Got an external DVD drive (which the bios detected fine which was good).
Tried fresh windows 7 install onto Kingston drive via the external dvd drive but install crashed at same point as on usb stick. Figure that there was nothing wrong with my initial attempt at installing by USB stick, just that my system must have an instability that is vulnerable to that particular point in the windows install. Install halts then screen turns blue with some pretty vertical lines. (Its the copying files stage which normally only takes a few seconds before extracting files etc).
---insert expletive here---
Remembered that when I originally bought the laptop a good 5 years ago it originally came with a 60GB Toshiba HDD. Managed to find it in the attic (it had long since been upgraded by a Samsung HDD before SSDs were on the market).
Installed fresh windows 7 copy to the Toshiba. All was well. Did a full disk clone from the 60Gb Toshiba to the 64Gb Kingston SSD via a USB adapter (using Easyus todo backup free - SSD optimise + sector by sector clone). Installed the Kingston and set to primary boot drive in bios. Came up with the expected boot configuration error. Booted from my Windows 7 bootable usb stick. Ran repair installations and repaired boot configuration. Booted up on Kingston and all was well. Happy days.
Do sometimes get system crashes with the pretty vertical blue lines while in windows but system is 'reasonably' stable. Anyone have any suggestions on that please let me know.
Overall, the kingston drive is 10x faster than the Transcend thanks to its decent write performance and no juddering. I will take the risk of the occasional crash and no internal DVD drive over the Transcend any day.
For info crystal mark as follows:
Trandscend (UDMA 6) pciide.sys
Kingston (UDMA 5) pciide.sys
My advice is do the JMicron adapter upgrade to get a sata SSD over getting a PATA SSD any day. However you may find you lose you DVD Drive and some stability if you laptop motherboard doesnt wanna play ball. In this case having an old drive thats smaller than your SSD might come in handy unless you have better disk cloning software/knowledge than me!