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Your resolution is set above what the monitor supports.
when computer is first starting up hit f8 to get to boot modes.
choose Enable VGA Mode: This option starts Windows in 640 x 480 mode by using
the current video driver (not Vga.sys). This mode is useful if the
display is configured for a setting that the monitor cannot display.
When you are booted into windows you can then set your resolution to the highest that the monitor supports which is 1440x900
This message occurs when the display mode in the video settings is outside the parameters of the monitor.
One way to try and get past this is to boot to the F8 Menu (press F8 at startup till you get a windows start menu, and select the "Enable VGA Mode" for WIndows XP or "Low Resolution Mode" Vista/WIndows 7 and let the system boot to a 640 x 480 low resolution. Once at desktop, you can right click teh desktop and go to dispaly properties and increase the color and resolutiont to the OPTIMAL for you monitor.
You see "Signal Out of Range" does not mean you cannot go to Safe mode or see startup messages. It shows up when you dont have a display. The refresh rate of your monitor is a little slow. So when you wana go to safe mode, press the Power button and start pressing F8 option and you will get the safe mode option and you will see startup messages when you will get one. Your computer is perfect. :)
Chances are that the video driver for XP and 2003 differs (even if only slightly). You might want to start the 2003 in "Safe Mode" first to lower both the Screen Resolution and Screen Refresh Rate to the lowest possible. Thereafter do an update on the video card driver compatible with 2003 from the Dell.
Hope this be of initial help/idea. Pls post back how things turned up or should you need additional information.