My computer and old Operating System have seen better days. Things are crashing almost hourly now. I am so grateful that the original donor was twice able to get this computer back up again (with telephone advice) after a partial freeze and fully appearing meld-down, but it is still malfunctioning online, so I have to shut it down frequently, as the sites I use seem to have updated using technology that is no longer inclusive of XP and my minimal RAM (adding more would be cost-prohibitive).
I therefore find myself in critical need of a new computer, even with all the toxicity and adverse health risks involved, and without the time to mitigate them (like running things somewhere else that is also fragrance free, for however long it takes to off-gas everything).
Here are some details:
Used computers would work ONLY if they were used in a completely fragrance-free environment (no scented candles or air “fresheners”, etc) by people who never used fragranced products on their hands, body, or laundry (meaning someone with MCS/ES), but could work temporarily if they had a completely fragrance-free history.
Most regular new computers are also too toxic for me, so it rules out all the cheap options, and I ***cannot *** use wireless devices, so have to be able to plug in to the internet (I use DSL here).
As I am housebound and isolated due to severe MCS/ES, I am dependent on a computer and the internet to get my groceries and everything else that requires contact with the outside world.
It seems there is one company that not only manufactures to ROHS standards, but even exceeds them (although I have yet to confirm this is applicable for all their regular “consumer” products in North America).
I have determined my needs in a computer, so that I can access the services and maintain some quality of life, and they are as follows (unless I forgot something):
I am interested in buying an ASUS laptop (as soon as possible) because they have the least toxic ones from what I can find (ROHS etc) but I need to talk with someone who can find the product with all the features best suited for my needs and budget.
I could not find a way to enter the criteria in somewhere to find a matching model.
I am in Ontario Canada.
I need a ROHS certified
ASUS 15″ – 17″ laptop
with metal case,
with as much RAM as possible (I tend to have a lot open at the same time)
I need (minimum) 3 USB ports as I have to use an external wired mouse and keyboard
I connect to the internet with wired DSL (not wireless), so that needs a port of some sort (ethernet?)… and I need to be able to disable all of the internal wireless ‘stuff’ easily so it can’t go on accidentally.
I need an internal camera, microphone, and speakers (ie for skype),
DVD player (I don’t have a tv)
SD? card reader (from my camera)
Adding equipment like speakers or USB hubs would mean more toxic exposures, as the wires especially emit plasticizer and other fumes (even if ROHS certified), so the computer needs to be as simple and inclusive as possible.
Good photo image quality would be a real asset, as I wish to be able to do some artwork and photography in the future.
I also need a new
ROHS certified WIRED external mouse
ROHS certified WIRED keyboard.
(the certs on those would need to be double checked to make sure they are actually stamped on the products themselves, as some vendors say they comply but if there are no labels on the actual product, they don’t comply and they stink)
I don’t know if ASUS has those or if they’d have to be found elsewhere.
These are all MCS/ES disability related needs, or I’d not be writing about it here as I could easily get something cheap but they are all too toxic for me.
Re O/S, I’d prefer not with Windows 8.1 (or so I have been told). If I have to learn W-10, I will need help as I have been using XP.
I’d use the computer plugged in predominantly, so battery life isn’t a deciding factor.
I may have forgotten something, as my lists have been scattered, but this seems fairly complete now.
So first of all, I really need help finding the most cost effective option that offers those features. Looking at all the tech specs online makes my few functional brain cells explode.
Being housebound, and isolated, I have to have access to a computer to order food etc. and find ways to have the things I need delivered if bought over the phone locally… I also have to be able to research symptoms and what I can do about them if I experience something new, as I don’t have access to healthcare either. And this: safe access to the internet provides me with the only bit of a social life I can have (due to all the toxic fragrance and other chemicals in laundry and personal care products that people buy and use).
Financially this is not something I have income for due to the limited (below poverty level) disability income I receive, so I also need fundraising assistance towards the cost of paying off the computer related credit card charges (and astronomical interest rates if I can’t pay it off in full right away).
I really don’t like asking, but as I have no other options at this time, if you have any disposable income, and can donate something via paypal, (which I’d have access to after getting a new computer if this one crashes again before that happens) here’s the link: https://paypal.me/lindasepp
or you can use this link:
I’ll be forever grateful for your kindness ♥
I don’t have the brain to set up a “go fund me” type thing, and promise to tell people when I have received enough… With great gratitude to those who have already helped, I have received about $250 so far. ♥
If you know anyone who can get me a really good deal on an appropriate new computer, that would be super helpful too.
Thanks very much.