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How to fix the stretched screen

by tokoG / January 23, 2008 3:17 PM PST

Hi. My stupid cat walked on my TOSHIBA M30 laptop and made few beep noises, then the next thing I realised was that the screen is streched out horizontally that the characters are big and blurr so hard to read, and I don't know how to fix this.

Whilst pressing "Fn" on my key board, tried pressing F1 - F12 but nothing happened except other commands poped up.

Tried control panel but I couldn't find anything relative.

Does anyone know what happened and how to fix this?

Thank you very very much!!

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by PudgyOne / January 23, 2008 5:59 PM PST

control panel/display/settings

mine are 1280 x 800 32 bit If you use 800 x 600 everything will be big.

click on desktop

choose picture

choose center. Stretch will stretch out the picture to full screen. Can sometimes distort things.

Hope this is what you're looking for.


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thanks for the reply but didn't sort out!
by tokoG / January 24, 2008 11:12 AM PST
In reply to: Go to


Thanks for your time replying to my question. Happy

You mean, to click "desktop" from control panel display setting?
I think I know what you mean by "centre" that's what I use when I change my desk top wall paper. Is this the page you are talking about?

I use 1024 * 768 pixel and my picture is right in the "centre". So, I think the problem is something else?

It's what my cat did just by walking on the key board so I wondered if there are any ways to fix this just pressing some combination of the keys...?

The new setting (stretched one) is not so bad... a bit blurry compared to what I had before. Well, keep searching for the answer.. Wink

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Remember the video
by PudgyOne / January 24, 2008 5:30 PM PST

try System Restore. Go back to the first Reatore point before your cat walked on your keyboard.


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Figured it out!
by obrow093 / January 12, 2012 3:48 PM PST

Same thing happened to me last night on my laptop (same model exactly). Super simple to fix!

Hold down Fn key
Press the space bar
Use the space bar to move to the "normal" setting

Voila! Everything goes back to normal Happy

Hope that helps!

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by RanbowFire / April 12, 2013 11:31 AM PDT
In reply to: Figured it out!

How the fuq did you figure that one out?! One of the kittens did exactly the same thing to my Altec Lansing(?) Asus Notebook/netbook (no idea!). I had no idea what I was googling, and there they were: feline shenanigans.

Thanks HEAPS!

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(NT) thanks!
by pong-pagong / March 18, 2014 11:34 AM PDT
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by RainbowUnicorn2134 / December 10, 2015 4:32 PM PST
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Oh my gosh the same thing happened to me my Burmiese cat walked over the top of my keyboard on my Toshiba laptop and I tried pressing every button and nothing worked and then I came on here and had a look at the replies and found this! Omg your a lifesaver! it was so annoying when I was typing up some things on like Word and notepad and stickynotes for school! Thank you again! Happy

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This is so funny
by James Denison / December 10, 2015 4:57 PM PST
In reply to: THANK YOU SO MUCH!

I use a desktop keyboard and my cat used to step on the power off key, so I finally just pulled it completely off. Once it started power down, it had to go through the entire sequence and only then power back up. Now on Linux when I finish, I can press CTRL - ALT - L key combo, lock it, and not worry about other keys anymore.

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Re: lock
by Kees_B Forum moderator / December 11, 2015 2:16 AM PST
In reply to: This is so funny

You know, in Windows it's one key less. Winkey + L to lock. I've never seen a keyboard with a "Linux" key. Definitely a disadvantage of using such a niche operating system.

You must have a very smart cat to press ctrl-alt-del and login.


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by James Denison / December 11, 2015 10:33 AM PST
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The "power" key is just a single key. Hit it and the computer goes into a shutdown sequence.

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by mjkavin / January 16, 2016 7:44 AM PST
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which fn key?

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Fn key functions vary with make and model.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 16, 2016 10:50 AM PST
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Try a new top post to dive into what your make+model laptop or other has.

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(NT) Oh hey, that fixed it for me this morning, too :) Thanks!!
by teri ritzert / January 30, 2016 2:23 AM PST
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You are amazing
by jessicaissorad / February 28, 2016 7:04 PM PST
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Oh my gosh. You're amazing. I love you.

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However you worked this out you're a genius!!!
by L-Mack / May 29, 2016 3:18 AM PDT
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OMG my cat did the same thing. She keeps sitting on my toshiba laptop.

I was searching through the settings, control panel etc... wouldn't have ever figured this out!!


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How to fix the stretched screen
by PCProfessor / December 11, 2015 7:26 AM PST
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by mariaaort / February 24, 2016 2:48 PM PST

Hi, I updated my lap top to windows 10 a few months ago and recently my screen has stretched out and I have no idea what to do. I was told I had to do some updates and I tried to update Java but a error keeps coming up. Can someone help me please? Thank you.

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Do you use Java? Most don't. Just uninstall that.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 24, 2016 4:11 PM PST
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As to the screen. Make a new post as this one is buried.

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