Computer supplier MPC Corp., which acquired Gateway's education business in 2007, is going out of business--leaving countless schools and students with machines in need of repair and/or thousands of dollars in lost warranties.

MPC representatives did not respond to repeated requests for an interview. But educators who spoke with eSchool News said they've experienced poor service and support from MPC since the company's purchase of Gateway's assets--and they pointed to this failed acquisition as a key reason for MPC's collapse.

In October 2007, even though MPC posted a net loss of $25.3 million on net revenue of $53.6 million for the second


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