You should be seeing something in the logs (consoles 3 and 4: Alt+F3, Alt+F4; installation takes place on console 1: Alt+F1).
Try chaning ATA settings in the BIOS. Some combinations work, some don't. If you try all possible ATA settings (mode of operation: Legacy, Enhanced; ATA ports: S-ATA only + keep P-ATA, P-ATA only + keep S-ATA, S-ATA + P-ATA, mapping of ports, etc.) and it still doesn't work, it's weird and I don't know what causes it. I have a machine here that locks when probing the CD-ROM with any combination of settings and haven't found a way around it.
We'll be releasing 18.104.22.168 these days. It uses a newer kernel. Maybe it fixes your problem (and hopefully doesn't introduce too many others).
hw-detect: Trying to load module 'isofs'
This is where it seems to hang......
One thing I did notice is that when I turned support for APIC (Whatever that is) off in the bios then I got passed the network config to the partitioning of drives, but it said it could not recognize any drives on the system.....
I also do not seem to have the level of config in the Bios you mention...I am using Phoenix - Award Bios v6.00PG "(03/02/2005 For nForce Chipset"
Any further help would be appreciated...Any date on the .30 Pluto release ?
I have SMART SATA disabled.....again not sure what that does....?
Is the controller support in the Kernel then based on my nForceChipset or is there a seperate chipset for the SATA controller ? (Sorry been a while since I buit hardware!!)