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I am trying to find a disc for gateway computer serial # 0017892149 to make it run

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Hi, I think this will help you. Go to www.gateway.com, and click on Support. On the next screen, type in your serial number and click on Submit. That will take you to a page where you can download what you need or get other stuff, like manuals. Example, click on My Downloads and then tell them which operating system. You may spend a little time but you'll get what you're searching for. Best wishes.


Model: ESSENTIAL 433C
Serial #: 0017892149i am trying to find - pencil.gifEdit
Ship Date: 3/8/2000
Warranty Expires: EXPIRED

Posted on Apr 08, 2008

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