I am recieving the following error when booting via Virtial PC VMware and live CD on 2 diffrent laptops (Dell inspiron 1100 and IBM Think Pad)

* creating /etc/fstab
*changing root directory
Fatal error occured - Can't find executable init command
*Something went wrong and we can't continue. This should never happen

Since this same error has occurd on diffrent hardware and settings I am positive it is something I am doing wrong (and probably stupid). I was wondering if someone could just point me in the right direction. Thanks