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HELP! Everything on my laptop screen just flipped to the side?

Asked by DrasticDreamer (23974points) September 16th, 2010

I’m currently writing this question with the words moving vertically – because the entire screen just flipped to the side and I have no idea why.

I didn’t know if restarting the laptop would be a good idea with things like this or not! So fellow flutherers, please help. Does anyone know how I can fix this? Should I try before restarting?

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Vortico's avatar

Press Ctrl – Alt – Up Arrow!

Austinlad's avatar

Nah, it’s not a big deal, you just somehow hit the key combo that flips the screen.

DrasticDreamer's avatar

I fucking love you both. <3 I had no idea it was that simple, or that could even happen. LURVE! Haha! Thank you! :)

DrasticDreamer's avatar

I should really learn more about computers. I feel all embarrassed now…

Mods: Feel free to close the question now that my problem is solved.

Vortico's avatar

Nah, it’s not common knowledge. I had to google it because I couldn’t remember.

jaytkay's avatar

It seems like a cruel trick that the key command is enabled by default. (Though now you know, and it’s kind of fun to do it to other peoples’ computers).

There is a way to disable it. On my laptop the setting is at Control Panel->Intel GMA driver for Mobile->Hot Keys

Austinlad's avatar

Don’t feel embarrassed. How would you know what happened or how to fix it—it never happened before. We’re here for YOU, @DrasticDreamer. (Of course, @Vortico is the real hero: I only held your hand; he provided the instructions.)

jrpowell's avatar

Keep your cat away from your computer in the future. They tend to press all sorts of weird key combos.

Jeruba's avatar

Please leave this question up here for all the rest of us who need to know stuff like this!

mrentropy's avatar

Ah, yeah.. This kept me busy when I worked for a large computer company because it became the “Prank of the Week” when Intel added this gem to their video drivers.

jaytkay's avatar

Another good one is hit the F11 key when using a Windows web browser.

DeanV's avatar

I really love that keystroke. It’s the best thing to do to all the public computers at the library.

Vortico's avatar

Just for reference, you can rotate the screen of a Windows computer with most Intel graphics cards by pressing Ctrl – Alt – Up/Down/Left/Right.

Happy pranking. :)

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