Note: I have already found the solution to my issue. I am posting this question in order to leave information for anyone who may face the same issue that I did. However, I need to wait 8 hours to do so as a new account.Background:
I'm using a Ubuntu 12.10 Live CD (USB) in order to resize some partitions on my laptop.
My laptop is connected to an additional monitor which I have set as a separate screen.
I started the partition process and went to get a snack while I waited for the tasks to finish.The problem:
When I came back from getting my snack I found that my computer's monitor had been disabled. I shook the mouse expecting it to wake up, however, only my external monitor came to life.
GParted was hidden behind the disabled monitor, and when I attempted to open the displays tab, it too opened inside of the disabled screen.
I opened the console by pressing alt + f6 and attempted to use xrandr commands only to be met with error messages reading "Can't open display".
I did not want to restart as my partition task was still running in the background and disabling it could potentially endanger the data I was transferring.