What I do not understand is why this computer will not boot up when using the 5.10.x kernel. I had formerly used several different distros on this machine since I got it in 2016 (it was originally a Windows gaming computer but I immediately converted it to Linux alone).
After I had some problems with Debian-based distros (not with the computer but with certain programs I use), I switched over to Antergos and, when that went away, over to EndeavourOS.
I set the UEFI/BIOS to Legacy mode and, since August 2019, the computer and all of my programs worked okay (something I could not say with Debian-based systems).
As soon as kernel 5.10.x was introduced, that was the end of it. There is something about this kernel that this computer doesn’t like and, for the life of me, I can’t figure out what the problem is.
I tried reinstalling and then updating - and since, when reinstalling only one kernel (the latest) is available and when updating still only one kernel (again the latest) is available, that being 5.10.x, the computer would not boot at all.
As this time I had set the UEFI/BIOS to UEFI enabled and Secure Boot disabled, the boot process would stall just before LightDM was to come up.
Fortunately I used my head and, after reinstalling again with the latest ISO (which still used kernel 5.8.x) and updating (which installed 5.10.x) and BEFORE rebooting, I installed the Linux-lts kernel so I could boot into that.
So that is what I am doing currently with this computer (using the lts kernel). You can read the “sad history” of my attempts at reinstalling by reading earlier posts in this thread. And, so far, it is working.
But what I cannot figure out is what about 5.10.x does this computer not like? The computer always worked okay up until this new kernel was introduced and then “boom.”
I got quite a few suggestions here but none of them helped (as far as booting into 5.10.x).
I never had to use Nvidia graphics drivers before and, as I am not a gamer, I do not want to use them now.
And why should I have to? The computer had always worked properly with all kernels up until 5.10.x.
I wish someone could figure out just WHY this computer doesn’t “like” that kernel.
What I am also afraid of is that eventually the lts kernel will be upgraded to 5.10.x-lts and, unless there is some solution to my problem, I’ll have to make certain that I do not upgrade to that.
I do thank you and everyone else for their attempts to solve the problem. I also continue to hope that someone can determine just what the problem actually is though that may not be too important at this time as the computer seems to working okay with the lts kernel.