i have a suspicion, that i know what messed it up. i'm blaming Advanced Windows Care for this. >:( i did a scan and it 'fixed' stuff before i restarted last time. and a day later, it happened. so, i think i SHOULD try system restore. or start with 'last known good configuration' mode. i dunno. what do you guys think?
my video card is a NVIDIA Vanta/Vanta LT..if that helps.
EDIT: ack!! then again, i'm not sure i should do a system restore. i would need 1GB. why? 'cause there are only restore points for these past 3 days, and if i put it to the lowest setting, on 200MB, the earliest day to do it disappears. so..can't do that. :( i don't care if i run safe mode forever, i just want my music. the computer won't run unless it's on safe mode. this is SO NOT FAIR!!!