Having problems with your Dell Dimension 2400 PC Desktop ?

I want to buy a new computer.. I am 77

\015 I want to buy a new computer.. I am 77 years old and have a six year old Dell Dimension which hasserved me well...but starting to get unstable.Since I mostly do email and internet stuff and Open OfficeI don't need a big gorilla of a machine. What would yousuggest for this 77 year old gal?\015

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By unstable, do you mean you're having hardware troubles, or is it just that WIndows is giving you problems? All your compuer might need is a good physical cleaning, some added RAM, and a fresh software installation. The Dell is a good basic computer, and there's no reason to replace it for your stated applications (unless it really is bad hardware).

If you really to buy a new computer, look at the Sunday advertising supplements in your local paper for sales. The big office places, Best Buy, Wal-Mart (assuming you live within a comfortable distance of some retailers), all will have some low-cost basic systems. You don't need anything fancy; any of them will be fine for you. I can't suggest any specific brand or model since there are so many. Just let price be your guide. There are also many online sellers (tigerdirect.com, newegg.com, the retailers themselves who often have much more available online than in the stores, to name a few) if you're comfortable with buying things that way.

Here's another suggestion: keep your current computer and go Linux. The Linux operating system is made to run on almost anything, is known for being stable and thrifty with your system resources (unlike some other operating systems), and also happens to be free, which is a very good price. I use the version called Ubuntu and recommend it highly to someone looking for an easy-to-use Windows alternative. It installs automatically, and you wind up with a graphic desktop that looks a lot like Windows so there's not much you won't already be familiar with. Ubuntu includes Open Office, Firefox, email software that works like Outlook Express (if you use that; if you're using web-based email then it makes no difference at all), media and game applications. Most newer printers work fine with Ubuntu.

Sorry, didn't mean to preach, but I like it! I hope I haven't confused you too much, maybe helped a little. Thanks for using Fixya, and if I can help down the road just post again.
I'd personally go with the cheapest priced acer or toshiba at walmart or best buys. They have the same components as most standard machines out there and will last you a while. Look to spend 300-400 dollars and no more.
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