Thanks to all for halting my purchase of either a laptop or desktop computer. I was attracted to the price-point but hesitated and stumbled on "3 cents"; thank God I did. Who needs all those headaches, and I discerned that all I've read has to be more than random cases. So my comments to Gateway: GET YOUR ACT TOGETHER IN THIS COUNTRY OR GO OUT OF BUSINESS!
I have a Gateway dual-core processor tower desktop that just now died of motherboard failure. That is the third time in less than one year. The first time required nearly 8 weeks of waiting to get a new motherboard. The second time required a few weeks. I assume this time will require the same few weeks or more...provided Gateway assumes any responsibility for selling such a shoddy piece of equipment. I think it is time to use it as a boat anchor, something for which it perhaps was originally intended.
Purchased a desktop in 2007. It is a piece of junk. Came with security system which does not work. Warranty not refundable. Security not refundable. You get referred to the security company. The security company refers you back to Gateway. The supervisor at Gateway gives you the wrong information. Poor service for a pathetic piece of junk.
MADISONVILLE, TENNESSEE -- This is my second buy from Gateway. I should have known from the first more than 11 years ago. The first one was a Pent. 3, it crashed and burned more times than I can recall. I spent endless hours on the phone with tech support, I formatted at least 3 times before finally taking it to their service center where they formatted it again. It was a good learning machine. Now I bought another desktop and monitor thinking that everything is made about the same anymore so what the hell.
No more phone support, they don't want to hear it. Lots of emails with tech support that ended with me having to ship my entire system to Texas where I betcha they're going to format it. Long story short, they wouldn't send me a shipping label and it cost me 97.00 to ship the stupid thing. Bottom line, they call themselves Gateway for a reason; their systems are the Gateway's from hell!!!
BRONX, NEW YORK -- In July 2007, I purchase a desktop from Gateway, and I have returned it twice for repairs. It keeps shutting down when in a restart mode, and I have lost all of my input. The second time I returned it in December 2007. I had just purchased a Sony DVD+R Ram on Nov. 24, 2007 for $71.00 from Gateway Direct. A part which did not come with the original purchase. When they returned the computer, the DVD+R was missing and they said they removed it because they said it was not an original part. They have failed to return my DVD+R even after several request and the computer is still defective.
DOVER, OHIO -- I'm on my 3rd or 4th monitor. I've re-installed my software about times. I've re-formatted my hard drive, wrote zeros to the hard drive, re-installed the software over and over again, only to have the computer re-boot and give me the message that I need to re-install Windows 98. It doesn't recognize the software that's installed. The drivers keep going bad. You name the problem, that computer has had it.
The techs suck big time. You never get the same one so they are supposed to keep a running file on your complaint until the issue is resolved. Good luck. Some of the techs don't read. Last week I had to send my computer back to Gateway. I called them and asked where it was; when they finally found it, the Customer Relations person told me all the diagnostics tests had not been completed. That was Tuesday, 11/19. Today I called and was told that my computer was shipped back to me on Tuesday, 11/19. HUH!! Does this mean they shipped it back without testing it?
GATEWAY COMPLAINTS -- In my experience, Gateway support personnel refuse to give information on how to escalate a problem. Here is where to send your letter of complaint (they do not accept faxes or phone calls): Executive Response Team - 610 Gateway Drive, P. O. Box 2000, No. Sioux City, SD 57049. For better response, you can fax your letter of complaint to the South Dakota Consumer Affairs Dept. Good luck!