Bug#311342: Have also encountered this problem, and found a workaround
I realise that a 4 year old bug report may not be of any interest to
you, but I also encountered a similar problem, and have found a workaround.
* Installing on a factory standard Asus M9V laptop, with the same
Intel 82801FB/FBM IDE controller and a HTS541060G9AT00 60GB HDD (device
ID's as reported by Windows XP device manager).
* I was installing Ubuntu 8.10 (from the image
* I tried booting from CD, or using Unetbootin - but got the same
problem both ways.
* I tried running install from the initial Ubuntu menu, or by clicking
the desktop icon once Ubuntu had booted into it's try-before-you-buy
mode - but got the same problem both ways.
* When installing, I chose these options:
- Language: English
- Keyboard: USA
- Timezone: Asia/Sydney
When the graphical installer got to the partitioning stage, it would not
show any partitions on the disk, produced no error message, and would
not let me proceed (since you obviously need to specify which partion to
install ubuntu on).
I unplugged all external devices (notably, my USB mouse) before booting
the Ubuntu installer, and then everything worked fine.
I note that the 82801FB is also the USB controller.