Custom post screen for dells
I found a program for dells that lets you change the bmp displayed during post. If you change both the bitmap in post and your windows xp bitmap to be the same thing you wont even seen a change between post and windows xp booting. The program is: http://baywolf.netfirms.com/splash/a02/spl-a02.zip (it is on the dell ftp also I just originally found it here).
All you have to do is create a 16color bitmap file 640x480res and save it on your floppy disk that you will create using that program. When you boot from floppy it will start ms-dos and you will need to type:
splash "name of file"
Replace "name of file", with your filenamed of course. And you are good to go! Hope this helps some people. I ran it on my dell c400 latitude laptop and it worked perfectly. l Sorry I do not know what other dells it will run on. Enjoy.