When my old hard drive died I installed a new blank one and put Linux Mint 10 onto that from a LiveUSB, and it's been working fine for months. But recently I've seen a strange appearance to the display. Here's a link to the image if you remove the xxxxx and spaces ----> http://farm9.staticflickr xxxxx .com/8299/7779918894_eaf8a7fca7.jpg
I noticed freezing, strange pixelation in the form of tan/blue cross hatching on the display, and on restarting after a freeze the normal menu popup hadn't fully loaded - it was just a blurry white box. I restarted and noticed a line horizontally across the screen. This led to seeing two identical displays stacked on top of one another including two cursors and menu bars (but with the bottom one cut off).
I've also noticed things like the options button disappearing and reappearing on Facebook. Also an error message about a child process which I should have screencapped but didn't. Restarting again didn't put the screen back to single.. leaving the computer off for a few hours then booting up did, but the split screen returned after I restarted to fix a freeze. I tried to put the resolution at a higher setting but it was as high as it would go.
UPDATE: The computer is now unusable because the display has deteriorated to an abstract blur and I can't see anything to do anything on it. (writing from my second computer)
A friend has told me it may be a GUI problem... he recommended I download the drivers for the Nvidia video card (which I did before the graphics broke down) and then change the X Server configurations to change it back from cloning itself... but the current pixelation and lack of cursor or icons to click mean I am unable to do this configuration. I can't get into terminal either (unless there's another way another user would know about).
Is is possible I could reinstall X server by booting from USB? Or some other solution bypassing the user interface? *derp*
I would provide a Speccy screenshot if I could, but I can't access saved files or take a new one. But the brand is Medion, it's an Intel Core2 Duo, OS is Linux 10 and graphics are by Nvidia.
Any help or suggestions to point me on the right track will be appreciated.
Edited by HeadDesk, 15 August 2012 - 06:35 AM.