If it helps I always see the fonts fail error as my computer boots...it is likely what comes next that is the issue..also 64 meg ram is low so you should have a swap partition of at least 128 meg. if you can get it to boot but the screen is black, perhaps try ctrl+alt+backspace and see if it takes you back to command prompt..then run vasm and reconfigure the video..
dsl runs better on 128 and often requires you to reconfigure x via xsetup
I am going to go back to trying it again later on when I have more time, I was looking for some direction where to go next. Problem are these laptops, I should not complain as I picked two of them up for about $27 each on E-bay incl shipping. Chembook 5033 is not even listed at the Chembook website, whereas older and newer models are listed. From what I can tell, the laptop takes 144 pin SoDimm's in EDO ...memory chips. I can run Windows 98 and Windows NT 4.0 with no issues on these, though I don't want to go that route.
I have another Chembook, model 6133 Laptop (also not listed on Chembook's site) also bought on E-bay and I upgraded it to 160 MB Ram and cannot boot Xubuntu up to desktop on that one due to odd errors that stop it from booting. Though Vector Linux 5.8 Gold DID run good however on the 160 MB Chembook 6133.
While Chembook's can seem a good deal for the low price they command on E-Bay. Just be aware that the 6133 and the 5033 are almost the same and to add ram, you have to disassemble the computer bottom and even the heat sink and fan to access the ram. Of the two 5033's that I bought, I had to replace the hard drive on one and that one has a faulty key board where numbers 6 and 7 don't work and also a couple of the letters which fail to respond when tapped.
I also have a Omnibook 5700 Laptop...talk about ancient...this does not boot from CD-ROM. I tried various distros like DSL, Vector Light, Puppy, TinyMe, I did install Ubuntu command line only. It has a whopping 48 MB RAM (real proprietary and expensive even if you can find the ram) , and the speed is a whopping 166 Mhz. I used the "transplant the hard drive on another computer and transplanted it back method" to get Command line Ubuntu on it and even then I cannot access the web with the PCMCIA LAN card....but its the only method that seems to work on these ancient computers.
I might try the "transplant method" for Vector Light for this (5033) machine. Its a hobby anyway, and I am learning as I go along.