I downloaded Damn Small Linux onto a bootable flash drive and was able to get the machine up and running.
However I couldn't figure out how to mount the HDD...Linux n00b here.
It doesn't matter though. She's leaving Thursday and will drop off her laptop at the office on Friday with our tech people.
Thanks for the help though...and that DSL bootable flash drive is pretty damn cool. I've definitely got to play with that more.