Use the jumpers to disable *everything*, FDD, SERIAL, GAME, LPT - but *not* IDE. IDE was set to primary.
Off the top of my head, I turned off all IDE things in the "chipset" settings, including the ultra DMA. Saved CMOS settings and power on / off.
Next boot onboard IDE is off so I did a IDE auto detect for C, it showed the drive, hit return and ESC. When you go to the first thing on the top left of the main menu (was it standard CMOS settings?) it shows the drive as "user" and it's settings so all is well. I used AUTO for a CDROM one time, but never for the HD.
The drive is set to "device 0" meaning (I assume) master.
Make sure your boot partition is set to active.
The cards are the "who knows" type. Generic, pulled out of who knows what. One says "LGS Prime 2c" the other says "SIIG Inc, Fremont CA, Winbond W83758F", they both work.
The type doesn't matter, they should all be the same. IDE is not that tough to do hardware wise. I had another one I used a while back, I don't know what it is but it's another generic. Check everything if you have problems, it's probably not the board.
You may want to read the "newbie" thread, I keep adding to it.
Did I miss something?
BTW: found out that Linux needs a "Frame Buffer Driver" for X windows to display, more when I get info.