So I'm not the only one who has had trouble installing XP onto a SSD. Glad to hear you managed to sort it out. Thanks for the advice on the using a USB stick, I will give it a go.
I know it probably sounds like I've given up on the carputer, when talking about alternative uses for the hardware. That is my way of preparing for the worst case of not getting it to work. I still like the idea of one central unit controlling all my in car navigation, communication and entertainment needs. However the status of the project has changed from being a professional application to being something I work on as a hobby trying your USB stick suggestion first.
Now for a general interest item. I have a navigation, communication and entertainment system on my motorbike based on an Autocom Pro-M1 unit with a bluetooth module, Garmin Zumo 550 GPS unit, UHF radio, iPod and mobile phone. Everything feeds into the Autocom which connects to my helment which has stereo speakers and a mic. The bluetooth module answers and hangs up incomming calls automaticly so I can keep on riding. When I receive a call the music is muted. UHF has full VOX, permanent transmit or push-to-talk function set via a switch/button at the left hand grip. When I use the UHF radio the music is lowered to half volume. The Zumo has an MP3 player. Music and navigation prompts are sent via hard wire to the Autocom. The Zumo can bluetooth audio to the Autocom but it sounds better hard wired. I can pair my phone to the Zumo but I prefer the way Autocom controls it so I only use this function in the car. When I don't need the Zumo I use my iPod for music. And it has been working perfectly since installed in 2003!!!