So, I’m a newbie. I toyed around with LM since 12 (I guess), but only LiveUSB. I recently decided to install LM15 MATE alongside Win7 on a HP Pavilion g6 (i3, Sandy Bridge, Intel HD 3000 onboard). Everything worked fine, I installed some programs and games (some worked, like Scribus and Alien Arena; some didn’t, like Hedgewars) and some bells-and-whistles from linuxmint-art (themes that I now suspect broke X).
Next boot, all I got after the GRUB choice of OS-s was a black screen. HDD was working all right; ctrl+alt+backspace brought up a quick screen light-up (but nothing else). I re-booted in recovery mode and went into terminal (though it was scary…). Tried xinit and got a message like “server error” followed by “cannot create lock file .tx0-lock”. No xorg.conf file that I could find.
Booted again, with “nomodeset xforcevesa” and got dropped into Unity; graphics are sluggish and the laptop heats up a lot, but at least works. No xorg.conf found through the search option of Unity (or I just didn’t know how to use the weird – for me – Unity interface).
I also tried to boot from the LM14 Cinnamon live USB that previously worked. The same black screen.
Win7 boots normally, no problem there. All the above took about three days (with long searches in between actions), so now I’m at a loss. I can wipe out the Linux partition from Windows, fix Win7 mbr and start over, but since I’m positive I want to phase out Win7 and remain with Linux, I thought I could use this opportunity to learn.
Anything familiar in my predicament? Any solution possible?
Thanks in advance.