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Win XP randomly freezing

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Hi have a problem and i was wondering if anyone knows what could be causing it-
My computer keeps randomly freezing. it will do it when i have nothing running or when i have several programmes open. Nothing responds and i end up having to press the button on the harddrive to restart. its really annoying and i have no idea whats causing it- can anyone help?
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I ran into the same problem recently with a Compaq Presario and it tuned out to be a bad mobo, although the sme symptoms can be caused by any number of things including the power supply, memory, or a hot processor. Make sure all your fans are running and not making noises they shouldn't. If you feel comfortable "cracking the case" you could always try changing the memory (if you have any hanging around), swapping out the power supply (again...if one is available), and be sure to use a static strap as you rummage around in the case...static can be deadly to your machine. If none of that changes the random lock ups, it just may be the mobo.

Before you start any of the above listed troubleshooting, you should wait for a reply from some of the staffers or trusted helpers...these folks are truly remarkable!

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good advice all around...

freeze ups are often heat related, so clean the dust bunnies from your fans.

Also, just to rule it out, take a small fan and run it across the case with teh side open to see if it repeats.

In the meantime

start > run

see if there are any red xs in apps or system at the time of the freeze
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