On my own here. I figured out how to set up a dual boot, only had to reinstall and upgrade Windows XP to SP2 (run update 4 times after install) 3 times!
Toshiba Satellite 1405 with Windows XP widgets, nevertheless, I'm pretty happy with progress so far: steep learning curve. Got a little Trident CyberBlade problem, will be posting that elsewhere. Some conflicts, don't know where, or how to find.
Looking forward to getting completely out from under Bill's thumb...