Thanks for the advice seems win 7 is the way to go for the easy option.
Just ordered a cheap bootable 16gb usb for £16.99 on ebay, hope this can do the job.
In the meantime and having spent to much time reading decided to play around.
I used a Fedora 9 installer to make a live cd, onto a adata 300x cf
using the links from thinkwiki
Next used WinGrub to make a bootable storage.
pluged in CF card reader with cf card
changed boot to ffrom "generic USB adaptor"
booted first time.
Can't believe it, seems a bit slow but this is running via the a USB multi card reader which I think is knocking performance.
Found some instructions on how to install the tablet pen but haven't quite got my head around linux yet. Like where is the comand line, am I one second away from nuking my xp install (careful with that grub)?
So that's the update.
Federoa 9 runs okay from a USB card reader with a cf, it not nice and not the blindingly fast i hoped a cf would be, but it's a start and I haven't nuked my xp install yet.
Also I let fedora do the install work so next time I'll check what the File system is, think it's fat32. Had read somewhere linux on cf has some wierd name i can't remember.
Makes me think that kalway install can't be that difficult and I wish that I hadn't been a cheap skate and bought the addonic dual cf adapter, by the time I get this thing 100% CFs will be even cheaper and I could easily do a win 7, linux & mac.
If anyone has a really fast x41 tablet, what linux would you recommend? Ideally i'm looking something that snappy, uses the tablet and is not too complex to install.
Hopefully opting for google gears and breaking free of the MS grip will save space on the CF.
I'm wondering if I can ditch the backup win tablet xp idea, wholely remove the hardrive, contect the CF card to the pata cf adaptor, run it and install fedora 9 to the CF as a hard drive. Will this work? and bring things upto speed.
Sounds a bit to easy to me?
thanks for the input