If it is the battery manager i would rather not disable it because the battery on the laptop is dying and with windows on it it only held for about an hour.
I tried to boot using nightfliers suggestion of using CD and typing in "linux root=/dev/hdXX ro vga=normal apm=off" at the prompt putting hda1, hda2, and hda in place of hdxx. none worked all said that they were unable to mount root fs on unkown-block(0,0).
HDA is my hard-drive, HDA2 is my boot part., and HDA1 part. is my swap.
Caitlyn, i am new to linux, and don't know how to get to single user mode.
in case they help here are the complete stats on the laptop:
Processor: 350 MHz AMD K6 Proccessor 2 3d NOW!
Ram: 64 MB 100MHz SuncDRAM
HD: 4.3GB UltraDMA Hard Drive
Screen: 13.3" TFT Active Matrix Display
Modem: 56K ITU V.90 Modem
Video: 2X AGP 8MB video memory by Rage LT Pro ATI Graphics
Cache: 1MB L2 Pipeline Burst Cache
USB: 1.0 one port
also during the partitioning after i write the partitions to the HD i goto tell it to reboot but after it says restarting system all the lights blink, the fans, HD, and CD stop spinning but the screen stays on withe the message still on it and the cursor is blinking.