[SOLVED] display stretched with no task bars showing.
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I'm going to start by saying Oh My God i'm so sorry D: Please bare with me i'm not a techy at all D:
Ok so i have a hp laptop with a cracked screen so i'm using and external monitor. It is an HP vs15c. Now it was working fine.. perfect even.. until i was working on a second virus infect pc in bed with the keyboard connection to this pc next to me. What happened next is a bit embarrassing and also why i have no idea what i did or how to fix it. Well i found the virus in the laptop i was repairing (god i hate vista.) when i wiggled in excitement .. only the keyboard slide under my breast and the next thing i know my screen looks stretched and i have no bars. i can move my mouse beyond the right and the bottom edges of the screen and i can't change anything cause i can't get any option.. or least i don't know how to get them without the bars.. i can't even reboot if i wanted to cause my task bar is GONE. the bottom active bar is there.. off screen where i can see it but if i drag my mouse down far enough it is there to click on things. However the top bar that i need is gone. I am NOT good with terminal.. nor do i know how to open it without the top task bar. Right now i'm cursing a storm and being very angry about being a woman.
Jeez, you're good for quite a few laughs and I thank you for that. Haven't laughed this loud for a lot of time. You sure have a way of putting things 'colored'. Now, can you tell us what distro, version and desktop environment you are using? Before you go asking what the *** I'm talking about: Are you using Ubuntu as indicated by the icon below your username? If so what version? 10.10, 11.04? And are you using Gnome or KDE?
Oppsie. I knew i forgot some detail in my wild rant. I'm using ubuntu 10.10. And i think gnome because i have no idea what the other one is.. and if it isn't gnome then i've totally been updating the wrong thing LOL
distro is the linux line right? Like ubuntu or fedora? I'm not good with short forms.. or really the real name of things. Also.. i'm not the one who installed linux on this system so some information i might not be able to get without help at the moment. My fiance does the coding and he is umm.. 1000miles away on base. But i'll do my best ( and if i learn i won't need him ... that sounds kinda mean but.. you know what i meant!!)
Distro is the distribution build around the Linux kernel, which is the heart of the operating system, indeed like Ubuntu, Fedora, Debian, Red Hat, and so on. Do you have a menu popup when you right click on any space of the desktop (not an application window but the desktop itself)?
I do. The standard background/desktop pop up. "change desktop background" "create folder" "create launcher" and so on. Nothing that i can find to help. X.x; Makes me wonder if i roll my breasts on the keyboard again maybe it'll type the right thing to make it work again.... ya i know it won't work.. but i'm frustrated with trying other things.
Edit: Even though i said i wouldn't.. i had to try. My breast seemed to have hit the numbers and enter key while on the desktop and a music file was selected. it had opened the music file in the movie maker and then put it to full screen. When i'd first noticed me screened messed up it was after closing out the full screen and a dialog box stating movie maker didn't have the drivers for the media file. Maybe the new information can help? Least you now know my boob was typing on the number pad of the keyboard... and some of the arrows. Umm numlock was off.
Last edited by Kajikitsune; 05-21-2011 at 06:36 AM.
Sorry, my bad, mixing stuff up. It has been a while since I worked with Ubuntu. If I understand you correctly then you have no access to the menu bar, the Application, System menus? You could try what you suggest but there would be a chance of one in a 1000 or less to revert what you did
One thing you could try is right click as you did before and in the popup window select Create launcher, next type a name in the name field and in the command field type:
and click on the OK button. That will create an icon on your desktop, hopefully within your view, from which you can open de display property window and correct the settings.
ok that pulls up the monitors resolution. But i have it the max it can go. What it looks like is the desktop is set to the laptop screen ( which is larger) and is on the 15" hp screen. Which is at it'd max resolution and the laptop is set to the HP screen.
Also, yes the task bar at the top has the application , places, and system on it.
If i knew how to pull the pop up window for that bar up i could fix it. It seems like the bars got unselected perhaps? but it doesn't explain why the screen stretched. I am so punishing my chest for this later! Corset all week. *mutters bitterly* men are so lucky LOL.
LOL, that's your point of view of us men being lucky.
Now you got me at a loss, is your screen stretched so that the panel bar is outside the visible screen? Or did the panel bar disappear? And don't be to hard on your chest, I'm sure she/they'll remember the stress they caused you.
the screen is stretched to the lower bar.. the active windows bar or whatever it is call is off screen but the top bar is just plain gone. the screen stretched right and down. Not up. So i'm not sure how to get that bar back. I'm so confused on how i killed linux.. i swear i'm the only person alive who can kill linux with her boobs D:
Is there a way to launch the preferences tab without the top bar? i'm not good with terminal so i'm a bit shy about trying.. however at this point i'd be willing to speed learn to code if i had to.
Is there a way to use my other linux pc to help me? I have a linux desktop too. I love pcs <3
But i have some good news.... a linux program is fixing a windows program at the moment. That makes me happy inside.
Which preferences tab are you referring to? If you think that your panel (top bar) is still there but out of view, then why don't you set the display resolution lower so you can see it again and access whatever you need? You can change the resolution settings through the icon you created earlier. Would that do?
ok, i got my screen back to normal size. now i have no bottom or top bars. Making progress but i can't figure out where those bars went too.
As for the preferences.. i was meaning the general drop down under the systems. But i don't think it'll do me good.I'm almost positive there is a shortcut for making those come back. Maybe i just need sleep X.x;;
By the way... thank you so much for all this help. It is doing me wonders <3
Just curious... Have you tried running "pkill gnome-panel" yet? Normallly when I jack up my own themes, I have to run that in order to restore my panel. Just thought that might work for you....
Besides that, If anything, you could back up your existing .gnome2_private and .gnome2 directories, and then remove the original directories to see if that would switch any settings back to default. The code is here:
Now before you go running the last two commands, be advised - Using the -rf flags, when used without care, can wipe your whole data structure on your hard drive. But anyways.... After you perform those commands, Log out, and log back in. Let me know if that helps at all!
I figured it out! It took a bit but i figured it out with skype and my fiance. it turned out that my pc turned on dual screens. Which i didn't even know i could do! Bad side? The screen with the panels was the one that doesn't work. So that first launch i was directed to make actually fixed the whole thing.. i didn't even think to look to see if the second screen was turned on! now i have to figure out how to reset my desktop environment LOL
thank you so so so SO much for all the help.
edit: I fixed my environment too!
Last edited by Kajikitsune; 05-21-2011 at 02:00 PM.