When I close the lid, Elementary suspends the system. However, when I try to restart, it keeps flashing the screen with junk without ever recovering. The only option I have is to do a hard reset. Is there a fix for this?

  • Have a look in your log via 'less /var/log/pm-suspend.log'. There might be some clues as to what driver is failing to resume from suspend.
    – elmato
    May 31, 2016 at 11:00
  • There's no such file in /var/log. I should have clarified, though, that this was happening on a Live CD version. After installation on my hard disk (dual boot), I don't have the problem. But I have a new one. When waking back after suspend, only my external monitor works. My laptop monitor is blank/black and I receive an error message on the other screen that the system has encountered a problem detecting my laptop monitor. Only way to resolve is a reboot. Any suggestions?
    – Jurasick
    Jun 4, 2016 at 23:48
  • It's better to ask a new question when you have another problem.
    – dr0i
    Jul 12, 2017 at 10:25

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As already said in the comment, using a live-system suspend won't resume. The cause is the missing swap partition (or file) with an appropriate filesystem (i.e. not tmpfs). If you insist on using a live-system, you may:

  • config your live-system to never go to sleep and to not suspend when closing the lid, or
  • add another writeable drive (USB, SDHC), format with e.g. ext2 and create a swap file there.

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