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    I have this very early Gateway 2000 , It looks like an IBM clone. But I can't find much on the internets about these models.
    does anyone here know more?
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    That design is from the late 1980's (1989ish) and either a 286 or early 386 system.
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    Early Gateways were very standard clones. It will be necessary to open the system up and see what it inside. Gateways could be highly customized. Pictures of the card slots in the back might narrow some choices.

    My expectation would be that it is a 286 (AT clone) of 10 or 12 MHz. The disk controller and video card can only be identified by examining them directly. There will probably be a parallel plus serial port card. Floppy drives should be high density and the tape drive is most likely QIC hooked up to the floppy cable. Tape drive innards have turned to goo though.

    To open the case, there should be a set of screws around the back of the system. Remove them and the cover should slide forward. Pull gently. There is a tab on the cover that will grab unto the cables inside. Push the cables out of the way and eventually the cover will pop loose.

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    I know what is inside the computer. I wanted to hear a bit of the story of the early Gateway 2000 computers. I have googled the early models and couldn't find any that looked like mine. What I saw mostly was a model with curved front not as square as this one. Which looks like an IBM.

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    Look at PC Magazine issue of Jan 15, 1991 and their ad shows a number of the systems with the embossed G across the vents. The issue is online but direct linking to google books doesn't work. That was later than I thought though but the style lasted from about 1988 to 1992. The earliest models (86-88 ) were generic cases with a stick on label. Then, after around 1992 through the late 90s, Gateway had variations of the curved case fronts. My Gateways were from 1992 and 1997.

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    https://siouxcityjournal.com/news/ga...d9d141ad0.html

    A history of how the company started.
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    very cool thank you for the info krebizfan and unknown_k

    I actually found a folder with info on all the 5 Gateways I have and there was paperwork for this AT case.
    This computer was purchased in november 1989 and as a buyer you would get a typed and signed letter thanking for your business.
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    with all the options , it cost $2470

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    So from reading through that article, what I have is one of the first Gateway 2000 computers. Build during their humble beginnings in Iowa. Very cool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by allmacs View Post
    So from reading through that article, what I have is one of the first Gateway 2000 computers. Build during their humble beginnings in Iowa. Very cool.
    Yeah. I have one of those as well. Mine is 80386SX-16. Unfortunately, the motherboard took a dump and it no longer boots. It is currently sitting on the to do projects pile... Sigh...
    Current Wish List: 1. IBM 7531 Industrial Series PC 2. NEC MultiSync XL (JC-2001) Monitor 3. MicroSolutions MatchPoint AND/OR UniDOS card 4. Compaq 14" VGA CRT Monitor (the one that came with the SystemPro). 5. Stacker HW CoProcessor Board MCA BUS. If you have any of the above for sale please PM me. Thank you!

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    At first they were nothing but a clone maker buying off the shelf parts and selling them. Does the system show a gateway logo or identification when you turn it on (special BIOS)? They did seem to use quality parts.
    What I collect: 68K/Early PPC Mac, DOS/Win 3.1 era machines, Amiga/ST, C64/128
    Nubus/ISA/VLB/MCA/EISA cards of all types
    Boxed apps and games for the above systems
    Analog video capture cards/software and complete systems

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