ok, my screen displays "starting windows" but when it comes to the logo screen it goes black. the windows notification sound plays, so I know that the processor is working, but the only way I can get a display is in safe mode. I have the lowest resolution enabled and all display adapters are enabled
What kind of graphics card are you using? Are you using the integrated graphics card or a discreet graphics card?
Your best option is booting into safe mode with networking, uninstalling your current graphics drivers, downloading the most up to date drivers from the nVidia, ATI, or Intel website, and reinstalling them.