[SOLVED] 4 year old messed up the desktop display Mint 15
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Hi all - I have been using Linux mint for several years quite happily. Yesterday my four year old was pounding on the keyboard and now the desktop is too big to fit the monitor and when we move the mouse the whole desktop scrolls around the display. Using the computer now is untenable, and the worst part is none of the settings seem to resolve the problem. Not knowing what was toggled we are at a loss to change it back, and the setting remained after a reboot.
I have searched the network, and a few forums but it is hard to find the information when I'm at a loss at framing the question in a concise way.
you know at this point you may want to create another user login as that user. Then add that user to sudo. and then if it is all working fine look at see what has changed between the two. it very hard to fix stuff when your sudo user is broken. It nice to assume root and go fix stuff. But again that option to login as root to fix stuff may not happen for you.
first of all you should bring your desktop back to normal size.
when you just hold your mouse against a screen edge, does the screen then "move" in that direction?
this way you should be able to find your menu, and, most probably from "Settings", something called "Monitor Settings" or similar.
There you have to apply a resolution that works.
Sometimes this can also be achieved by right-clicking the desktop => properties (or sth similar).
Just a quick thanks to all who took the time to reply to me. I took the advice that the distro was old and unsupported, and deployed a fresh distro of Mint 17.2 - upgraded the computer at the same time.