I purchased the P173FX-XL from Tiger Dircet with Extended warranty. 33 days after using it, I shut it down and would not boot up the next morning. "interactive logon failed to initialize" pop up anad endless loop occured. No way to recover with recovery partition and Gateway DOES not have recovery media for this unit. I had to send the unit back to Gateway (at my cost) to have it repaired. I will not buy another Gateway because of this. I will stick to Toshiba
BTW tiger's extended warranty does not cover this type of problem either.
I have only owned mine for a little over a month. The only trouble i've faced so far is the mic/camera/audio not working properly. Tis a shame when playing games and i'm not a lip reader so I havn't bothered to watch a movie on here yet.