I attempted to preserve her system by copying what was left of the drive to a new, much larger (40 GB) drive. And then I got really ambitious. I bought brand new memory sticks to maximize the machine's potential (384 megs) and a PL-iP3/T CPU upgrade from PowerLeap that would increase the computing power from 350 Mhz to 1.4 Ghz. I also got a wireless card and a repeater so I could connect from the garage where I was working on the machine to my home network. I got the system running and then ...
Everything fell apart. The system would only run for a few minutes before crashing so I left it alone last winter.
But when I remodeled my home office last week, I decide to bring the poor old HP out of the cold garage and put it in my office. Thus far I have replaced the 40 GB drive with another drive, but the Win98 system was so corrupt that I had to wipe clean the disk and start over with XP. I had saved all of my mom's documents to put back on the hard drive. I'm still struggling to get the CPU upgrade to run steadily, but am determined to do this by mid-December to give my mom new life.
I have a file drawer full of my mom's short stories, poetry, and rejection letters from publishers. I would dearly like to digitize her writing, just as I have digitized her art work, and put it on the web.