It's at least 10 years old, but it does everything I need it to (which isn't much). About a year ago it started acting weird at shutdown - you had to unplug it for about 1/2 an hour before you could turn it on again. If you unplugged it and plugged it in (to the wall socket) right away it wouldn't power up. Then about a week ago a disgruntled 4 year old cut the mouse cable to prevent her brother from using it. She was in a fair amount of trouble but I have to abmit it was pretty funny. When I found the computer it was off so I don't know the details of the shutdown. It now boots directly to the HP blue screen and just sits there. No startup screen or prompt to start in safe mode. I'm guessing it's bad but I'm not willing to spend anything on a new computer, I'll do without unless there's a homeowner level fix for this one. Wanna kill these ads? We can help!