Solved Will adding RAM saves my ASUS X555LB?

February 22, 2019 at 05:53:17
Specs: Windows 10, Intel Core i7-5500U 2.4GHz / 4GB RAM
I bought an ASUS X555LB over 3 years ago (around December 2015).
At the time I just bought it, it is running pretty fast, it responds to any of my commands instantly.
and it was able to run Dota 2 under the full maximized setting smoothly. After a few weeks, I started to lower down the settings for gaming to make my laptop less stressed until now.
I use this laptop to do browsing, study, reports, and streaming, and mostly gaming while semester break. And I always power on my laptop and plugged in whenever I am awake and I am at home.
After a year, I started to feel my laptop running slower and slower, so I started to delete/uninstall all unwanted files twice a year until now, although it doesn't stop it from getting slower.
Until last week I just realized that I can reset the laptop without any CDs (I always thought I need windows CD and code to do that).
So I did a total reset (clear all files in all drives and clean the drive).
The first day after reset it performs just like a new laptop, but on the very next day, it started to slow down.....
Until now, It almost behaves like no action was done before. (After the reset, I have only installed google chrome!) It responds like a snail to every command I do, especially the first command each startup (what I mean here is the first command for each different action at each startup. eg: after I power on my laptop, It takes whooping 1 minute to open the google chrome, but it only takes like 5 seconds when I close and open the google chrome. But if I open other things like task manager, it also takes a very long time to respond. This repeats if the laptop is close and open again, as well as when the laptop is idle for a long time. Oh yeah, If I used chrome, close it, and play Dota 2, close it, and open google chrome again, it also takes a very long time to open.)

Extra info:
1) I always notice the disk usage goes 90+% while lagging
2) memory usage can go to 50~70% just by open google chrome with few tabs, thats the reason why I guess adding RAM whould help.

End of my description, sorry for the looooooooooooong story.
Below is the spec of this laptop:
ASUS X555LB (It is stated A555L on the laptop sticker idk why but inside settings its X555LB)
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-5500 CPU @ 2.4GHz
System type: 64-bit Operating System
With NVDIA GeForce 940M
OS: Windows 10 Home

Notable Items That I installed Before: (Is this info needed? lol)
-Dota 2
-Dragon Nest
-Adobe Premiere Pro
-i cant remember already lol

I think this laptop should be able to perform AutoCAD smoothly, but I never try it when this laptop is still running fast. I heard expanding RAM will help, is it true? I have to work with this laptop 2 more years so is there anything can save my laptop from running like a snail?
I will only need these program to runs smoothly (at least fast enough)
-Dota 2
-microsoft office
-google chrome
I will not install anything more than these, if adding RAM doesn't help, anything can help the laptop? TQVM for anyone can actually read all of my question and give a reply ='(

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February 22, 2019 at 06:16:34
didnt read it all, but yes go to a tech shop and ask the guy to upgarde your ram from 1x4GB of LPDDR3 to 2x4GB of LPDDR3 configured in dual channel

4GB is just not good enough anymore for windows 10 to run properly

should cost about 25$

i5-6600K[delid]@4.7GHz/4.4GHz cache/@1.395v LLC=6 | 2x4GB Crucial-DDR4-2400CL17@14-15-15-28 1T 3000MHz@1.4v | Sapphire Nitro+ SE RX 590 8GB@1680Mhz core@1.18v/2300MHz

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February 22, 2019 at 06:52:15
Or run the scanner (quite safe to use); double check what they advise; and perhaps buy from them and install it yourself?

Crucial recommend solid, sound RAM etc. known to be fully compatible with whichever system they have scanned etc.

Be wary of very cheap RAM...

Removing and re-installaing/replacing RAM on just about any laptop is relatively simple and straightforward. Just remember to remove both the mains/power cord "and" the battery too; before accessing the insides and removing/replacing components - RAM especially...

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February 22, 2019 at 07:17:28
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For starters, 4GB is not a lot of RAM these days, especially for gaming or CAD. You didn't say which version of AutoCAD you have, but if you look at the requirements for AutoCAD 2019, the minimum RAM is 8GB but 16GB is recommended. Adobe Premiere Pro has the same RAM requirements.

Doing a factory reset is not how to magically fix a computer. By doing the reset, you now have a 2015 computer again. For instance, the Windows 10 version available in 2015 was 1507; the current version is 1809. Not only that, but the 2015 drivers are outdated & any of the packaged software is likely outdated as well. Everything will need to be updated. So if you didn't manually updated Windows, the drivers, & all the software, a lot of it will self-update in the background & performance will take a hit until all updates are complete.

When's the last time you cleaned the cooling vents? One thing that degrades laptop performance is heat. Desktop computers generally have numerous fans not to mention huge heatsinks on the CPU, GPU, chipsets, etc. Being that laptop hardware is in a confined space which means the heatsinks & fans are relatively small, it's very important to blow out the cooling vents with compressed air. It should be done at least once a year; more often if the laptop is used in dusty conditions. The intake vents will suck up any particles near them - dust, crumbs, fibers, smoke, etc - which build up on the heatsinks & fan blades make cooling inefficient. If the CPU reaches a certain temperature, it will "throttle", meaning it will underclock itself to try to stay cool.

If you go online a lot, it doesn't take long for internet garbage files to accumulate, so you should regularly clean your system with a cleaner such as CCleaner-Slim. Not only can it be used to take out the internet trash, but it can also be used to clean the registry, uninstall programs, & manage startup apps. Managing startup apps is extremely important because a lot of programs will automatically install a startup entry that loads into memory each time a computer is started or restarted. If you only use a programs once a week, do you really need it loaded & ready to go? It's like leaving your car idling in the driveway just waiting for you to use it. Just like a car, it's better to start programs when you need them & shut them down when you don't.

Security software is important too. Some programs have much more overhead that others. Many of the retail security programs such as McAfee & Norton/Symantec are resource hogs & should be avoided. There are plenty of lightweight freebies available that work just as good, if not better, & don't degrade system performance. And don't forget anti-malware software. Many of the antivirus programs don't handle malware or adware very good, so it's important to have the added protection of a program such as Malwarebytes.

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