I could revert to Mint 18 but I like everything else about it and I have a lot of stuff installed and working great. I was planning on just waiting for a kernel or driver update to solve my problem, but it is getting frustrating.
PS I am not smart.
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inxi -Fxz System: Host: Swift-3 Kernel: 4.15.0-34-generic x86_64 bits: 64 gcc: 7.3.0 Desktop: Cinnamon 3.8.9 (Gtk 3.22.30-1ubuntu1) Distro: Linux Mint 19 Tara Machine: Device: laptop System: Acer product: Swift SF314-51 v: V1.08 serial: N/A Mobo: Acer model: M3_SK v: V1.08 serial: N/A UEFI [Legacy]: Insyde v: V1.08 date: 12/30/2016 Battery BAT0: charge: 40.0 Wh 100.9% condition: 39.6/48.3 Wh (82%) model: OEM AC14B8K status: N/A CPU: Dual core Intel Core i5-7200U (-MT-MCP-) arch: Kaby Lake rev.9 cache: 3072 KB flags: (lm nx sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 vmx) bmips: 10848 clock speeds: max: 3100 MHz 1: 3097 MHz 2: 2176 MHz 3: 3095 MHz 4: 1668 MHz Graphics: Card: Intel HD Graphics 620 bus-ID: 00:02.0 Display Server: x11 (X.Org 1.19.6 ) drivers: modesetting (unloaded: fbdev,vesa) Resolution: firstname.lastname@example.org OpenGL: renderer: Mesa DRI Intel HD Graphics 620 (Kaby Lake GT2) version: 4.5 Mesa 18.0.5 Direct Render: Yes Audio: Card Intel Sunrise Point-LP HD Audio driver: snd_hda_intel bus-ID: 00:1f.3 Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture v: k4.15.0-34-generic Network: Card: Qualcomm Atheros QCA6174 802.11ac Wireless Network Adapter driver: ath10k_pci bus-ID: 02:00.0 IF: wlp2s0 state: up mac: <filter> Drives: HDD Total Size: 256.1GB (38.2% used) ID-1: /dev/nvme0n1 model: INTEL_SSDPEKKW256G7 size: 256.1GB Partition: ID-1: / size: 226G used: 84G (39%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/dm-1 ID-2: /boot size: 704M used: 152M (24%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/nvme0n1p1 ID-3: swap-1 size: 8.45GB used: 0.00GB (0%) fs: swap dev: /dev/dm-2 RAID: No RAID devices: /proc/mdstat, md_mod kernel module present Sensors: System Temperatures: cpu: 36.5C mobo: N/A Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: N/A Info: Processes: 279 Uptime: 1 day Memory: 4673.2/7845.7MB Init: systemd runlevel: 5 Gcc sys: 7.3.0 Client: Shell (bash 4.4.191) inxi: 2.3.56
Also, I should add that I see many similar posts out there but haven't found one with this precise problem. I think it is related to the graphics driver not being compatible with the kernel. I do not have sufficient knowledge to confidently revert to an earlier kernel.