I have a computer from a friend that I am repairing. He has an Emachines 5000, 512MB 133mhz RAM, think a Celeron CPU, some odd gfx, 40GB HDD with Windows XP Pro. A piece of crap IMO, but his grandkids just use it, not really a downfall in any way.
Anyway, when I start up the computer, you see the XP splash, then Welcome screen then the Desktop. While it loads, the screen goes not white, but more like a grey color. CTRL + ALT + DELETE does nothing. I tried a chdsk, that found some stuff, fixed it, but that did squat.
I would of course do a safe reinstall, forget the name, but where you only touch the system files, not your personal data. But of course, he has no XP CD (previously have Windows ME) and I do not have any discs. Threw them all out a month ago.
I would just put Linux on there, but I don't know if the guy is ready for that. He's around 70. Next it will be, "This file doesn't work on this system." ...
I would just take this computer, and trash it, give him one of my old HP computers that we aren't using. It'd be better than what he has currently.
What shall I do?