Get a second hand mac off ebay. Would be ideal for this task, the most trouble free option, in terms of how much of your time it takes up.
Hi, my mom, retired, is finally taking the plunge and wants to buy a computer (something basic, maybe even refurbished, for CDs, DVDs, books on CD, and can print out stuff--but NOT for internet use) and asked me for advice.
I was thinking along the lines of an HP laptop as being easy to setup (since she's out of state and not the most tech-savy, having had trouble setting up cable, answering machines, vcrs, usually relying on me for such when I was growing up, tho she does have those now), plug in power and cable to a printer.
Would anyone recommend another brand or maybe a desktop?
-- Ken from Chicago
P.S. She's out of state (I think there's a law you have to move south when you retire) so I wouldn't be able to help set it up or troubleshoot it if something went wrong.