2011 Macbook Pro Slow...Add RAM?

slowmac89

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My 2011 Macbook pro (13", 2.3GHz i5, 4GB 1333 MHz DDR3) is slow even with minimal tasks being performed simultaneously. It has crashed 2 or 3 times in the span of its life (<7 years). I just took it to Apple everytime and they fixed it.

I recently had to reformat it because it kept freezing every 2 seconds. That problem seems to be gone now but it still hangs, and all I use it for is browsing, watching youtube and streaming movies. Would adding an extra 4GB stick of RAM help? It doesn't look like a failing HDD issue because disk utility found no errors. One weird issue is that it takes 30 mins to reboot/startup.

Other things I thought I should mention:
- all USB keys have been fried and do not work;
- the following keys do not work: Q, 1, brightness down, volume up/down, backspace.
 

jaguarskx

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If the performance has noticeably decreased and it hangs from time to time, then adding more RAM will not make a difference.

Something is definitely causing the problem. It could be something simple as the CPU is overheating due to the fact that the Macbook Pro is 6 years old. You could try to replace the thermal paste which could be deteriorating.
 

jaguarskx

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If the performance has noticeably decreased and it hangs from time to time, then adding more RAM will not make a difference.

Something is definitely causing the problem. It could be something simple as the CPU is overheating due to the fact that the Macbook Pro is 6 years old. You could try to replace the thermal paste which could be deteriorating.
 
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