So I just got Linux Mint MATE, I think 19.something, most recent, but whenever I close my laptop and it suspends, it crashes the OS. I have it set so it doesn't suspend, but it drains the battery. Is there a better way to go about this?
When you say that it crashes the OS, is it a kernel panic ? What message is being displayed (if any) ?
Have a detailed log of what happened (something might be in /var/log/) could help us to find the actual problem. Without this we are going to suggest a ton a irrelevant fixes.