My computer was running fine, I wanted to run in safe mode - after unsuccessfully restarting in safe mode via the restart option, I went into the boot tab and did it that way (as shown here - 5 Ways to Boot into Safe Mode in Windows 8 & Windows 8.1)
After restarting, the computer turns on lights are working but monitor shows NO signs of life at all, no cursor, no flickering of anything.
I changed monitors and restarted, checked wires, turned off and on several times. Tried pressing f8 on start up, tried pressing f8 and shift on start up - but NOTHING
I also spent the last few hours combing through similar threads, most of which mention a windows 8 update and incompatibility with the graphics card. I purchased my computer only a few months ago, it came with windows 8.1 pre-installed. I use the computer for 3d sculpting so it is pretty powerful for that reason
just to be clear - I tried starting in safemode a couple of times before, but the computer did not 'seem' to boot up, so I just reset it, and it ran normally (no safe mode). Then I selected 'start up safe mode' as a boot option (from MSCONFIG), that is why I have this issue now. It seems when I tried to start up in safe mode before the computer WAS booting up, it just wasn't showing anything on the monitors like it is now