The boot options are:
Floppy, LS120, IDE0,SCSI,CDROM,IDE1,IDE2,IDE3,ZIP100,USB-FDD,USB-CDROM,USB-HDD,LAN,DISABLED
I tried to remove the IDE HDD (also no USB drives were connected) while installing windows, it won't boot anyway.
Even if windows did not write correctly the MBR (well, I used the repair console to with FIXMBR and FIXBOOT), the BIOS should probably say something like "No boot sector", but it just hangs.
After that I installed with an IDE HDD connected.
Presuming that "as i recall boards of yours age listed all drives as ide" is true, shouldn't I have IDE5, since there are 4 IDE channels anyway? I will try all the IDE options, anyway.
I did not understand this question "is the make and size of the sata in that list"?
It should ID the drive by model number or at least by brand & size as Wonkanoby said, at least it does on newer MBs.
Some options of the device are shown during boot (some RAID adjustments), but it is not displayed anywhere in the BIOS setup.
Also, on most bioses during oot a message is displayed "Press key XXX for boot options", but this one does not display something like this. Any clue if there could be such a key? F1 and F8 do not work.