Toughbook CF-29 won't get past splashscreens
Well... that didn't go so well. This is a Panasonic Toughbook CF-29 H3 model. Non-touchscreen, Pentium 1.4 M, 1.5 GB RAM, 40 GB HD, CD-ROM drive.
The machine boots off of the Ubuntu NBE 10.04 CD-ROM, goes to the splash-screen (the Ubuntu Logo and 4 orange/grey dots) and after a few seconds the splash screen clears, the screen goes blank, and the CD-ROM drive stops reading. That's it. I ran the Check CD-ROM utility from the boot menu of the cd-rom and it checked good. I ran the check RAM (MemTest) utility and that was good as well. I put the CD-ROM in my Dell Inspiron and it ran just fine letting me into the LiveCD environment.
I've tried Alt-Ctl-F1 to see if there's a command prompt, but that doesn't work. I can't find any special key combination that does anything for me.
I also burned a copy of Puppy Linux 5.0, and that meets with pretty much the same results. It gets to "Setting up the layered filesystem... Done" and then "Performing a 'switch_root' to the layered filesystem...Kernel Panic - not syncing: Attempted to kill init!
And that's the end of the show... she will go no further.
Any suggestions? The thing has Win XP installed on it and functional, so the machine works... I'm a little lost.