For some strange reason that I can’t seem to figure out, I get kernel panics on the battered Thinkpad with the latest Arch installation ISO. I won’t bother reproducing the error text here, mostly because there’s too much of it, but also because the screen is shattered and I can’t quite see everything. ;)
The puzzle is compounded by the fact that it doesn’t seem to happen on the smaller Thinkpad. Both machines are Celerons, with reasonably similar guts, but for whatever reason the kernel panic doesn’t happen on the slower one.
The good news is, if you’re like me or like some others, the previous ISO image — the 2007.08 version — boots fine, and it’s a brief step up from those packages to current. So you have that option, if you find yourself in the same boat.