For some reason on my office machine every Linux Live-CD either takes forever to boot or goes to a terminal interface instead of the expected GUI. I used to boot to an Ubuntu 10.10 Live-CD and Live-Thumb-Drive on a regular basis. Today I tried the Live-CDs for GParted (got a terminal interface), Lubuntu (the latest version - I think 11.04?) (got a terminal interface), and Ubuntu 10.10 desktop (Took 20 minutes to get to Try or Install - And then went nowhere after I clicked "Try" and left it alone for an hour.
I do not know what is going on. I do have a striped drive set for Windows XP but in the past Linux still booted I just could not mount those two drives.
All of these live CDs boot normally in a VM inside Windows XP.