Hi folks, I've tried searching for everything I could think of to find answers to the issues I'm having, but I haven't been able to find anyone with the same identical problem. Some folks have problems that seem somewhat similar but not the same, and I'm really stumped now. Plus I didn't want to thread jack with a different problem, so I hope this post is not uncalled for.
The machine in question is a new Toshiba laptop, L775-S7222 with AMD A6. Windows runs fine, or as well as you can expect it to. Mint however does not act consistently. Sometimes it will boot okay and I can use the system normally. Other times the keyboard and touchpad do not work at all, and my only choice is to hold down the power button and reboot. Usually a reboot gets the keyboard/touchpad working, sometimes it does not. When a reboot or three does not work, I boot into recovery mode, which usually works okay (once or twice it did not), then I can reboot normally -- sometimes!
I am about ready to resort to casting spells and doing voodoo, since there does not appear to be any rhyme or reason to when the laptop will boot okay and when it will not. I am running LMDE 64-bit, and the problems pop-up with both the lastest 3.0.x and 2.x kernels. Reinstalls have no effect, and all available updates have been applied. BIOS is up to date. The oddest part is the unpredictability of the problem, and that when everything works, it is stable. (My keyboard does not stop working 10 or however many minutes into a session, like it does for some people - if it works to log in, it keeps working.)
Some other info that may or may not be related or helpful:
The machine resets rather than powering off if plugged in when I tell it to shut down, but will shut down normally on battery power.
The system will not suspend properly - it looks like it goes to sleep but will not resume and requires a reboot.
The function keys to control volume do not work properly - they bring up a graphic on screen but the volume does not actually change.
Thanks for any thoughts you might have. I am quite fond of LMDE and would hate to have to switch to anything else.