Hi, I just managed to install linux on this motherboard. This motherboard require a pretty new kernel, mainly for decent ahci support(ncq and other goodies)I recommend 2.6.18-rc2, or 2.6.17 with Tejun Heo's libata patch applied, you can download his patch bundle from here
the most important option is CONFIG_SCSI_SATA_AHCI and CONFIG_ULI526X, make sure they are build in.
I download RIP linux from
, it ships with 2.6.17, unfortunately it miss the Uli ethernet driver, and the ahci support is not complete, but it has the advantage that we can build a newer linux kernel and simply load it from the grub menu. For example I build a new kernel on my old desktop, copy it to C:\kernel-new, then reboot use riplinux cd, when the grub appear, press "e" to edit the first boot option as follows
kernel (hd0,0)/kernel-new ... <---boot with our own kernel
then continue to boot. Until then I can happily repartion my drive and use debootstrap to install a debian base system.
Ah, one more word, the nvidia river doesn't work with 2.6.18 rc kernel, so if you want to use nvidia driver the only option is 126.96.36.199 + Tejun Heo's libata patch.