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Old 12-17-2005, 12:40 PM   #1
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Question real, real, real, basic computer for my Mom

To All:

My Mom's computer has been acting up lately. All she does
is mostly email and very few documents. Not even surfing
and definitely no photo, music, graphics, etc. Right now,
she's using the buggy, virus-friendly window, which is an
overkill (based on her usage). Are ther any real simple
"computer" we could get her?

For example,
- blackberry except keyboard is too small and no word processing
- $100 laptop (out recently) except screen is too small and cranking
is not wanted
- word processor except no email

Btw, what is the latest on those machines that Larry Ellison (Oracle)
tryied to designed?


- screen must be big enough and resolution must be decent
- email and word processing; wifi is a plus
- no more than $9.95/month, she is paying juno, for network (dialup is okay)

Thanks in advance for any idea(s).

Old 12-17-2005, 12:53 PM   #2
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i'd just try to find an old PIII and a monitor somewhere for a good price. they're all over ebay, or check garage sales in your area.

Old 12-17-2005, 01:28 PM   #3
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You could also try retrobox.

However these laptops and computers do not come with an operating system, which is what makes them do darn cheap. I bought a pentium III laptop for $227 for my mom. They rate each laptop and computer letting you know if there are any problems. I made sure her laptop said excellent in the comments, and they were right it was in excellent shape (no dead pixels, no cracks). Also be aware the screen abrasions is just a heading it's whats listed after that you need to look at.

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