How can I get my monitor display back in a usable condition?

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I was configuring a fresh install of OpenSUSE 11.1 Linux. While I was working on the graphics card (NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200) and display, I somehow set all pixels to 'white'. This severely limits use of a gui. :-) I've tried various ways to fix this but nada. My latest attempt was to reinstall everything from scratch. No change. My question:

     How can I get my monitor display back in a usable condition?
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Were you trying to turn on anything related to 3D effects?  Nvidia and compiz (the 3d effects engine) don't play well together sometimes.  I have resolved this in Fedora distributions by updating to the latest nvidia drivers from the nvidia site.  You might take a look at this link and see if it helps:
http://forums.scotsnewsletter.com/index.php?showtopic=21122
Also <ctrl>-<alt>-<backspace> will kill the X-server running. Depending on the distribution and system setup, this might leave you at a prompt that allows you to type sax2 as well.
One more update... Apparently you will need to get the OpenSUSE Nvidia drivers as described at this link:
 http://en.opensuse.org/New_NVIDIA_car

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Your solution worked, with minor variations. Based on your comments about eye candy, I reinstalled Linux eliminating the Desktop Effects pattern. Everything looks stable.

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