Just for those who might be interested, the Inspiron has been working out ok
The on-board Ethernet works with Net.ether905.
The on-board modem seems to be soft, so I will have to get a modem PCMCIA
card, no big deal.
The display works with the flat drivers and Photon.
The touchpad seems to work ok.
I partitioned the hard drive so that there is a 2 gig FAT32 partition;
both XP and QNX with the Fatfsys driver seem to be able to see it ok. I will
use this to transfer CD images and such back and forth.
The CD R/W drive works under QNX, read-only of course.
All-in-all, a success. The only really sticky issue was the boot problem,
which has been resolved.