I noticed the ASUS K8N4-E Deluxe mainboard, provided with Phoenix Technologies ACPI BIOS Revision 1008 simply won’t boot with a SATA drive while it does fine with a PATA (IDE) one. Not sure what specific part is at fault here.
00:06.0 IDE interface: nVidia Corporation CK804 IDE (rev f2) 00:07.0 IDE interface: nVidia Corporation CK804 Serial ATA Controller (rev f3 00:08.0 IDE interface: nVidia Corporation CK804 Serial ATA Controller (rev f3) 05:0a.0 RAID bus controller: Silicon Image, Inc. SiI 3114 [SATALink/SATARaid] Serial ATA Controller (rev 02)
It boots with the following linux kernel options: irqpoll nolapic apm=power_off. I added them into /etc/defaut/grub before regenerating grub.cfg:
GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet irqpoll nolapic apm=power_off"
Note that, however, the shutdown does not halt physically the system. I’ll look into that later.