I have recently installed Qubes on a Dell Inspirion 3793 laptop after a fair bit of fuss. I was originally getting a black screen on the laptop monitor, but if I connected a second monitor, I was able to then view and interact with the desktop. I installed kernel-latest and that seemed to then fix the laptop issue. This is with LTS 4.0.3.
So, then last week, I clicked on the option at the bottom of the update screen to enable updates that weren’t referenced. (I can’t remember the exact wording.) I then clicked on all of the different host options in the window, including dom0 and following the updates, very odd display behavior began to occur with the laptop monitor.
Here is what happens:
–When the laptop first starts up, it shows the normal Qubes prompt for the disk encryption. I can interact with it fine on the laptop monitor.
–Then the screen goes back except for the mouse pointer. I can move the mouse pointer around the screen and when I mouse over where the password prompt would be, the mouse pointer changes from an arrow to the text bar, just as though the GUI is displayed. Like, the GUI loaded, but for some reason is just not displaying on the screen.
–At this point, if I hit the power button, the GUI will flash on the screen for just a bit and then the laptop will power down. (I have the power button set to shut the computer down when pressed)
–As it is powering down, the Qubes logo and process bar displays just fine on the bottom of the laptop monitor. The weird display problems only occur when the GUI itself should be up.
–If instead, I plug a second monitor in, whatever the current state of the GUI is will display as a static image on the laptop screen, and the same will show on the second monitor, though on the second monitor, I can interact with it normally. Regardless of what I do on the second monitor, the original static GUI image will continue to display unchanged on the laptop monitor.
I have searched for other people having this problem and haven’t found any reference to such an issue as this. Any help would be much appreciated.
I would really like to use this in production, but, as of yet, on this laptop at least, this has not proven to be stable enough for production use.