Hello to all and thanks for helping.
Did a very dumb thing in retrospect. My computer running windows vista is connected to my flat screen TV with a HDMI cable because monitor is broken. Windows did an update the other day when I turned on my computer. After completing the update Google Chrome repeatedly crashed. I thought it might be a virus and tried to troubleshoot starting with a full scan running Windows Defender in safe mode.
I used the msconfig to select minimal safe mode, and restarted the computer, not realizing the drivers for the external monitor would be disabled. So now I have no way to see the screen that is loading. Is the first screen the logon page, the desktop page in safe mode, or some other page because I keep pulling out the plug to shutdown the computer. In addition I have used the F8 key along the way so don't know if that has altered the original sequence of how pages load. One other thing....I have two users on my computer, so don't know if I have to first choose the user. One requires a password the other doesn't. I was using the one with the password when I wrecked my computer.
I have tried to logon with no luck.
After I think the page is loaded I left click the mouse on the touchpad and then type in my password.
From there I have tried many combinations of keys and shortcuts. I hit the windows key+R , thinking the the run window will pop up. Press the delete key to clear the contents of the run box and left click the touchpad to be certain the the cursor in the box and it is active. I enter msconfig and have tried several combinations to see if I can get my computer to restart. No luck so far. Before I junk I would appreciate advice. Its not worth fixing the monitor or inverter board. I took it all apart and not sure if the wire to the inverter was abraded by the hinge. When the monitor first went dark, I was able to see my screen with a bright flashlight. But thats another story.
Any help would be appreciated.