I'm thinking about getting a new laptop I will mainly use for gaming. The one I'm currently looking at is a Gateway M-150XL.
It comes with windows Vista, and combined with all its other problems, I've heard Vista dosen't perform as well as XP with gaming.
That being said, I'd like to put windows XP on this laptop, but I'm told by gateway that there is a "hardware incompatibility". Is this true? If someone could explain this to me I would greatly appreciate it.
I don't think there would be a hardware compatibility issue. I would try partitioning your hard drive into two parts, and then loading XP on to the new partition. I did that with Vista/Linux and it worked just fine. I would assume that you could do the same thing, but you would have to make sure that you leave enough space on the hard drive to copy all the files that you would need to play the games too.