UBUNTU 3.0.0-15-GENERIC help needed!

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http://askubuntu.com – I'm new with all this Ubuntu and Linux programs so please bare with me. So today my niece gave me her laptop she got from a tutor program and asked me to fix it since it didn't boot all the way. So the problem is once I select Ubuntu with Linux 3.0.0-15-Generic from the GNU GRUB (Ver 1.99-12ubuntu5) loads up the initramfs prompt. What do I do from there? I've typed exit and it gives me the following message: [ 85.199633] Kernal panic - not syncing: Attempted to kill init! [ 85.199689] Pid: 1; comm: init Not tainted 3.0.0-15-generic #26-Ubuntu There's a whole bunch more lines listed, but ho (HowTos)