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Old 01-11-2008, 10:12 AM   #1
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Exclamation how to return to default screen?


I have a Fujitsu Siemens Amilo ProV5 laptop with an Ubuntu 7.10 OS.
Problem is: this morning I tried connecting a beamer to the laptop and instead of setting the option to: second screen, I set it to default.
Now, I only see half of my desktop on the laptop "monitor" the other half on the wall, when connected to the beamer. The laptop won't even load Ubuntu without having the beamer connected to it.
My question: how do I get back to my initial defaults? I'd like to see my whole desktop on the laptop screen again and not on the wall. Another problem though: I don't see enough of the desktop on the laptop screen to be able to change the settings like this, I can't even get in the main menu.
Any ideas? Thanks.
Old 01-11-2008, 11:00 AM   #2
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You can boot to single user mode (
and edit Xorg.conf as appropriate. When finished editing, exit single user mode and the system should reboot to a repaired state.
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Alternatively for a Ubuntu fix: Open a terminal and input
dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg
That will start a text-based wizard which will reconfigure your xserver. Answer any questions you can yourself. If there are questions you can't answer then go with the given default answer. If at first you don't succeed then try again. If all else fails then specify VESA as the graphics mode, which should at least give you a gui.If you have installed a video driver e.g. Nvidia or Ati it might be knocked out and need reinstalled. If you have Compiz it needs to be restarted.
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thank you, it worked
I must say it's quite nice to see your whole screen again...


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