(Not sure if this is the right forum, my apoligies if it is not)
I'm 17 years old, and homeschooled. Recently, a lady contacted my Mom with questions on homeschooling. My Mom invited her over, and she brought her kids with her. One kid is a 13-year-old named Jon. Jon had a bit of a problem, that is, his personal computer, which he had been given for free by a bank really sucked. Its specs were as follows (we found most of this out later):
Compaq Evo (???)
Video Card: Nvidia Vanta 16mb
Sound Card: SB PCI(WDM)
Ethernet Card: Intel Pro/100 VM
Microsoft Windows XP Professional Edition Service Pack 1
Poor Jon was rather computer illiterate. He didn't understand that he needed to have an Antivirus and Firewall for his computer. He also had no clue was spyware or adware was, and it became quite apparent from talking with him that his computer was completely packed with gigabytes of the stuff. He complained of toolbars on his windows explorer that had gotten so numerous that his view of files and folders had become very restricted. He recieved so many popups that he could not leave his computer alone, or it would slowly flood with popups until it ran out of memory. I told him about the importance of software to protect his computer, and told him to bring his computer over to my house in a few days so I could take a look at it.
Nothing can describe the horror of seeing how infested the thing was. I tried to fix it, but since I couldn't even install ad-aware because the computer just froze when I double-clicked the EXE, it became clear that it would be easier to reformat the thing. His family had an old Windows 98SE CD key, so we called his Dad and used that to install 98 on it (along with the CD my Mom was using). XP was no available, even though the key sticker was on his computer, as the bank had not given him any software CDs with the computer whatsoever, and we had no professional CD available to us. Windows 98 was probably better for his computer anyway, as it enabled him to play DOS games, as well as older games that don't run on XP.
After reformatting, the computer was perfectly fine. He was quite happy to have it working, and didn't realize how easy it was supposed to be to close windows (and not have to watch the window turn into a white box, then spend 30 seconds shrinking in height until it dissapeared).
I've been giving him lots of open-source programs and old software/games that I no longer need. Most recently, I gave him my WON Half-life installer, and Myst because I already beat that. I feel sorry for the guy because although his family is not poor, his mother has no plans to buy him a new computer. Anyway, Half-life barely ran at all, not surprising of course, and wasn't the only game to run this poorly.
Now my Mom is buying a new computer soon. Her old computer is deing on her, so I can't give that to Jon. What I can do (and have permission), is to give Jon my Mom's old video card, which should hopefully make his computer fast enough to run the stuff I want to give him. Unfortunatly, I am not aware if his computer will be able to handle my Mom's video card (Nvidia GeForce DDR AGP 64mb), or if it will even fit in his horizontal case. I was wondering if someone could tell me what I can do about his situation. Not one penny can be spent unfortunatly.