This is very new hardware and as such support is still in progress. We had a similar question here a few weeks back which the two uber geeks managed to answer.
It would seem that you need to be running kernel 2.6.18 or later to get support. FC6 is older than this hence the panic that you got. The articles I did find were all a little confused and I hope you get a better explanation but there might be some good pointers here.
It must be possible as people report OpenSUSE 10.2 works straight of the boot disc.
ICH8R chipset is normally found on 965 motherboards but it would be good to know the specifics. I know it can be made to work it's just knowing if the Martrix raid would be supported. On my hunt for some info I didn't see anything on RAID support.
No actual raid used in configuration, just needed to use these drivers for XP to recognize my SATA drives natively, and not as simulated IDE.
All drivers up to date. Fresh clean install of XP x64 this past weekend (it took me about 10 times to get it right, I think... :roll: )
So far have tried installing with Fedora Core LiveCD, Fedora 7 ISO DVD, and Fedora Core 6 ISO DVD.
linux pci=nommconf ide0=0x1018,0x1010
I'm at work right now, but later tonight will try at boot:
I will post pics of what I get...while I still research this issue. (As an aside, I'm trying to DL the openSUSE 10.2 torrent as we speak, but at ~40kbps it will take a day or two. I'll check my connections tonight.)
The rest of the PC:
Lian Li PC-A16
Pioneer DVR-112 IDE drive
XFX 7950GT XXX
Koutech 1394B FW PCIe
FusionHDTV5 Express PCIe
From the sounds of a couple of bugreports that I read over, there seems to be many issues (that should have been fixed in the newer kernels) with the newer Intel boards, and we've already had a few threads about them (namely JMicro stuff is finicky and the so-called "Gigabyte SATA2" is actually a rebadged JMicro affair).
My suggestion would be to try out other distributions to see if any of them work any better for you. If they all behave in the same manner, then re-examine your hardware, there may be something awry there as there are Ubuntu users who have things running on your board. You don't need to try for a full-up install, just pick some liveCD's to check that they can boot on your system, once you've worked that out you can move on from there.
After not getting anywhere with Fedora, I tried openSUSE. First I tried 10.3 64bit DVD ISO. Then I tried a ready made DVD 10.2 64bit from Linux+ mag.
The 10.2 DVD went directly into text mode but complained it couldn't find the installation files??
The 10.3 DVD got me to the end of installation, but at reboot and right before I'm required to set up password info, it just stalls. No access to the remainder of the install. I can boot into XP from the splash screen, but when I ask it to boot 10.3 from hard disk, nothing.
From my understanding, several people had this same problem, and the solution in some cases was to replace Grub with LILO. Tried that, but also didn't work for me.
I must say this has been very frustating (especially, since others have installed on similar hardware), and I have invested quite a bit of time to make this work, and lost a bit of sleep.
So, I'm moving on and will revisit dual booting later on when I install Vista (after the release of SP1).
You do seem to have gotten the crappy end of the stick with this one I must say. Thats a nice rig you have and its a crying shame that you can't get Linux running on it. Hopefully as more companies open up to Linux like Dell seems to be doing situations like this may disappear. We can but hope..
I must say reading you story has dulled my upgrade lust this week.. :?