So my buddy got hit by a car a few months back and really badly broke one of his legs... he's still at least a year away from walking and as a normally very active person, just sitting around at home is very difficult for him. I've been trying to get him set up with an older computer so that he can play games and do word processing and such. I managed to find a Compaq Presario 4550 (specs) with a basic installation of Windows 98, and I have a joypad and the usual peripherals. I have some older games - Warcraft 2 and such - but the installation doesn't have the right versions of DirectX and a number of other libraries. I need DirectX 8.0 or later, and others (as I find more I'll post them here.) Can anybody help me locate legit installations of these? I'm going to ask some of my gamer friends to give me a hand, but I'm sure some of you folks out there know what's up. I'm normally a Mac/POSIX type of guy, so I'm flying kind of blind. I'd just put a Linux on this machine, but it doesn't have a network card so everything has to go to it via CD, and I'm rusty on Linux installs anyways... still open to the idea though. My no. 1 priority is to get it running some emulators, as my friend has never played Zelda before, which I find appalling.
Thanks in advance,