I had the EXACT same problem. Then, I reinstalled (I hate reinstalling, but I was testing different distros for a newbie), and on the second try, it worked fine. Still not sure why or exactly how it got going. It just worked the second time around, even I selected the same options.
(I'd decided that Mandrake 9.1 was friendlier, so I installed it to figure out the problem in case a similar thing happened.) I wish I had an answer, however, because my setup works great in both freebsd and debian as well.