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can i fix my display settings once i messed them up?

Posted on 2008-10-05
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i was messing around with the display settings on my moniter because when i had started it up i had it connected to my laptop via s-video. i was prompted to setup the connection but i guess the svid is for output to TVs only and not laptops.

Anyway so i was goofing in Start>control panel>Display>settings tab

I think i pressed something along the lines of "extend my desktop to the other monitor". After i did this i was unable to view porgram after opening them. By clicking on the program in the taskbar i could see it minimizing and maximizing into an outside area of my desktop monitor.

I restarted my desktop and now im stuck, the OS loads and the display is visable up until the windows xp screen where you usually see the desktop appear.

What cna i do to fix this? im on my laptop and i need answers urgently.


i was using a CRT monitor on my desktop and my video card is a GeForce 6800 GS.
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Question by:vaavoom
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Boot to safe mode (F8)

Once in Safe Mode

Go to the display settings by right-clicking the desktop

Click the Settings tab.

Then you can change the display settings back to the original configuration.

Let me know if it works.

Glenn
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by:hewittg
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oops,

restart after setting in safe mode
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by:vaavoom
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in safe mode i was not given the same options as in refgular mode. i was able to get to my desktop in safe mode so restarted to see what would happen, the result is the same except i can now see my cursor on the screen but the screen is still black.
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by:vaavoom
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i went into VGA mode to explore my options and was able to get to the desktop. it prompted me that the display drivers from my g card would need to be re installed and so i did because the display was in 800 x 600. i installed the drivers and restarted only to be returned to the same blank screen...
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by:carlsiy
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you could try entering safe mode then removing your video card driver. when the pc restarts it would revert to a default low setting. you can then start reinstalling the video driver.
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solution was to use system restore.
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