okay so i fixed the problem by booting it without an ide hdd i was using solely for storage. I wouldnt think that would be the thing keeping it from booting but ive seen crazier things. The weird thing is that now it boots just fine with the ide hdd plugged in. Also do you guys think this is related to my games crashing? I dont see why a storage drive would cause my computer to crash when my computer isn't even accessing the drive.