Blue screen a few seconds after desktop shows up

On startup, the Windows desktop shows up, but after a few seconds the screen went blue, with no text of any kind. When I turned my computer on and off manually, I get a black screen that asks me if I want to go into safe mode. It says to use the arrows keys and press enter to choose which mode to go into, but the keyboard is unresponsive at this screen.

What do I do? How do I get into safe mode? Do I need to bring my computer in to the computer repair shop?

My system is:
Intel Core i7-920
Diamond Radeon HD 5970
Patriot DDR3 6GB 1333MHz Tri Channel
Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD3R
Corsair CMPSU-650TX- 650W
WD 750GB Serial ATA/300HD, 32 MB buffer
Cooler Master HAF 932
Lite-On 24X SATA DVD-RW Gen II
Netgear WG311 G PCI 54 Mbps Wireless-G PCI Adapter
Windows 7 Home Premium
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  1. Nobody?

    Ok I called my friend who built the computer, and he suggested taking the 5970 out, turning on the computer and waiting a couple of minutes, putting the video card back in, and restarting. Said that should restart BIOS or something and that the computer might start working. I'll do it and come back to see if that solved the problem.
  2. Don't bother with a repair shop. Do you have the W7 DVD? If so, just boot from that and so a start up repair. It usually gets the job done. It'll work or you'll have to do a system restore to get you back up and running.
  3. Windows 7 DVD is actually at home, I'm at my apartment (college student).

    Didn't need it though. Taking out and putting back in the video card seemed to solve the problem.
  4. sounds more like a badly seated video card than a software issue.
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