Blank screen with cursor after login/logout

Login from boot works normally, however, logging out and then logging back in brings up a blank screen with cursor. However, I can still start apps and have them work (somewhat); I can bring up a terminal emulator and try to start plasmashell/startx but neither solves the problem.

startx returns an error “startkde not found”

For reference, installation is on a matebook x pro (intel + nvidia dual graphics)

Hello and welcome,

You should not use that if you just logged out from a working desktop session. It doesn’t help your case.
What you can do is change inside your ~/.xinitrc the line:
DEFAULT_SESSION=startx
to this
DEFAULT_SESSION=startplasma-x11

Make sure you system is fully updated and restart the system. If the issue persists, please provide from terminal:
inxi -Fxza --no-host
Use </> from edit tools to format the text when you paste it here.

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Sorry for the late reply. Just gave that a shot and it sort of (?) worked? I’m now able to log in to tty2 and run startx which gets me into my normal desktop enviroment (albeit on tty2). tty1 is still a blank screen with a cursor, however I can now open up krunner to run commands. But the desktop environment isn’t loaded and running startplasma-x11 does nothing.

    System:    Kernel: 5.7.14-1-MANJARO x86_64 bits: 64 compiler: gcc v: 10.1.0 
           parameters: BOOT_IMAGE=/boot/vmlinuz-5.7-x86_64 root=UUID=b4202673-e0c7-433a-9648-fd1729e018fc rw quiet apparmor=1 
           security=apparmor udev.log_priority=3 
           Desktop: KDE Plasma 5.19.4 tk: Qt 5.15.0 wm: kwin_x11 dm: SDDM Distro: Manjaro Linux 
Machine:   Type: Laptop System: HUAWEI product: MACH-WX9 v: M14 serial: <filter> 
           Mobo: HUAWEI model: MACH-WX9 v: M14 serial: <filter> UEFI: HUAWEI v: 1.28 date: 03/15/2019 
Battery:   ID-1: BAT0 charge: 20.1 Wh condition: 50.3/56.3 Wh (89%) volts: 7.6/7.6 model: DYNAPACK HB4593R1ECW type: Li-ion 
           serial: <filter> status: Unknown cycles: 235 
CPU:       Topology: Quad Core model: Intel Core i7-8550U bits: 64 type: MT MCP arch: Kaby Lake family: 6 model-id: 8E (142) 
           stepping: A (10) microcode: D6 L2 cache: 8192 KiB 
           flags: avx avx2 lm nx pae sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 vmx bogomips: 32012 
           Speed: 2300 MHz min/max: 400/4000 MHz Core speeds (MHz): 1: 2300 2: 2300 3: 2300 4: 2300 5: 2300 6: 2300 7: 2300 
           8: 2300 
           Vulnerabilities: Type: itlb_multihit status: KVM: Split huge pages 
           Type: l1tf mitigation: PTE Inversion; VMX: conditional cache flushes, SMT vulnerable 
           Type: mds mitigation: Clear CPU buffers; SMT vulnerable 
           Type: meltdown mitigation: PTI 
           Type: spec_store_bypass mitigation: Speculative Store Bypass disabled via prctl and seccomp 
           Type: spectre_v1 mitigation: usercopy/swapgs barriers and __user pointer sanitization 
           Type: spectre_v2 mitigation: Full generic retpoline, IBPB: conditional, IBRS_FW, STIBP: conditional, RSB filling 
           Type: srbds mitigation: Microcode 
           Type: tsx_async_abort status: Not affected 
Graphics:  Device-1: Intel UHD Graphics 620 vendor: Huawei driver: i915 v: kernel bus ID: 00:02.0 chip ID: 8086:5917 
           Device-2: NVIDIA GP108M [GeForce MX150] vendor: Huawei driver: nvidia v: 440.100 alternate: nouveau,nvidia_drm 
           bus ID: 01:00.0 chip ID: 10de:1d12 
           Device-3: Cheng Uei Precision Industry (Foxlink) HD Camera type: USB driver: uvcvideo bus ID: 1-7:3 
           chip ID: 05c8:03c0 
           Display: server: X.Org 1.20.8 compositor: kwin_x11 driver: modesetting,nvidia 
           alternate: fbdev,intel,nouveau,nv,vesa display ID: :1 screens: 1 
           Screen-1: 0 s-res: 3000x2000 s-dpi: 96 s-size: 793x529mm (31.2x20.8") s-diag: 953mm (37.5") 
           Monitor-1: eDP-1 res: 3000x2000 hz: 60 dpi: 260 size: 293x196mm (11.5x7.7") diag: 353mm (13.9") 
           OpenGL: renderer: Mesa Intel UHD Graphics 620 (KBL GT2) v: 4.6 Mesa 20.1.5 direct render: Yes 
Audio:     Device-1: Intel Sunrise Point-LP HD Audio vendor: Huawei driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel alternate: snd_soc_skl 
           bus ID: 00:1f.3 chip ID: 8086:9d71 
           Sound Server: ALSA v: k5.7.14-1-MANJARO 
Network:   Device-1: Intel Wireless 8265 / 8275 vendor: Huawei driver: iwlwifi v: kernel port: 3000 bus ID: 3c:00.0 
           chip ID: 8086:24fd 
           IF: wlp60s0 state: up mac: <filter> 
           Device-2: Realtek RTL8153 Gigabit Ethernet Adapter type: USB driver: r8152 bus ID: 2-1.2:10 chip ID: 0bda:8153 
           serial: <filter> 
           IF: enp0s20f0u1u2 state: down mac: <filter> 
Drives:    Local Storage: total: 536.63 GiB used: 57.19 GiB (10.7%) 
           SMART Message: Unable to run smartctl. Root privileges required. 
           ID-1: /dev/nvme0n1 vendor: Toshiba model: N/A size: 476.94 GiB block size: physical: 512 B logical: 512 B 
           speed: 31.6 Gb/s lanes: 4 serial: <filter> rev: AAXA4103 scheme: GPT 
           ID-2: /dev/sda type: USB vendor: Generic model: STORAGE DEVICE size: 59.69 GiB block size: physical: 512 B 
           logical: 512 B serial: <filter> rev: 1532 scheme: MBR 
           SMART Message: Unknown USB bridge. Flash drive/Unsupported enclosure? 
Partition: ID-1: / raw size: 368.45 GiB size: 361.67 GiB (98.16%) used: 56.99 GiB (15.8%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/nvme0n1p3 
Swap:      Kernel: swappiness: 60 (default) cache pressure: 100 (default) 
           ID-1: swap-1 type: partition size: 4.00 GiB used: 476 KiB (0.0%) priority: -2 dev: /dev/nvme0n1p6 
           ID-2: swap-2 type: partition size: 4.00 GiB used: 100 KiB (0.0%) priority: -3 dev: /dev/nvme0n1p2 
Sensors:   System Temperatures: cpu: 53.0 C mobo: N/A 
           Fan Speeds (RPM): N/A 
Info:      Processes: 310 Uptime: 2d 11h 12m Memory: 15.40 GiB used: 2.14 GiB (13.9%) Init: systemd v: 245 Compilers: 
           gcc: 10.1.0 Packages: pacman: 1510 lib: 353 flatpak: 0 Shell: Zsh v: 5.8 running in: kitty inxi: 3.1.05