Mom got hooked on e-mail...
Lately, her ISP folded and we couldn't find a new host, so my brother and I put our resources and parts bins together and mom now has a nice computer, with a desk of it's own, and a flat screen monitor, and a cable modem, and it's all custom set up for her left handedness.
We've been putting this together on paper and in fact for about two weeks.
Yesterday, I finished running cable through basement cobwebs and then back up through the floor. Tonight I came over, reformatted the drive, and did a clean installation of Windows XP. This takes a bit of time, but it is the right way for her to go.
We're trying to make it reliable and fast. I even gave the machine a bit more RAM.
We're trying to give mom the "right stuff."
Everything was almost finished, I was anxious to show her the joys of surfing and I went to click Ok and......... nothing.
The machine wouldn't recognize the mouse !
OK I said, I come prepared, and plugged in the other mouse....
... and n-o-t-h-i-n-g, and rebooted, and nothing, and plugged in the third mouse and the thing still didn't work because the *^^&%$^&%$%#()()*&^$#$$%^#$$^%& port is bad.
So I closed it up and turned it off and went home for the night.
But Saturday !!!!! .
GRRRRRRRRRRRR ! ! !