I originally wrote this question on http://unix.stackexchange.com but didn't really get any response and that forum isn't as busy as this one so hoping to get better luck here.
I'm currently running Mint 14 on this computer, but I also run Ubuntu 12.04 on it and have previously happened with Fedora 16 and all 3 OS's have given me the same problem so I'm guessing it's a general problem with my drivers.
The display will not start up after the laptop hard disk goes to sleep. If I close the lid it will just show a weird snowy display (think a television from the 90's that has no reception) from which I need to reboot via the on/off button, If I don't close the lid it will show some errors and take me to a console where I can reboot from the command line.
The log files are pretty massive, but I've pulled out the bits that looked to give the most vital information. It looks most likely a driver issue and I've been to http://wiki.x.org/ to have a hunt around but it's not really something I'm familiar with.
lsmod | grep nouveau
nouveau 895609 3 ttm 83595 1 nouveau drm_kms_helper 46784 1 nouveau drm 275528 5 nouveau,ttm,drm_kms_helper i2c_algo_bit 13413 1 nouveau mxm_wmi 12979 1 nouveau video 19335 1 nouveau wmi 19070 3 asus_wmi,nouveau,mxm_wmi
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: NVIDIA Corporation Device 1251 (rev a1)
Jan 2 18:13:30 user-G74Sx mdm: WARNING: Failed to start X server several times in a short time period; disabling display :0
[ 23.428] X.Org X Server 1.13.0 Release Date: 2012-09-05 [ 23.428] X Protocol Version 11, Revision 0 [ 23.428] Build Operating System: Linux 3.2.0-30-generic x86_64 Ubuntu [ 23.428] Current Operating System: Linux user-G74Sx 3.5.0-17-generic #28-Ubuntu SMP Tue Oct 9 19:31:23 UTC 2012 x86_64 [ 23.428] Kernel command line: BOOT_IMAGE=/vmlinuz-3.5.0-17-generic root=UUID=e7c94e41-c243-45b2-9cdc-e851b5cf16d0 ro quiet splash [ 23.428] Build Date: 08 October 2012 03:34:01PM [ 23.428] xorg-server 2:1.13.0-0ubuntu6 (For technical support please see http://www.ubuntu.com/support) [ 23.428] Current version of pixman: 0.26.0 [ 23.429] Before reporting problems, check http://wiki.x.org to make sure that you have the latest version. [ 23.429] Markers: (--) probed, (**) from config file, (==) default setting, (++) from command line, (!!) notice, (II) informational, (WW) warning, (EE) error, (NI) not implemented, (??) unknown. [ 23.429] (==) Log file: "/var/log/Xorg.0.log", Time: Wed Jan 2 18:15:32 2013 [ 23.438] (==) Using system config directory "/usr/share/X11/xorg.conf.d" [ 23.439] (==) No Layout section. Using the first Screen section. [ 23.439] (==) No screen section available. Using defaults. [ 23.439] (**) |-->Screen "Default Screen Section" (0) [ 23.439] (**) | |-->Monitor "<default monitor>" [ 23.439] (==) No monitor specified for screen "Default Screen Section". Using a default monitor configuration. [ 23.440] (==) Automatically adding devices [ 23.440] (==) Automatically enabling devices [ 23.440] (==) Automatically adding GPU devices [ 23.440] (WW) The directory "/usr/share/fonts/X11/cyrillic" does not exist. [ 23.440] Entry deleted from font path. [ 23.440] (WW) The directory "/usr/share/fonts/X11/100dpi/" does not exist. [ 23.440] Entry deleted from font path. [ 23.440] (WW) The directory "/usr/share/fonts/X11/75dpi/" does not exist. [ 23.440] Entry deleted from font path. [ 23.440] (WW) The directory "/usr/share/fonts/X11/100dpi" does not exist. [ 23.440] Entry deleted from font path. [ 23.440] (WW) The directory "/usr/share/fonts/X11/75dpi" does not exist. [ 23.440] Entry deleted from font path. [ 23.440] (WW) The directory "/var/lib/defoma/x-ttcidfont-conf.d/dirs/TrueType" does not exist. [ 23.440] Entry deleted from font path.
It also tries to load the modules nv and nvidia a few times but fails each time because the modules do not exist so I'm guessing I'll have to install the modules. It looks like it eventually uses the module nouveau
[ 23.473] (II) NOUVEAU driver Date: Wed Sep 12 13:42:43 2012 +0200 [ 23.473] (II) NOUVEAU driver for NVIDIA chipset families : [ 23.473] RIVA TNT (NV04) [ 23.473] RIVA TNT2 (NV05) [ 23.473] GeForce 256 (NV10) [ 23.473] GeForce 2 (NV11, NV15) [ 23.473] GeForce 4MX (NV17, NV18) [ 23.473] GeForce 3 (NV20) [ 23.473] GeForce 4Ti (NV25, NV28) [ 23.473] GeForce FX (NV3x) [ 23.473] GeForce 6 (NV4x) [ 23.473] GeForce 7 (G7x) [ 23.473] GeForce 8 (G8x) [ 23.473] GeForce GTX 200 (NVA0) [ 23.473] GeForce GTX 400 (NVC0)
Any help in the right direction would be great as this isn't really an area I'm particularly strong with.
If there are any parts of the log files which might help please let me know and I'll paste them in