Shortly after getting everything setup on my Dell Inspiron 3565 the system froze on me after launching Visual Studio Code. I force quite the computer and rebooted. It froze again. Another forced reboot and another freeze, this time at the login screen.
I found this article which seemed to sum up my problem. Here are the steps I followed in order to get everything back in working order:
fsckfor good measure
Drop to root shell prompt
mount -o remount,rw /
Once going through all those steps, the computer loaded just fine and is running as expected.
Seems to be a common problem, found the answer here.