Chris777 September 21, 2012 at 06:46:51 Specs: Windows XP Home , intel dual core 2.0 ghz/2gb
programs wont open hard drive rarely makes a sound but system is running cool. harddrive is about 5 years old. running windows xp home with service pack 3 if restart I am lucky if I can run one partially before lock up.is this a power supply issue or hard drive?
Sounds more like the machine is "freezing" than a true HDD lockup (which would usually cause a blue-screen of death). Look inside to see if you have any bulging capacitors on the motherboard (a more common problem with OEM machines of 4 to 7 years old).
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