Originally Posted by mikeyboxx in another thread
From reading these posts, it appears to me you are the most knowledgable of all. So I will direct my questions to you, if you don't mind.
1) What do I do now? Do they sell 12 cell batteries to fit the 8790 anywhere?
2) S/PDIF output has a small 3.5mm plug. My receiver has a regular RCA digital coax input. What connector do I use for a digital coax cable?
3) 1394/Firewire input is also a small plug. Is there a connector I can use, preferrably with a female connector, to connect a regular firewire cable?
4) Have you tried using the ATI DVI/HDTV dongle with the 8790?
5) Sometimes when I launch software, I get the Billinton Bluetooth install dialog box, prompting me to insert the installation CD. What is that? Should I download the latest bluetooth drivers?
6) Do you recommend Arctic Silver 5 with this laptop, or just a laptop cooling pad will do?
Sorry for all these questions, but I believe this information will help other Sager addicts...
1). They do sell the 12 cell batteries for the 8790. If you intend to use intense applications while on battery power, I would recommend it.
2). I have not yet tried out the SPDIF interface. I believe it employes all three of the front "jacks" and not just one. Please review Aussie's 8890 review and you should find some information regarding this topic. http://notebookforums.com/showthread.php?t=7842
3). Firewire (4 pin) is unpowered. Firewire (6 pin) is normally powered; however, in some cases it is not. You can purchase a 4 wire to 6 wire adapter. If you do so, I would suggest that you get the "Right-L" plug to connect to the 8790. I just ordered one and it cost $35. Computer Potato provided this link: http://www.ntcdistributing.com/products/fwangled.htm
4). I tried the special output (looks like S-Video) to RGB cables on my last unit and have not tried it with this one yet. It worked and the games looked ok; however, the Windows popups and menus were a bit blurry. I didn't spend much time on this. I have also not tested the DVI or the DVI to VGA adapters to connect to an external monitor/LCD.
5). I don't have bluetooth so I can't help you there.
6). I took a "wait and see" posture. The cooling pad should "do the job" if it was installed correctly. If the unit arrives and has no heat issues, I would leave well enough alone. If there is a heat issue, I would either return the unit or apply the AS5. Too bad that there isn't an option to have the AS5 installed on a new unit - I think I'd be willing to pay up to $50 for this option. My current 8790 is running very cool and I am happy with the temperatures.
Hope that this helps.