Well, you didn't really say much, but it appears you have a real oldie as you mentioned. It maybe too old for anything really practcial or fun ordinated. It has to be at least a Pentium cpu of 200Mhz or better, I would strongly suggest a 500mhz cpu based system to even think of using. Anything else, while it could be used it defeats the purpose of a useful system. The s/w itself would have to be old in order not to overwelhem the system. Check your local Goodwill or Sal. Army for possible old system or online at: http://www.shopgoodwill.com
Of course check any used outlets as well. Even a brand new entry level system can be had for $400 on sale or online from the likes of eMachine, Dell, HP, etc. but read the fine print. As for your orginal question, if it boots up and it is DOS, forget about it. It has to have at least windows 3.0 or try win95 as the absolute minium OS, but win98 is far better.
basic practcial system: 500Mhz cpu, 128mb of ram, VGA graphic w/16mb(video ram), 10gb of HD storage, windows 95, floppy and CD drive(CD-R, CD/RW or DVD), and the kybd, yada, yada....
aquired an oldie but dos only running comp would like to make it useable for daughter to only be able to play a few games(no clue how to put them on) and a program so she can type and print/orsave reports for school all i can figur out is it is only running dos which is greek to me and it has 16 meg on it can i do anything with this thing or can i use parts for my comp now? not sure how much info you need still trying to get some......thank you