So it appears the real solution is to fix the bios. I am still trying to formulate how to go about this, but the first problem I encountered is that the bios rom I downloaded from Gateway's site shows as 513kb and the Phoenix Bios editor will not open it. I took a look with a hex editor, and the first half of the file is all FF. Can I just delete enough of the FF's to bring the file down to 512kb? Is it common in the bios world to put the code at the end of the file or is there some translation that occurs during the flashing process?
I hope that if I read enough here, I can figure out the rest but I don't see a lot of posts about Phoenix bioses. If this is a wasted effort, will someone tell me now?