The cursor is visible, but unblinking, and moves with my mouse.
Is this still right? Are you seeing a mouse arrow or a cursor?When you are at this stage did you try to press CTRL ALT DEL to get into task manager? If you can start task manager then you should start explorer.exe.It sounds like the driver installation has caused a problem...The installation was fine until you had to install a driver and restart...? What about removing some components and starting the computer...For example if there was a problem with the cd drive and you removed it the computer might start...Also the video card...I would also change the hard drive and see if you can get it working then...this will prove that it is not the computer...