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OK...I believe that we need to focus on things which really are operational problems or known errors...rather than try to understand why something is reported incorrectly.
<<I've also experienced a lot of Explorer, Firefox and Opera shutdowns along with other shutdowns like the computer shutting itself down and re-booting.>>
Whatever is prompting these known irregularities (there may be more) is possibly responsible for other situations, such as incorrect reporting of hardware. If we can attempt to solve these things, then we probably will solve the other.
1st Step: I want you take a look in Event Viewer (after reading/understanding the following link) and take note of the last 4/5 errors noted on all three tabs. When you come upon an error, double-click on it...look at and copy the details...and post the error and the details (word for word) here and I think we can start moving forward.
What is the Event Viewer, and Should I Care - Ask Leo! - http://ask-leo.com/what_is_the_event_viewe...uld_i_care.html
And, since you are concerned about drivers, take a look in Device Manager and see if there are any yellow or red markings by any item viewable.
Device Manager Basics - http://www.cybertechhelp.com/tutorial/arti...-manager-basics
If there are, note which item the marks are by and report that info back to us.
FWIW: Update Those Drivers - http://www.cyberwalker.net/columns/aug00/310800.html
Reading material, not a suggestion