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that can be caused by a few things. 1. bad motherboard: Could be failures on the board, such as a popped capacitor, or a weakened power supply. If your video card is integrated into your board, you would replace them both.
2. bad memory: You could be losing ram integrity, and the computer could be rebooting itself. Try starting in safe mode, and also try starting in "disable reboot on failure" mode to get the error code from the blue screens.
3. corrupted windows: Your OS could be corrupt: a bad sector on the drive or a corrupted registry entry, or even a virus.
4. bad video card: The memory area of the video card could be affected just like the memory of the system board. Also, if your video is integrated onto your board, you will need to replace them both.
5. Thermal event (overheating): The cooling fans on your machine could be failing, causing the cpu to get hot and reboot.
Since you did not share any details about the crash, I cannot be specific about what is happening, but those are the 'usual suspects'
I had this problem with a Sony Digital Camera once. The memory card was full and it would not power on. I replaced the camera and was preparing to throw it away and tried turning it on one last time and only then did it briefly display a memory full error then quickly shut itself off.
I erased the memory and afterwards the camera worked fine.
So, check and make sure your memory card isn't full. If it is unload the contents onto your computer, erase it and try again.
When you say "turns itself off" do you mean the camera actually shuts off or does it just stop recording. If it just stops recording, it's because 10 seconds of video is all that will fit on the internal memory. If this is the case you just need to get a memory card for the camera.
If it's actually shutting off the power, there may be a problem with the camera. You could try posting about this problem at http://forums.steves-digicams.com/forums/view_forum.php?id=92
There are people there with a good amount of experience with these cameras.
Try removing the card and see if it will turn on with just the internal memory--or try different memory card if you have one.
Had a somewhat similar problem with a new 1GB card when I shut camera off while it was still saving an image. Camera would come on, take a picture all by itself and freeze up. After using a couple of other cards it magically worked on the bad card