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With my first Linux install a few years ago I got a screen about 4 times the size of my monitor - my i810 chipset was not yet supported.
Occasionally when I install a distro, the default setting is a lower resolution screen with huge icons and some windows overflowing the screen.
You probably want to check the Xwindows configuration, confirm your video chipset is supported, and that the correct video driver is being used - in whatever order seems best to you.
No doubt better answers to follow.
Distribution: PCLinuxOS 0.93 and 0.92, Vector sometimes
First of all, try crtl-alt-+ to see if you can cycle through your available resolutions. If that doesn't help, try the config command vasm and choose X configuration. When you get to the window asking what resolutions and colour depths you want enabled, tab and space to the ones you want (it sounds like your resolution is way too low, so choose 1024x768 and higher). You select the resolutions you want by hitting the space bar. Then exit your X session and log back into X. If that doesn't work, post your XF86Config-4 file - I'm assuming you used X Free 4.2.99 during install, (it would also be good to know your video card make).