Problems are resolved
First, the SATA problem was "operator error". I should have realized that the install discs would not have the appropriate drivers. When installing Ubuntu WITH the internet connecter, it went off and found the drivers. (Thanks so son-in-law.)
Second, the <F2> not getting to bios. Reading through other F2 problems on this support site, but for different boards, some folks found that using an analog monitor with adapter to dvi port caused the problem. So, I disconnected the monitor, booted the board hitting F2 once a second until I guessed that if it was going to work, it would by now be in Bios. I reconnected the monitor (hot plugin) and viola, the system was in bios screen.
That, unfortunately for Intel, is a functional bug I cannot live with.