your processor twice as fast other spec about the same. i upgraded from 98 to w2k now xp pro added 2nd hand ram now 320 & working fine on aol silver around 2-4 mbps(last check 4596.91 kbps down 370.96 up)...running the desktop for fun till breaks down then go for new one...had since jan 2000
Many thanks for the advice everyone. Think she was interested in the Virgin 2 for £20 offer icluding Telephone, Broadband and Digital TV. This would save her having a new TV aerial and save a few pounds a month on subscriptions. Just got to weigh up options. I had a XP upgrade CD from Amazon which all worked OK so she might take that route. Doesn't fancy a new PC with Vista though.
I use Virgin Media cable broadband with Linux and it works perfectly OK, it doesn't matter what operating system you use, unless you want to load their CD which is a load of rubbish anyway.
Whenever I ring them and they ask what system I use they always tell me my system isn't supported, that's because they haven't a clue about Linux only Windows is listed on their script they read out to you.