Now you know why the computers were thrown out or given away. This is 2007 not 1995. In my opinion a computer today needs at least 1ghz processor,512 MB ram and Xp if possible(Win98SE in a pinch). Plus a decent graphics card. These types of machines aren't worth the effort.
I find and as necessary and possible repair older computers that have been thrown out or given to me for distribution to families who cannot afford to purchase or repair them. One of the big problems I have is finding enough computers particularly units with at least a 266mhz processor. The reason I need this minimum is I have problem getting any free-source OS to operate on a lessor specification. However I do have several legal copies of Windows 95 and a few 3.1 but when installing them on a computer with a cpu mhz of less than 266 is trying to find antivirus and firewall protection for them as the related ram memory size is quite often only 46mb to 96mb available. With very little ram memory it is hard to find protection that will allow the OS to run as well with so little resources and my question is does anyone have any suggestions of any combinations of OS's and protection to allow me to use these very old resource challenged units.
I hope I have explained this problem clearly and appreciate any ideas or solutions. Thanks