Hey Doodleflip, hope this will help.
When you boot the LiveCD and at the boot prompt, type:
/boot/vmlinuz max_loop=255 initrd=/boot/initrd.gz init=linuxrc load_ramdisk=1 prompt_ramdisk=0 ramdisk_size=10000 root=/dev/ram0 rw press enter
The above should boot you to the login (text).
You still won't have X yet, at least I didn't until I modified my bootloader.
I use grub and it shakes out like this:
kernel /boot/vmlinuz ro root=/dev/hda7 vga=0x317 noapic acpi=off apm=power-off vga=791
The above kernel's parameters are all on ONE line!
hda7 is my partition, change it to yours.
In lilo, I believe it would be something lihe:
image = /boot/vmlinuz
label = BackTrack Linux
root = /dev/hda2 (or your root patition)
append="vga=0x317 noapic acpi=off apm=power-off vga=791"
This works for me, for root and users. Happy hunting
Ta very muchly, will give it a try today.
Have you tried "xconf" too?