Since then the video card wouldn't work. I first thought it was a driver issue and uninstalled and reinstalled the drivers (properly, removing all of the old drivers first, then using driver sweeper. However, the display works only when I boot into safe mode or when I delete all of the drivers and vista installs the basic VGA driver.
Next, since I had never reinstalled windows vista, I formatted the partition and reinstalled windows. The same problem occurred first when vista automatically installed the drivers then when I cleaned them out and installed the latest. Same again when I tried a friend's new GeForce 8800. As long as I am either in safe mode or running vista's vga driver, I have a display.
I finally tried reinstalling my ASUS (ATI) EAX1550. Same problem again except it is a little worse because it is almost impossible to prevent vista installing the ATI drivers and as long as I am running anything other then the basic VGA drivers or in safe mode, I have no display. The computer starts fine, the Microsoft thing with the moving bar comes up, but when the desktop should display, the screen goes black and "no signal".
It really seems like a hardware problem to me and I wonder if the round yellow thing I hit could be the cause of all of my problems. I am debating whether I just bite the bullet and try a new MB. My biggest concern is my wife and kids seeing me crying like a baby if I go to all of that work and there is no improvement.....
I know that when I have done something stupid like this, it is difficult to give an opinion but I would be interested in anyone's input.