Looks like you need to fix the first problem first.
Must like a car with a flat tire and no spare, guess what you need?
But there is hope. Read http://tips.oncomputers.info/archives2004/0401/2004-Jan-11.htm and give them a KNOPPIX CD so they can use the hardware.
A friend of mine has asked me to post this, as his computer no longer works. He deleted some files he shouldn't have and now Windows 98 no longer starts. How can he restore the system? He says he no longer has the Windows 98 installation disks