A few things you might try at the first screen:
linux acpi=on nopcmcia allowcddma
These are actually 3 things, and you can try them all at once or individually. One is to allow advanced power management, another is not to allow PCMCIA, and the other is to allow DMA for your CDROM.
I had to use these to install FC1, but they still might be usefull.
The unfortunate (or fortunate, depending on how you look at it) thing about Linux is, the distrobution you pick might not like your hardware. A good test to see whether your hardware is Linux friendly, is to run Knoppix. If you have a highspeed connection, you can download the ISO and burn it. It's a complete Debian based Linux distro that runs off the CD. It is one of the best for properly detecting hardware.