Originally Posted by vvalerio
The 8890 can handle 3 harddrives: one in the main spot, one in the expansion bay, and one where the tuner goes. Theoretically, you should be able to have a HD in the main spot and one where the tuner goes linked in a raid. (this could be completely wrong) But then you'd have a spot for an extra CD drive... I dont see much use for a configuration such as this, but to each his own.
I'm afraid that isnt possible on a 'stock' 8890, RAID is only available on two channels (I cant remember which) but they seem to be hard wired, one to the media bay under the audio ports and one to the slot under the battery. You can have two hard drives and two cd drives, but the two hard drives cannot be in raid. That's what the forums, aussie I think, have told me anyway.
I would have thought that if these bays were plugged into the motherboard near to each other, their respective cables could be swapped at the point of connection to the hard drive connector board, but that might not be the case. According the the service manual it looks like all of the hard drives and mp3 player are connected through a small daughterboard roughly where the P4 and ATI stickers are.
$300 is a lot to ask for an extra inch of screen, I would prefer the 16" but I dont think its worth the asking price over the 15", especially since the 15" has the better specs over all. I and others have given their opinions of the ghosting many times before on these boards, so if you want something more do a search, but to sum up I dont think its bad, and it doesnt affect the games I play. Length of trails depends on how fast something's moving. Moving the mouse around a black screen quickly leaves a single faint ghost at about 10-50mm, but because of refresh rate it's not a constant stream, it's a single second cursor. I only see it when I look for it, but I'd say its more noticable in windows, scrolling text and moving windows, than in games where the image is typically darker.