Why I hate Gateway
I hate Gateway with the passion of a thousand fiery suns. The reasons are many and varied. I guess it all started back in 2000. I ordered a new computer to replace my aging Compaq. I had been served well by that computer, but it was not really upgradable and I was getting into digital photography which demands a lot more storage than the little Compaq could provide. So I ordered a Performace 1000 from Gateway. The order went smoothly and I didn't have a problem with the computer until after 3 years of ownership. That's when things really headed down hill.
One morning, I woke up to find my computer totally frozen. I had to do a hard reset, and when it came back... actually, it never came back. It was deader than a doornail. So I called Gateway's crack support team. They had me try somethings, and in the end diagnosed that the motherboard had failed. And so the saga began.