I will give him our old one. I don't advise ever doing this. What you need to do with your old computer is pull out the hard drive and put a big and deep scratch across it. Nevertheless, I cleaned up the hard drive as best as I could. It is a clean machine for him, but it in spite of me removing so many programs, emails, pictures, videos, history and evidence, it is not the fastest machine.
It had not been plugged in for a couple of years and would not start. After much plugging in and unplugging, it did eventually, with a message about a flat CMOS battery. I guess it had to be plugged in for a bit for that thing to charge up, and then it started. The time was wrong and I was not about to go to the effort of connecting it to the net to fix such things, including updating the virus checker. About one and a half hour was spent cleaning it of our stuff, scanning for errors and defragging. Our big machine at home runs on Windows 7, but the old one, uses Windows XP. It is a bit slow and a bit tired but still works. Rather like me, really.
Meanwhile, ABI Brother has signed up with the big company for ADSL in a phone bundle. If he has his new modem by Sunday, we should have it up and running for him quite quickly. Famous last words.