lair.

This article uses material from the "February 2009 Crash" article on the Runescape wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.


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