Well thanks for showing me that option, unfortunately that didn't fix the problem but upon a little googling I found how to start it in windowed mode and that finally got it to work(on a side note I also am having the same problem with The Orange Box, but does run Crysis and BF2 at max settings with no problem in full screen mode).
I believe its a driver issue with my card, because if I go into catalyst center and attempt to change the monitor resolution it does the same blank screen and computer freeze, however, if I right click n my desktop and click on "Screen Resolution" and change Windows itself it works and can be changed to whatever res. I want. Tried this with 2 different sets of drivers and got same results.
So I might need to ask this question in the free clinic forum..unless anyone has had the same issue before.
Again thanks for the help.