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Freeze after a few minutes

I have XP professional, 1.3 amd duron, 120 gig hd. All has been well until recently the mouse would freeze sporadically. Would reboot and all would be fine for hours...days. Now when the system has been off for, say overnight, I can boot up and run programs for 5-10 minutes and the mouse freezes. Reboot and system will freeze during post. Try to reboot again and the poor thing just says check video cable and the drive lights flash and it has a strange continuous sort of beeps.
I tried switching the memory modules, watching to see if the fans are working...yes. Should I change the video card? CPU? or could it be the goop between the heat sink and the cpu? Any suggestions would be appreciated. I took the A+ class, but I have very little actual experience so don't make things to complicated!!!!

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Sudden changes in behavior can usually be traced to some event change, software or hardware. On the software side take note of any new programs (scan for spyware/virus), the hardware side should be obvious.

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"Strange continuous sort of beeps" if they are coming from your speaker count the number of beeps, and their intervals, you may be getting a BIOS beep code. Look up your Motherboard's BIOS error beep codes, and see if any of them match what you're hearing, if so troubleshoot
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Its fixed!!!! I changed the power supply and it works better than new. The connector to the motherboard had four areas of brown scorch. In the prosess I checked the ram..ok, upgraded the video card, but the power supply was the charm. I read in my A+ book, that intermittant problems are often the power supply, and also that is the most common problem. Yipee!!!!!!!!! Thanks to all that offered help.

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