Originally Posted by snares
Was it just happening on the boot screen or was the login distorted too. In any case it could be that the monitor isn't being reconized properly. This happens to me from time to time. All that is needed is to edit the xorg.conf file. Before you edit anything you should post your xorg.conf file to be sure.
sudo gedit /etc/X11/xorg.conf
then scroll down till you see the Section "Monitor" spot. Usually it is the Horzsync and the Vertrefresh options that are wrong. Look on the back of you monitor it should say the proper numbers. If not go to the manufacturers website and look up support and of course RTFM. The just change those values acordingly. Then save and it should be fixed.
If you can't find the right values. Setting both to 30-60 work for me 99% of the time.
Not sure why Wine would throw it off though.
The boot screen is fine, it only goes haywire when it gets to the login screen. And if I type in the login and password, even though I can't read anything (it's that distorted) I can tell it logs in and the desktop is distorted as well.
Here comes the really dumb question: If I can't see anything on the screen, how do I get to terminal? Is there a way to get to terminal before the log in?
Told you, total newbie with linux.
BTW, I connected a Samsung monitor instead of the 50" vizio plasma and the display looked the same...