xp sporadically freezing

Packard bell / Igo 2000
May 13, 2009 at 08:55:31
Specs: Windows XP Home Edit SP3, 1.3 GHZ Pentium 3, 6
I've had this laptop now for around 3 years.. It has worked really well. But the last few nights it has random fits where it will freeze completely and the mouse pad is non responsive as is ctrl+alt+del. Originally thought to be overheating as when it first happened the base was quite warm. I did leave it over-night unplugged turned it on the next day and it worked for a few minutes then it happened again leading me to think it isnt a heat related prob. Any help would be greatly recieved.

Intel Celeron Mobile 1.5ghz
351 Ram (32 for video)
40gb HDD

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May 13, 2009 at 09:11:25
It only takes a minute for a machine to heat up if the fan isn't spinning or it's clogged with dust. Take it apart and check it. Also download a program called MEMTEST and run it to check your RAM.

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May 13, 2009 at 13:01:52
It hasn't got any dust in it as I regulary check/clean it. I would try the memtest tool if it stayed on long enough!

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