|I can't see why you'd have to have reloaded it so many times either.|
It could be some other part such as memory, power supply or really almost any part going bad or never working.
I think I'd use some sort of tests. Have someone download ultimate boot cd maybe and burn it to a disk. Boot to it and try some of the tests. Start with memtest.
If you want you can easily try linux either on a bootable cd/dvd or make a usb flash drive. Either would allow you to try linux without any damage to your install. See distrowatch.com and pendrivelinux.com for places to start.
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