Great Computx, this would be helpful :-)
Also, don't forget to install the latest BIOS update.
It is really bad that new boards still need bootable images to flash the bios, Asus and Gigabyte only require a storage media like partitioned fat(32) usb drive to read the bios file and flash it with integrated flash tool. If you can live with 1 core you can try
to see if acpi tables are so broken that it does not start. A new kernel would also interesting as acpi was changed serveral times. Maybe a short test with moblin which uses 2.6.29 rc7.
Well i have got 2.6.29 live images, but not that board. I can create basically live images with any kernel which has an aufs module, squashfs 4 is now standard and not problematic at all.
I did hook up the molex plug even though the manual said it was unnecessary except for crossfire/ sli mode. I am not doing sli however.
My specs are Core 2 Duo e6850, Geforce 8600, 4 gigs ram, Ubuntu linux 8.10 x64.
I didn't use an installer disk I just moved the asrock board into the case and hooked up all the drives. I could try booting the live cd but I don't believe that would give problems when a previous install does not.
Network, sound, opengl 3d desktop all seem to be working well. Maybe the phoronix reviewer should try again.
Just to let you know, this board has worked flawlessly with Ubuntu since 9.10. :)