Processor crashes/minidumps

Intel Pentium 4 - 2.53ghz processor
May 7, 2010 at 20:40:56
Specs: Windows XP
I have had problems with my HP Pavilion 724c (Pentium 4 processor, 2.53 GHz, 512 MB) ever since I got it in 2003. I had to send it back within a year to replace the hard disk drive. I was unable to do a recovery because HP did not set-up the computer to do so. (There was a lawsuit about this.) To this day, the computer still looks for a phantom start-up disk that never came with the computer. It’s getting more difficult to get the computer to even start and let alone stay on with the constant mini-dump problem. The processor just shuts down and won’t operate for a while.
I have cleaned the fans several times with compressed air, done countless system restores, unplugged and plugged in everything countless times, changed the configurations with F1-F5, removed many of the incompatible and annoying programs that were originally included (Norton, Weatherbug), shut-down programs with start-up cop. And just about erased anything unimportant. Is it worth doing anything else at this point? I got SP2 loaded on about a year and a half ago. That doesn’t seem to affect it. Should I just go computer shopping soon?? It’s become too unreliable to fool with on a daily basis. Sometimes it won't start at all. I have to fool it constantly plugging/unplugging main power cords.

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May 7, 2010 at 21:15:30
"I have to fool it constantly plugging/unplugging main power cords"

Symptoms of a failing power supply.

"the constant mini-dump problem"

Symptoms of bad RAM.

"The processor just shuts down and won’t operate for a while"

Symptoms of an overheating CPU.

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May 8, 2010 at 19:17:13
Thanks for you input! Does it seem feasible to just buy a new system then since this computer is 7 years old?

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June 25, 2010 at 23:46:48
Hey, I had many of the same problems and frustrations as you with my 724c. However, last week I read somewhere that it could be a motherboard battery issue. I replaced the battery, and now I haven't had an automatic reboot, shut down, or any of the other errors since. I'm crossing my fingers. You might want to try this before buying a new system.

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June 26, 2010 at 16:04:05
Thanks for input! I'm beginning to think it has to do with power box and electrical wiring in the house. The furnace hasn't been running and the computer is running well this summer!

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