You say that you can't see the drive in the installer. I am assuming this is a single internal drive. Since you have already made and formatted partitions in Gparted, did you use the manual partitioning mode in the installer? If so you should have seen your pre-made partitions. If not, I would first expect a bad burn of the install CD. If gparted could see and make partitions for you then so should the installer.
Fred! That is exactly what I expected too! When I noticed that gparted and the disk tool could both see the drive I expected that maybe once I created the partitions and formatted them, that the installer would see the drive but it doesn't.
Sadly I know it's not just a bad burn because I downloaded using bit torrent and I also downloaded the latest ubuntu which is doing exactly the same thing.
Is there a way I can install without using the installer program or a way to make the installer see the drive even?
Thanks for the help so far Fred!