The video card should be good since you can see the BIOS stuff when it POSTS.
There's a couple of things that can cause this - a failing hard drive, a messed up boot sector, corrupted video drivers, or a corrupted Windows installation.
The first thing to do is to go into the Recovery Console and type "fixboot" (without the quotes) and press Enter. Then type "fixmbr" (without the quotes) and press Enter. Then reboot and see if you can get in.
If not, then try booting into Safe Mode - does that work? Does it have an option to boot to VGA mode? Does that work?
You can download a bootable diagnostic utility from the manufacturer of your hard drive and use it to test the hard drive.
To fix the video drivers, you'll have to get into Windows - so the next step would be a repair install of XP. It's a PITA, but it's the surest way to ensure that you get into Windows. There may be a problem if Internet Explorer 7 is installed (see this link: http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=917964
) but you can still use the commands that it gives for the Recovery Console.
Then use this link for the repair install: http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/XPrepairinstall.htm
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