Thanks for the reply. I know it's been several weeks, but things have been so hectic that I've tried to stick to Windows on the few chances I've been able to relax so I didn't have to worry about this. I've tried Linux a little here and there in between, and I've had mixed results. I will let you know, however, that the Ctrl+Alt+Backspace trick did not work for me. Apparently, my system becomes COMPLETELY inoperable.
Because of forced to having to totally reboot, sorting to the last 50 seems to only give me boot up information, so I figured I need to go back farther in the logs. I copied and pasted the info into text files, since less didn't seem all that user friendly to me. Unfortunately, there's so much in here, and I don't know what I'm looking for. If one of you could take a look, I would appreciate it. If it's too much, I understand.
dmesg is in its entirety, but it appears to be only from the last startup, so having to reboot, so I'm not sure how much help that one will be. for /var/log/messages, I only did the log as of today, so hopefully it'll be easier to find an issue in there.
Please let me know what you find. Thanks!!