Posted 20 April 2007 - 08:24 PM
I had this problem on my Dell XPS600. Actually, "checkpoint [Ithr]" only appeared ONCE in dozens of boot cycles. Most of the time all I'd get was a black screen, and a nogo.
After reading the forums here, I took a look at the BIOS settings. There is one place where you can tell the BIOS not to boot from USB (at least, I think that's what it does). At any rate, selecting No Boot there doesn't do much to fix the problem. However, when I make the local hard drive the FIRST bootable device, THAT worked. I disabled all but the hard drive and the CD drive, but made the hard drive first in the list. Preventing the BIOS from looking for a bootable device on a USB connection seems to have fixed the problem.
One side effect seems to be that it boots faster now - an unexpected bonus.
BTW, I agree that Dell's quality seems to have slipped a LOT from the time I got my first one some years ago. The XPS is a screamer, plenty of horsepower, with nice innovations, etc. But if it can't get past the simple stuff... I mean really, how long has USB been around? This is just sad, and frustrating, all the more so because Dell seems not to care.