My Inspiron 1521 finally arrived after 5 weeks of stalling by Dell last night. It booted up the first time, but then failed to boot every time after that. I had to wipe the hard drive and use the recovery disk that Dell gave me, but after I finished the recovery, 4 drivers were missing.
I'm chatting with a tech now to locate these 4 drivers.
Many people have mentioned that Dell assembles "new" laptops from refurbished parts. I hope this has not been the case with min, but with everything that has happened so far, I would not be surprised.