Instant freeze during program launch

Hi everyone!

I'm trying to revive my low end laptop (Asus tp200sa: celeron cpu, 2gb ram, 64gb emmc rom) with Manjaro LXQt. Lubuntu 20.04 worked perfectly, but I like Manjaro's iteration more and my IT savvy brother-in-law recommends it as well.

The problem is that when I boot up from a live USB, it freezes when I try to launch any program. The panel starts to flicker and while I can move the mouse, the system remains unresponsive. This is not specific to the LXQt DE, I tried the XFCE version as well and did the exact same thing.

I'm new to Manjaro, so if there's any output needed for the solution, help would be welcome about what command to use.

Thanks for the help in advance!

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