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It's a busybox shell. Getting dropped at that usually indicates a severe problem, such as a missing root file system. I am not familiar with lubuntu, is there a grub option for recovery mode, that may be worth a try?
Or you could try passing the the target root file system to the kernel line by hitting 'e' and editing the root argument to e.g. root=/dev/sda1 or wherever your root partition is.
If I recall correctly, 10.10 dropped some support for older hardware, including some older architectures. I recommend the 10.04 LTS release.
There are several Linux distro's designed for older hardware. I like Puppy Linux.
I wish I could give you some answers to fix this problem without a reinstall or a different distro, but the latest version of Ubuntu (10.10) simply doesn't work with lots of older hardware. One of the many reasons I now use Debian.
Do not select "graphical desktop environment" during install because that will download and install Gnome. After installing, run "apt-get install lxde" and you will have the same desktop environment used in Lubuntu. You could also try "apt-get install xfce" which should also run well on an older laptop.