Ok. So I could not figure out what was happening with the FC6. I tried several different ways of trying the install and none would get past GRUB file error 15. The last time I wiped the drive and let FC6 use the entire drive the install hangs at the installing boot loader screen.
I rebooted. Used a Knoppix CD. I could see that the installer is putting 99% of the OS files off of hdc1.
It is putting a grub and lost+found folder off of hdc2. And the grub.conf file was empty. This probably had something to do with hanging install on "loading boot loader". I have told the FC6 installer to put GRUB in the MBR. Is that what hdc2 is? I thought this just meant 2nd partition on hard drive c. FYI, this system has only one hard drive.
At this point I did decide to just confirm that the way I had the hard drive, motherboard, CPU, etc... configured was setup correctly.
So I had some old FC4 CDs thought I would give that a whirl. Blew up on the second CD with a pyGTK error.
Downloaded Ubuntu 6.10. I chose the option to let Ubuntu to decide how to partition up the drive. Installed like a charm.
So I guess my question now is what is the best way for me to extract the information about what Ubuntu did correctly? Should my next step be to try to install FC6 "next" to Ubuntu? OR I guess I could try one more install of FC6, let it partition the drive, and see if I can get past the hanging boot loader section. Reboot to knoppix and the examine the grub.conf and try to find the kernel, check the boot dir.
I'll post more info tomorrow.