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I have a problem with an old pc. i turn it on... play a game or watch a movie... and the image freezes, no response, num lock button freeze. sometimes it takes about 2-3 min after windows log in, and sometimes it takes even an hour. sometimes it makes a beep before freeze. power source or hdd i don`t know... and the memory sticks are 1 x 512mb 2 x 256 different frequencies all three. intel pentium 4 2.4 ghz, 40gb ide hdd, 1 gb ram, 128 mb nvidia vga, the hdd is changed from a 80gb s-ata because i thought the hdd was the problem. any ideeas ? thank you in advance.

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Usually this is an overheating problem.
Clean the fans on the CPU, try refitting the HSF on the CPU, you will need to clean off the old thermal compound, and buy some new stuff.
Youtube has plenty of guides showing you exactly how to do it

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