Okay - since this "cat & mouse" expedition doesn't seem to be getting me anywhere and everyone here has been so helpful and I hate to keep bugging people, I will be taking the computer into a shop that our contractor suggests. He has never had any problems with their repair work and currently has 4 computers running in his home for 3 people. I will also be planning on buying a Mac as well. When I get this computer fixed and get the Mac, the Mac will be mine and shared with hubby and mother. This one will go to my daughter. She may let son use as well, or he will use the Mac or the netbook.
Thanks again everyone. I think I will go with a suggestion from The Highlander and get the Apple Mini Mac and this flat panel monitor from Newegg. After I get them, I may bug the Mac users for help.
Taking life one day at a time.