Dell Inspiron-3558 laptop while running Visual Studio Code through Anaconda Navigator

Hello Community,

I am currently experiencing significant performance issues on my Dell Inspiron-3558 laptop while running Visual Studio Code through Anaconda Navigator. My system specifications are as follows:

Processor: Intel Core i3 5th generation

When I run Visual Studio Code from Anaconda Navigator, my laptop becomes extremely slow and unresponsive. The keyboard and mouse become unresponsive, making it difficult to use the system effectively. Here are some additional details about my setup and what I have tried so far:

1.I have added additional swap space (4GB) to help manage memory usage.
2.I experience similar performance issues while inspecting HTML elements in both Chrome and Brave browsers.
3.Docker containers and Playwright scripts also cause significant slowdowns.

    • Added an additional 4GB swap file to help with memory management.
    • Verified the swap space is active and being used by the system.
    • Used htop and gnome-system-monitor to track CPU, memory, and swap usage.
    • Identified that Visual Studio Code and browser tasks are consuming significant resources.
    • Closed other applications to free up resources.
    • Limited the number of open browser tabs.
    • Disabled unnecessary extensions in both Chrome and Brave.

I am looking for advice on the following:

    • Are there specific settings or configurations that can help reduce the resource usage of Visual Studio Code when launched from Anaconda Navigator?
    • Given my current usage, would upgrading my RAM to 8GB or 16GB significantly improve performance?
    • Is there a way to confirm the maximum RAM supported by my Dell Inspiron-3558?
    • Any additional tips or best practices to optimize system performance on Ubuntu for running resource-intensive applications like Docker, Playwright, and browsers?

I appreciate any help or suggestions you can provide. Thank you!