questionsdoes anyone remember gateway computers?

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I have an old gateway computer in my trunk. It was the first computer I bought with my mom it cost 1800 dollars, on todays market I wouldn't pay $50 for it.

It's in the trunk because I am getting rid of my PC graveyard. I need to take it to be recycled.

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@gideonfrost

I was cleaning out the garage and found an old Gateway computer in ts box. I would take it to Goodwill and write it off as a donation but I would probably only get a dollar.

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Didn't Walmart distribute Gateways for a while? If I remember right they sold some not too long ago.

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Gateway computers have such low memory, they don't even remember Gateway Computers.

I remember they used to be serious competitors with HP and Dell. At least the brand is doing well under Acer.

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Still have one sitting in the lab hooked up to an old piece of equipment. It runs 98, so it's not too taxed.

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I bought a Gateway from Moofi as a Christmas present a few months ago. They still exist, albeit just as an alternate branding for Acer. http://moofi.woot.com/moofi/ptolemywasthefirstfilesharer

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The first computer I personally bought was a Gateway 2000 Pentium 133.

There is a long tale of inept technical support that goes with it. I'll summarize it here for the sake of entertainment.

The CD-ROM drive would regularly disappear from the list of available drives. We would call support and after an hour of "do this, now do that" we would have it working again.

A few weeks later we would repeat the dance again. On our 4th or 5th call, while waiting on hold, our monitor went "pop" and smoke came out of the vents. We explained what happened and they sent us a new monitor.

A week later..."pop"...smoke...new monitor #2
A week later..."pop"...smoke...new monitor #3
A week later..."pop"...smoke...new monitor #4
Now I'm wondering why do these monitors keep going bad, so I ask the tech support person if they could send me a new video card along with monitor #4.

They do, and when I open the case to install it I see a post-it note on the video card that read: "BAD CARD - DO NOT USE!!"

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I remember Gateway. They were from Nebraska originally I think, hence the cow boxes. I graduated from college in 1992 and they were kind of the "trendy new kid on the block". I remember a coworker at my first 'real' job got one, a "really powerful 486", and was really proud of it.

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@tsfisch: I remember my DX50 could run circles around everyone's SX processors! Man good days they were.

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Aren't they the ones who had the first dedicated stores (pre Apple Store), with the cow boxes?

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@tsfisch: You were close. They were located in Sioux City South Dakota. Which is basically where Iowa, Nebraska, and SD all share a border.

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My first desktop was a Gateway too. Box, monitor, and printer for $1000. Had this new Intel chip called a Pentium in it. It was nice to not have anybody be able to call me because the phone line was all tied up with the dial up modem. And using AOL "Welcome...You've got mail!" Exciting times.

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They're not dead.
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Yet...

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my first pc was a P2 (I think it was 450Mhz) gateway with a 27GB hard drive, 256MB of ram, and a new-fangled 4x CD-burner. cost about $700, and that 27GB HDD was the biggest available.

there was actually a seal on the case, saying all gateway warranties were void if seal broken. Customer/tech support were horrible. Hence my next buy from dell, who I've had nothing but good experiences with for just over a decade.

And for the record, it's been 5 years since acer bought gateway.

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Yup. My first laptop in 2006ish was a Gateway and it's the best laptop I've ever had - I could play games like Oblivion on it, and I still use it as a media PC on my TV.

I had to send it in once under warranty support because it stopped recognizing the AC adapter and had no problem whatsoever getting service, I was very happy... unlike Dell who I had terrible service/return experiences with.

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They didn't disappear THAT long ago. A call center I temped at did Gateway customer satisfaction surveys. I know we at least were doing that project in 2004. Though granted, 8 years is like, 35 in technology years.

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My dad still has one; he took it to Office Depot to see what was wrong with it last month. "Well, first of all, you need more RAM. Second, it's a Gateway and you can't add more RAM."

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I have a Gateway laptop that I bought about 8 months ago. They are still being made, just made by Acer under the Gateway branding. It came with 3GB of Ram and I upgraded it to 8. It is a really nice Intel Core i3 laptop and it does the job. Haven't had 1 problem out of it yet.

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I just brought my daughter home an old Gateway box that has been sitting in my office for years and years. Every time she came to visit me at work, she wanted the "cow box", so I finally dusted it off and gave it to her to play with..

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I bought a Gateway netbook right here on Woot two or three years ago.

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If I see a box with cow spots on it, I'd think I got a gift basket from Stew Leonard's... not a Gateway

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The first desktop I bought in college was a Gateway. It was great! The second gateway I bought was a laptop several year later. Unfortunately their customer service declined greatly by the time I need to contact someone about my laptop. It was bad enough that I chose another company for my subsequent computer purchases.

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I almost purchased one when they had a large brick/mortar store in my vicinity. Finally did not and purchased a Compaq.

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I've used my Gateway notebook at least 6 hours/day since 2009; on it now. Didn't realize it was a dead brand- came here looking for a new Gateway or Dell, all I find is hp / compaq crap. I'll check out Acer, thanks.