Thanks for your help, Harry. I wanted to get my files backed up before I tried anything, so I took the computer to Best Buy and had them back everything up on the hard drive. The hard drive appears to be fine.
When I called Dell, they sent me two CD's. One is for the OS, the other CD is green and it is for the Drivers And Utilities. Any idea on what I'm supposed to do with these? I can't boot in safe mode, but I can get to the BIOS screen using F2.
I'm willing to try anything. As mentioned before, saving files and documents is no longer a concern for me. I'd just like to get this black screen to go away!