Post subject: New Laptop, always at 50% RAM usage Posted: Wed Jul 11, 2012 1:31 am
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Favourite OS Windows 7 Ultimate x64.
I have a relatively new laptop, roughly 2 months old, maybe 3. This hasn't been a problem, because it hasn't been so hot. It's an Asus K53Ta laptop, has the AMD A6 with the dual graphics card.
The problem is, the computer generally runs with most of my resources being eaten away. I have 6 gigs of RAM and have previously (Obviously) ran Windows 7 on lesser computers. Without the computer being eaten so bad.
It's a quad-core laptop, and I've previously only had a dual-core, with no graphics card.
I've done some Google-ing, and the only responses I've seen were "don't worry about it." which isn't quite sufficient enough, as I know it shouldn't be so tough on it.
The reason why it's suddenly an issue is because it's getting to 80 degrees in my house, and the laptop is only getting hotter to the point I feel like I'm going to melt. Also, I find it's lagging far too easy on games that used to run easy; I've recently done a factory restore, but it doesn't seem to have helped; in fact I suspect it might have made it worse off.
Any clues on how to reduce my systems usage so *I* can use my system would be greatly appreciated.
Post subject: Re: New Laptop, always at 50% RAM usage Posted: Wed Jul 11, 2012 4:58 am
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Any retail dvd should activate using retail or oem keys with Windows Vista and Windows 7. You should be able to install without a key and then after installation, go into System Properties and hit Change Product Key. There you would enter the 25-character code thats printed on the COA sticker on your laptop.
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Post subject: Re: New Laptop, always at 50% RAM usage Posted: Wed Jul 11, 2012 5:54 am
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I think I knew this. But I would personally hunt myself down and kill me if I reinstalled and found out Microsoft says my copy of Windows is no good.
I think I'll do some extensive research and calling MS and talking to support about it :I It's a pain in the ass to have to reinstall frequently.
If you have the key that came with your PC you can definately use it to reinstall, regardless of how you get the disk (as long as its the same one Premium key for Premium etc. and on same PC if the key is OEM).
Calling Microsoft could be required (but shouldn't-I've reinstalled a few times, no problems with online activation). Calling Microsoft support might cost a bit, and take a while, but if you want to do it...
If its a new laptop it might also have a recovery partition which you can access by pressing a key at startup, and you can reinstall with that same as you would with a disk.
Post subject: Re: New Laptop, always at 50% RAM usage Posted: Wed Jul 11, 2012 8:59 am
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Location Merseyside, United Kingdom
Favourite OS Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate x64
Windows 7 "eating RAM" is normal, it does this because it caches to memory to make things open and load faster. It's completely normal and if it didn't do this, you'd find Windows 7 as slow as any previous OS. Hard drives aren't fast enough and are the single biggest bottleneck in all systems.
With regards to heat, make sure it's on a flat surface like a desk and it should be fine. Laptops generally get hotter than desktops anyway so don't be surprised if its temperatures sits nearer 50-60c (122-140F), it's normal. If it gets over 65c (149F) then get worried.
Lagging on games suggests that the GPU or CPU is getting so hot that it thermally limits the clock speed. In this case I would get a cooler pad. Laptops aren't really built for gaming so their cooling isn't generally sufficient enough to run at 100% all the time without suffering some thermal limiting.
Post subject: Re: New Laptop, always at 50% RAM usage Posted: Fri Jul 13, 2012 2:37 am
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I don't have a copy of Windows 7 that is legit. Recommendations? I'd rather not replace a legit copy of Win7 with a pirated version
Download a Windows 7 SP1 iso from Microsoft/Digital River, make sure its the same edition as what your laptop came with (Pro, Home Premium, etc). Then use the key on the bottom of your laptop. I did this when I first bought my Asus K53E to get rid of the bloatware and it activated just fine, even recognized it as an OEM key.