awesome, thanks man. i figured it out. i must have hit the hotkey for freeze. i was able to fix it by simply clicking the "UF" button on the top toolbar (blue icon with orange UF on it). i would assume this stands for unfreeze as its next to a button labelled "F".......... for freeze.
thanks for your rapid response busdriver, i hope this thread will save somebody their monitor in the future because i know i almost put my fist thru mine over this.