reply to post by Forevever
SMART only has to deal with your HD....
S.M.A.R.T. (Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology; often written as SMART) is a monitoring system for computer hard disk drives to
detect and report on various indicators of reliability, in the hope of anticipating failures.
You will get an error on boot if there is a smart problem, and also during usage. Your HD is fine. Rule that out.
As far as Ram locking your system up? Not really. Let me go into a bit more detail.
When you turn your computer on, the bios gets power, (BIOS=basic input output sytem) and performs a diagnostic. It checks video, beeps if there is an
error, and if video passes, it checks ram. It counts what it detects as functional, then saves those parameters to pass to the OS when it's booted.
Next, it searches for a bootable device, whether USB stick, CDROM, or HD. (I'll bet you don't have a floppy drive, they are obsolete, but still an
option in some bios.) You can usually set the boot order in the bios.
The bios tells your OS how much ram you have. If the bios is misreporting the amount of ram you have, your OS will try to function on it. It'll
thrash your CPU, and swap space on your HD, so check to see how much your HD light flashes while you are working. Your OS will still function with a
smaller amount of ram, but run slower and clunkier. Do you have those symptoms? Once you fill the ram buffer, you will be crawling at a snail's
pace with all you do.
You haven't reported a lack of speed or performance, yet. Need more info there.
However, if a ram chip is failing, or has dirty contacts (nicotine on the contacts, called glazing over), it will lose connection with the
motherboard, and your OS will crash, and turn things back over to the bios, in an initialization state.
Here's the catch: Your motherboard has electrons coursing through it, creating heat. Heat causing things to expand, cold causing things to
contract. Your cooling fans keep your motherboard at a functional temperature, but do nothing for the microscopic connections between the pins in
your ram. Once those connections overheat, expand, and lose contact, there is no system ram available, and the OS resets. A LOCKUP occurs when you
have TOO MANY things open at once, that your ram can't handle, and what seems like a lockup is actually a state that may take hours to resolve. We
as humans aren't patient enough to wait for hours. It's also a windoze thing. In Linux we do a crtl-alt-backspace, and we are back to normal
You haven't locked up, you are resetting.
Have you pulled you ram chips and cleaned them with a pencil eraser yet? Reseating them? Sometimes just reseating them restores the connection.