After returning from a long hiatus on the Ubuntu Forums, I promised another user that I would post the final solution to his graphics problem on my site so no one else would go through the same problem he did. Here we go…
The Nvidia GeForce FX Go5200, included by default in the Dell Inspiron 8600, doesn’t seem to agree with Ubuntu 11.10 suspend process. Other solutions have been traced to HAL in the past, but that has been mostly phased out of Ubuntu. As far as I know, it has been traced down to a problem with Xorg and its problem with AGP access.
In case you can’t get to the login screen during this process, have the following instructions ready! Write them down if you have to!
At the blank screen, press Ctrl-Alt-F1, and login with your normal credentials.
sudo rm /usr/share/X11/xorg.conf.d/50-nvidia-suspend-fix.conf
All we have to do is run
gksudo gedit /usr/share/X11/xorg.conf.d/50-nvidia-suspend-fix.conf
and paste in
Section "Device" Identifier "NVIDIA Corporation NV34M [GeForce FX Go5200]" Driver "nvidia" Option "NvAgp" "1" EndSection
and save and reboot. Pray, my friend. Pray.