What can be done to to resuscitate an old iBook ?

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My iBook (14.1 LCD 16 VRAM) purchased in 2002, has been working
until this summer. Since then if freezes after 5-60 min of use. It
cannot (re)start immediately but requires several attempts. The
battery is
perfect and the hard disk also (they were both tested by a local
dealer). I have also removed and reinserted the RAM stick and in
instance used an external screen, without any amelioration. According
to a
local Apple dealer the problem resides in the motherboard (ageing?)
and replacing it
would be too expansive considering the value of the computer. Anybody
has an
advice on what can be done to refine this diagnosis or to attempt a

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