I have a pentium 3 G5 and there quite a lot of problems, that come and go. I've triedt to repair the disc, using disc utility, but the "repair disc" butto is greyed out. After I do the disc verification, "repair disc" is still greyed out. I've tried to re-install OS X, but the disc is quite old. Half way through the installation stopped and it was impossible to log back onto the mac. I had to put it in safemode and connect it to my brothers ibook with a firewire and press down mac+T so it went tito safemode, then I re-installed the operating system ad it was ok. But since then there's sitll lots of problems, like much more frequently bugs come into software. Like, Flash MX just shuts itself down adn I have to go back to using Flash 8, because its an old machine and I don't have the serial number any more. The machine Is REQALLY REALLY slow now, but there's nothing stored on the harddrive and I don't run lots of applications at once.
The man on the helpline was very brusk with me because I bought the machine 9 or 10 years ago. Then he started saying I was talking too much about this problem and b******g about how I should be using my time more effectively. He must be makeing about 40 or 50K a year. But for me, the cost of the mac is less than my total cashflow for two months. Even if I decide 2013 is the year I stop sitting on the floor, I can splash the cash at IKEA Croydon and still keep living expenses for Jan and Feb below the cost of a G5. So if it takes me a whole week just to find out how to fix the problem, so I can carry on doing disc repairs and keep the machine running for a couple more years, its WELL WORTH IT. The way the American guy from Apple was so interested in my use of term, you would think he was paying for it (perhaps, in a parrallel universe he has paid something, but I live on earth and on this planet he hasn't paid a penny).
During mu UFO absduction experiences, the littlew green men always tell say that my circulamstances will soo channge dramatically and I hshould stop worrying about small problems, like this. Its probably better it if I don't base my budget on what the little freen men sya is going to happen. I should spend the time fixing the computer instead, bucause in all these yaars of kidnapping, what they tell me on the UFO spaceship never turns out to be the true.