When I get into safe mode, all that shows up is a recovery console. Even though it has an option to do system restore, it tells you that you have no saved points to restore from. I think I forgot to mention something. When I boot up normally, only a black screen shows up with a mouse pointer int he middle of the screen. But I can access task manager from here and open Internet explorer manually with New Task > iexplore.exe . Also, do you think the new video card is the problem?
At this point I see my best option is to downgrade to Windows XP, but how would I create a new partition to install it in if I can't see the desktop?
scratch that...even normal bootup takes me to the recovery console