Originally Posted by David Green
how does one tell if a Dell C800 latitude is locked?
it is because new notebooks since vista release have locked their SATA drives from installing XP into it. Seems your laptop donot have such problems.
if this is not the problem then boot through mandriva and dont make a mouseclicks/keystrokes until the desktop appears.. in an old versions of ubuntu, while booting through live disk it asked me for username and password as i made some mouse gesture during boot process. i never tried mandriva though! try this, as you told it works with acer then it should work with dell also!