I hope this is the right section - I dont ocme here very often and I admit I am VERY noob. here is the cliffs notes version: I broke my cd-rom drive a while ago, thats important to know. I do have a cd burner drive, but bios doesnt boot off it. ok - two days ago I got a "system error" box - the kind with a red X in the top right corner - but couldnt click the box away. manual shut computer off - turned on - all black screen - nothing. unplugged my monitor from my video card (i added VC after buyin ocmp) - plugged it back into its original port. now black screen still there, but with a blinking cursor in upper left corner - cant do anything tho tried a bunch of stuff... played around in BIOS... got fed up and just started changing mad settings. got into safe mode! safe mode was no fun, so i restarted again and it said "windows did not start normally last time" options: start normally start like last good starting point start in safe mode starting in safe mode is the only one that works. Did a system restore - nothing good. cant run norton in safe mode. I only have one hard drive. I dont want to reinstall windows if i dont have to. If I do, I cant find my windows key. any thoughts?