Computer randomly freezes

Gateway / ??
February 16, 2009 at 12:05:31
Specs: Windows XP SP3, P4 1.5 / 640mb
My Gateway P4 1.5gz 640mb ram freezes randomly. I could be working on an Excel spreadsheet and it freezes or while applying Windows Updates. Sometimes after a freeze, the computer will not POST and I have to remove the BIOS battery for 30min with the power cable out to make it boot again. I've reseated the heatsink on the CPU with plenty of thermal paste, checked the memory and HDD and both are fine. What should I do next?

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#1
February 16, 2009 at 13:44:16
Replace the power supply after verifying the memory checks out. Use http://www.memtest86.com/ to check your ram for failures.

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#2
February 18, 2009 at 05:30:21
maybe check the processes and registry to see if a program or file is causing it to be unstable

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