the problem arises before I try to format the disk, I'm not able to create partitions too, because no hard disk is visible into the Suse 8.2 built in installer GUI.
I think (I sink too!) that the problem is quite similar to that explained in www.linuxquestions.org/questions/history/74907
but the controller is not the same.
What I ask is:
a) is there a way to patch the kernel and make Linux recognizes the drive?
b) can I install it with enhanced mode switch on?
c) 2.4.22 , the latest stable kernel version, does host P4P800 support? ( as I can see the answear is no).