To solve this problem, I had to change the following BIOS options:
- Under MAIN / Storage Configuration, I had to change “Configure SATA as …” to [AHCI]. This allowed the kernel to find my disks and boot.
- I experienced some weird USB problems while booting, and so under ADVANCED / USB Configuration, I had to change “BIOS EHCI Hand-Off” to [Disabled].
- For good luck, I also made sure ACPI 2.0 was enabled under power saving.
Hopefully someone finds this useful. When I first booted and Ubuntu didn’t boot, I thought to myself, “Damn, I should have checked if this new Intel chipset has good support in the kernel”. I was worried the motherboard just wasn’t going to work. However, after tweaking those BIOS options, things are working fine. +1 for Linux.