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i recently installed xubuntu 6.06 distro on my ibm x40 (formerly running windows xp) using the bootable install cd with a usb dvd-drive (the x40 lacks internal floppy or optical drives). That distro is equipped with a graphical installation wizard which was easy to use. The wizard provided an option to wipe the hard drive (also removing all existing partitions) before installing the distro on whatever new partitions it needed to make. I installed xubuntu and was soon feeling my way around xfce, using the terminal to enter shell commands as i perused one of the guides hosted by the Linux Documentation Project, setting up email in thunderbird, etc. I was discouraged by the lack of support for my bluetooth dongle. I kept on reading about a set of drivers for bluetooth hardware called blueZ but blueZ was supposedly already included in major distros (and surely included in ubuntu 6.06) so i was confused by xubuntu's apparent lack of this tool (from what i can tell the only difference between xubuntu 6.06 and ubuntu 6.06 is the use of xfce instead of gnome desktop). Assuming that the most likely problem was that xfce is simply not equipped with a graphical utility for managing bluetooth, and unable to find a way to configure bt dongles via the terminal, I decided to try installing the kubuntu distro because i was unsure of how to switch to the kde desktop without installing a whole distro equipped with the new desktop. Unfortunately when i loaded the install cd in my usb dvd-drive and rebooted the computer, it stopped during the boot sequence as if it could not find a bootable device. I finally realized that the problem could be solved by disconnecting the dvd drive from the computer and hitting f12 to get the list of bootable devices, then selecting the dard disk from the list. Had my bios been tweaked by the xubuntu installation? I checked the bios settings for boot order and sure enough 'usb-cdrom' was still in the first slot so i dont understand what happened. I thought that the ability to boot from a given device was solely a property of the bios so i dont understand how installing a linux distro can affect my computer's ability to boot off of a certain device. I eventually connected the hard drive from the x40 to an external usb enclosure and connected it via usb to another computer (running windows xp). I located the drive but was surprised to find that windows was seeing it as a cd-rom drive containing a read only cd-rom. I am unable to boot my x40 from anything except the hd and i cant format the hd in windows (windows doesnt even know its a hard drive). I am at a loss for what to do next. Any advice would be great.
Installing a Linux distro cannot possibly affect your BIOS. Did you make sure your Kubuntu disk was good (i.e. could you boot from it on another system)? Can you try with a different USB CD drive?
Also, I wouldn't necessarily assume that the Bluetooth stuff had come with Ubuntu. They may not have been installed since relatively few people use Bluetooth, so you may need to install them separately.