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Clearly BIOS support isn't a problem then. Do you have any partitions on the drive currently? Is so what size are they and what type. At the risk of insulting your intelligence you havn't got a 28GB FAT32 partition on it and Linux is reporting just the free 2GB?
What kind hard drive do you have? I have heard of Maxtor having particular drives that come up with problems like this, and they need particular drivers or something for the whole drive to be recognized.