After booting with the CD inserted I arrive at the screen with the option "Try Ubuntu without any change to your computer". After selecting this option I see a bar graph on the monitor that indicates progress. Once that bar graph reaches maximum the screen goes black. The cursor is visible and responsive but otherwise the screen is blank. Waiting doesn't seem to help.
I'm eager to install ubuntu, but if I can't get it to work from the CD I don't see any point in going for a full install.