We will be seeing more of these. I have two on my bench right now. One dell and one HP. It sees to be too new to be identified. A recovery from recovery partition will fix it.
Use the ubuntu live cd to boot and transfer the user file tree to an external drive before running the recovery.
If you don't mind a test, try this:
type "administrator" as the log in name and leave the password field blank. hit enter.
If you get a dialog box that mentions logging on to a netware server or choosing a login script, let me know.
I have no idea why the ones I have do this but I cannot think of any reason both my clients pc's would do this since they have never been on a netware network.
Why didn't the recovery partition work? Do you have the dell oem xp cd's?
Edited by Ken-in-West-Seattle, 08 February 2010 - 07:20 PM.