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xp and pc issues

hi all,
ok i have got a serious problem. i got a 80GB 7200 RPM Samsung harddrive just last week. The problem is that everytime I install XP (3 times and counting) within a day or 2 my computer continually sticks and freezes. It has a harddrive cooler attached to it. I have tried defragmenting the drive but that doesnt help.
Secondly i have some heat issues with my computer to point that i had to open the case and leave it open and put a fan to blow on it continually else it shuts off. What can i do about that?
And the third thing is that i notice my USB ports all four of them randomly stop working until i restart my computer. What do i do?
Thanks so much in advance for your help!!

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XP is not enough.

XP without SP2 has no firewall. Also, not all the drivers will be on XP CD or from Microsoft. Your post alone would make a machine that should have problems withing minutes of being on the internet.


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I believe the second....

of the three problems is likely the cause of the other two. An overheating processor will bring a machine to a quick halt.

Sometimes a cleaning of the dust in and around the heat sink will be enough, sometimes reapplying heat sink compound will help.

Another possible problem area is an under performing power supply . A swap with a new and higher output PS may be called for.

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