|Thank you for responding guys! |
Terri_Kaduck & DAVEINCAPS - Thank you for your input. :) While I understand the inconveniences of having an older system, the issues really won't come into play I don't think. My father's native language isn't English, and he wouldn't trust himself enough to do anything on Paypal or Ebay. He'll probably spend most of his time looking up parts for his hot rod. Also, I'd most definitely use an alternate browser to IE. I haven't used IE (or recommended anyone else to use it) in probably 6 years.
The only reason I haven't wanted to just go buy him a new comp (they're not exactly expensive these days) is because I really don't think he'll use it all that often, and spending $400 on a comp he'll use maybe once a week (most likely less) to look up cars and check email just seems like a waste.
riider - Thank you so much for the info! :) I haven't used Linux before, but I've heard from a few people that they prefer it. Is it compatible with, say, Firefox? Also, I have access to a copy of 98 SE, do you think that would be a possibility? And, again, a lack of funds isn't the driving force behind my efforts to fix up this old system. My father didn't realize how old of a system it was when he obtained it. He was just excited to get a computer for free, just for the sport of it. haha His health has been poor for years, and I just wanted to extend his sense of self-satisfaction as far as possible. I'll check tonight when I can see the computer again to find out the model number. When I checked on the back of the tower, the sticker with all the info on it had been removed, and in my cursory inspection I was unable to find it anywhere else. Perhaps I'll be able to find that out after a closer look.
And thanks again, to everyone who responded. I really appreciate the advice. :)