[sf-lug] display totally effed

Christian Einfeldt einfeldt at gmail.com
Tue Apr 14 15:12:40 PDT 2009


On Tue, Apr 14, 2009 at 2:23 PM, chadwick crawford <testpattern at gmail.com>wrote:

> I'm running Ubuntu 8.04 on an HP pavillion dv2000 laptop.  I upgraded my
> seahorse,

Sorry, what does this mean, "seahorse"?  Did you upgrade from 8.04 to 8.10?

> because there seemed to be some problems stemming from bad configuration
> there.  And afterword, I was given some popup request to upgrade my
> desktop.  Like the half-blind fool I am, I said "OK, do that."  And then
> everything went south.  First it went into low graphics mode.  I tried to
> select the proper resolution on the laptop screen I thought was mine.  It
> wouldn't allow me to set it at anything greater than 800 by 640,

I was having a problem with this screen resolution issue, and Rick Moen
tried to help me, but I couldn't quite follow what he was saying.  However,
if you follow this thread, you might be able to use the advice that he was
trying to give me.


I eventually was able to get my 8.10 machine's screen resolution working,
but I had to download some proprietary drivers to do so.

> And now, folks, everything is *really* cattywumpus.  It seemed like
> everything was normal at first, and then the login screen came in.  Split
> into 4 columns.  I logged in, and yes, it continued.  My desktop is repeated
> in four illegible columns across my monitor.  I think that I can get to my
> Administration menu, but I can't read anything that it says.

If I were in this position, I would give it some time to see if you can get
some help from someone on this list.  And you could also try to take your
notebook to a local LUG meeting and see if you can get someone to help you
out.  If that doesn't help, I would probably move my data off of the
computer using a liveCD and then just do a fresh clean install as a last
resort after waiting to get some better advice from people on this list.

Good luck.
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