I've tried two things:
1) I attempted to hit F8 and boot in safe mode. It gave me the option to do so but after I hit enter to use safe mode the CPU just froze and nothing happened.
2) I changed the boot priority in BIOS to use the Recovery CD that came with my PC and it reads it. I do as it says and hit a key to start the CD but it just hangs with the following message, "Obtaining system configurations" or something to that effect. I actually let this run for upwards of an hour but it did nothing. The CD stopped spinning and the HD was idle...
I'm stumped and desperate for help....thanks for this great site!