the weird thing about gettng this update last week is I haven't had my daily freezes, seizes, and multiple reboots since then. Not a coincidence.
I have long had the opnion that my I/O, mobo, and old phenom were too easily taxed and obviously not in concert...and also suspected kernel issues with my apparatus, ergo hardware and software together. I have no kernel taint (there's a cool command to see this).
I realize this was a grub fix applied to bios and kernel, but it's cleared up the crashes so far.
Anyway, thank you all the same JoshStrobl for the update.