That fixed it!!!
When I typed this command:
sudo pacman -S --needed nvidia-dkms linux-lts-headers linux-headers
I got this back: nvidia-dkms and nvidia are in conflict. Remove nvidia? [y/N]
At first, I entered ‘n’ and everything stopped.
Then I typed this:
sudo pacman -R nvidia-lts
… and got the same message. So the 2nd time around, I entered ‘y’ to remove nvidia.
Then I used the command from manuel and the drivers installed. I restarted my machine and I’m now booted into the LTS kernel!! The only thing I noticed was that my system took a tiny bit longer to get to the desktop but it loaded up just fine.
FWIW, I carried out another experiment and put a spare SSD into this same system and tried Manjaro and it resulted in the same outcome… black screen with the LTS kernel loaded. I won’t bother trying your fix with Manjaro as I like Antergos more.
Now the $64,000 question… being a newbie, can somebody break down what exactly the DKMS drivers might have fixed? Explain as if you’re talking to a small child. :)
Joe, I think originally, your first step had me (among other packages) install nvidia-lts vs nvidia-dkms. Is there any sort of performance penalty (gaming wise) using the Nvidia DKMS drivers? Are the DKMS drivers inferior in any way?
All in all, thank you all for the assistance! Another monetary donation headed your way!