I'm trying to set up a dualboot Win8/Linux on my HP tablet (touchsmart tm2-1050ez). However, when I'm finished setting it all up, after a few more reboots, I'm not able to boot to Linux anymore, as I keep getting the error
BUG: soft lockup - CPU#0 stuck for 23s! [swapper/0:1]
over and over again right after GRUB. I've left it sit for an hour, only to retrieve a screenful of these messages (only varying slightly in the time it's been stuck). Even recovery mode won't work.
So far I've tried Fedora 17, Ubuntu 12.10 and most recently Mint MATE 14, all of which have died in this exact fashion within a day of the original setup.
I've googled the problem, but all I could come up with was to run a BIOS update, which I already did and didn't help anything.
Help would be much appreciated.