I thought I’d reactivate my elder IBM Thinkpad T43p for my grandson, so I installed Zorin Education Lite 32bit last night. Everything seemed to work ok. Using the graphical desktop, I added another user, switched to it, rebooted the machine, etc. All without problem. Finally I put the machine in suspend state.
This morning when I started from suspend mode, the destop lock screen appeared as expected. I clicked on “logout” (actually “Abmelden” since it is running with German language). The screen went black with only a small underscore blinking at the top left. Some disk activity was going on but after a lonng time waiting, I thought the graphical login should have long appeared.
I forced a power off, then restarted the machine, but no joy. As the machine starts up, I see, first, a narrow frame arround the screen, then the screen goes to black, and some time later the ZORIN logo comes floating in as expected. Finally the screen goes to black again and instead of the desktop to appear, the screen goes to all black (in text mode, I think) with that small undersocre character blinking at the top left. Nothing more happens.
I can well login to a TTY (alt-ctrl-F1), and work from there, so the machine is not dead. I do have a little expetience with Linux but don’t have a clue how to fix that window manager problem, what it seems to be.
I found this link i the forum
and followed all the update steps suggested there, but the problem persists.
Any hint what I need to do or try?