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Laptop Display turned sideways...

by ceeess2 / June 11, 2013 3:00 AM PDT

Mouse didn't want to respond easily to help me navigate! I couldn't quite manipulate well enough to get to any functions.

Had to shut down without logging off anything. Tried booting in safe mode, arrow keys on wireless keyboard wouldn't respond at all. Reboot normally did not correct the problem.
Finally realized the built in keyboard might work, and was able to restart in safe mode. Troubleshot hardware, nothing. Did a restore, and thank goodness that seems to have worked but now I am nervous that it may happen again.
Anyone had this happen? Any other way to fix this? Once it happens is it likely to recur?
HP G60 laptop purchased 2009, running Windows 7. Not my main computer, so only recently started to use it regularly. I have no idea whether I accidentally triggered via the keyboard or whether my cat might have done it! I am only semi-literate computer tech-wise.
Thanks. So relieved that at least it is fixed for now.
Might it be the wireless mouse and keyboard? Batteries maybe?
Carol ;{

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Many laptops have this feature.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 11, 2013 3:03 AM PDT
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Thanks Bob for the article
by ceeess2 / June 11, 2013 3:41 AM PDT

I don't use that function, so disabling it seems like a good idea. Thanks! I will also check out which of the hot keys might be the culprit. I don't use hot keys...

Carol

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I'd boot to Safe Mode and check for viruses
by wpgwpg / June 11, 2013 3:06 AM PDT

The first thing I'd do would be to boot to Safe Mode and check for viruses. I'm not a fan of wireless keyboards and mice because they're just too quirky sometimes, and the batteries usually go dead at the most inopportune times. When/if you have this happen again, I'd try plugging in a real keyboard and mouse to see what happens. You can buy a cheap keyboard for $10 or less and a cheap mouse for under $5.
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Good luck.

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Cat turning display sideways?
by ceeess2 / June 11, 2013 6:17 AM PDT
In reply to: My bet is on the cat.

It could be, although to invoke it seems to need 3 keys all at once.I don't think even a Siamese is quite that clever...but I've regretted thinking that before... lol C

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by ceeess2 / June 11, 2013 6:14 AM PDT

Thanks, running Norton right now.

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