i unistalled the drivers in safe mode then booted in normal mode, installed the newer drivers and voila it worked. that was a great 9 hours of wasted time but now a lesson has been learned. thanks for the help guys.
it happened again today, but i noticed when i shut the computer down last night, windows did a update so i did a system retore, before the update, went into safe mode again unistalled drivers booted in normal mode, reinstalled drivers, disabled auto update. now to see if the problem stays fixed.