are you up for another challange?
the problem with the random shutdowns seemed to go away. so i downloaded abuntu. it both os worked last night and i went to bed. this morning i tried to turn on my computer and boot into windows. it wold get past the boot screen and then go black. frustrated, i tried to boot in ubuntu and it told me stuff like improper shutdown, unclean files and even gave me an error code (error code = 15) but no boot. is it some other hardware issue causing the problems? is it ram like Newf said, i ram memtest86+ for 10 minutes (came installed with ubuntu).