the timer icon is a clock, It sounds like you are in twm (a famous windows manager)
If it's fuzzy you may need to configure X (or adjust the monitor)
there are a few tools to configure X. Xconfigurator usually works good.
as far as this
it is known as a command prompt. It means you are in a shell (probably bash) and the system is ready for you to enter commands.
try typing Xconfigurator and see if that works.
If you don't like twm try another window manager. If you did not install any others you might want to install and try wmaker, gnome, or kde.
Last edited by DavidPhillips; 05-22-2003 at 11:28 AM.