Linux: I suppose I should have said it used to be dual boot with Red Hat 9, before it died. I wasn't doing super well with linux, but I could use unix and emacs effectively. Unfortunately, I'd want to play www.isketch.net
and it's $40 to get a stupid crossover plugin.
Ram: It's new ram, picked out specifically for the new motherboard. I hope I can trust he chose the right kind.
PSU: A brand new ATX 300 watt. Made in China? Other markings: A+GPB P4-12V cRU RU CE CB.
Graphics card: Yep, it's an MX. Geforce4 MX440 8x with 64mb DDR ram. He suggested I download new drivers for it, which I haven't done yet.
You're right. It's his fault. It even crashed a few things when he started it up in the shop for the first time. I should have stopped this then, but I thought Norton SystemWorks could clear that up, until I installed SystemWorks and it crashed too. It's almost funny how arbitrary programs will predictably crash every time I try to launch them, until I restart and it chooses new programs to not launch.
So now how do I approach him? My mom is getting all emotionally unstable about it because we can't afford anything more done to the machine. I liked it the way it was back then, and I'm sure we could get old hardware cheaper than this new stuff which is supposedly "too fast." But XP would be nice. He tells me to buy it online-- look for a damaged disk or a deal bundled with hardware. I suppose I could afford it myself instead of asking my parents to buy it. But I was fine with 98... It's a hard decision... But reasonably, I plan on getting a tabletPC anyway before I graduate, so I'm not gonna need this machine as much. I'll trust Zeek and bring it back. This guy needs to fix it. Thank you for your advice, everyone.