I tried booting knoppix in text mode and it stopped at the same place that the normal mode, and everything else that I tried did. I haven't tested the cd yet because I don't know how, but I don't thyink the problem lies there because the cd is brand new and I'm having this problem with more than one distro.
I've installed (full install) slackware and it boots fairly far before it stops... It gives me this right before it stops and hangs:
Checking non-root filesystems:
fsck 1.34 (25-Jul-2003)
/dev/hda3: recovering journal
/dev/hda3: clean, 40/1728224 files, 62367/863493 blocks
kjournald starting. Commit interval 5 seconds
EXT3 FS 2.4-0.9.19, 19 August 2002 on ide0(3,3), internal journal
EXT3-fs: mounted filesystem with ordered data mode.
/dev/hda3 on /usr/local type ext3 (rw)
devpts on /dev/pts type devpts (rw,gid=5,mode=620)
proc on /proc type proc (rw)
Setting system time from the hardware clock (localtime).
I also tried the fb800x600 and the screen=640x480 and i got stopped at the same place... I do see the cool little penguin every time up in the left hand corner tho