thanks for all the replies guy. no offense taken on the humor. I couldn't see your replies until today because the new power cord has not yet arrived. hopefully it arrives today. I do have a somewhat excessive gaming habit (although based on a recent survey at a gaming forum I frequent, my habit is not nearly as bad as the typical guy that responded to the survey). I wind up having to play in the wee hours, giving up sleep time to play, because my wife pretty much views gaming as she would a mistress. I agree it is immature to break something like she did. but she would characterize gaming as equally immature I am sure. I don't care if gaming is immature, it's very fun. I find as I get older, fewer and fewer things that I enjoyed when I was younger I still enjoy. I no longer get nearly the same enjoyment as when I was younger out of skiing or motorcycling for example. If one day I wake up bored of computer games, I am going to be very sad. Her dislike for my gaming may be a good thing, as it helps prevent me from gaming even more excessively.
so anyway her lashing out at the computer is somewhat forgivable and understandable, while at the same time infuriating and just a really stupid, expensive, and impractical way to vent frustration. everyone has faults, but thankfully she has many redeeming qualities as well. so I have no plans of dumping or killing her. cussing her out will have to suffice. hopefully this time she will have learned her lesson and not ever do this again.
I took the wounded adapter to Radio Shack to see if they sell any parts that I could use to fix it and they had never seen that type of plug before and could not help at all. I am pretty sure it is toast. the wires snapped right at the point they connect to the plug. just in case there was any hope of fixing it, my wife actually managed to lose the plug piece last night. she was so desperate to use the computer, she wanted to try pressing the wires against the plug to power the thing. I told her that was a dumb idea and she would probably electrocute herself but I gave her the now two pieces of the adapter and she promptly misplaced the plug piece before she even attempted to fire up the computer. in one sense it is good she never attempted that, but now the frigging plug is missing and my quest to repair it, so we would have a backup, is thwarted. arrgggh!
we are just going to have to be very careful with the new adapter. which brings me to the other point of this post (other than to get helpful suggestions): to moan about how fragile the adapters are and warn others to be very gentle with theirs. I think this warning applies only to 5660/5670 owners, as I imagine and hope that the other models of Sagers have a different design for the power plug. The 5660 one has 4 pins inside a circle of metal. it is inside a rubber housing. the metal piece wiggles inside the rubber housing and eventually the wires attached to the plug can snap. I would recommend pulling it straight out when removing it from the machine. Do not walk around with the machine with the plug attached to the computer because the cord might catch on something and tug it (very bad).
also do not let the adapter hang and pull on the cord. I mentioned in the first post about this that the damn cord between the comp and the adapter is either too short or two long. ideally you would always be able to rest the adapter on the floor, but it is often too far to the floor. so then you rest it somewhere up higher like on the desktop, but then the cord is too short to reach where you plug it in? grrrr.
get a friggin extension cord then I guess. guess I am going to buy a three prong extension cord to remedy this problem for me.
has anyone else had their plug go bad on them? Can I get an amen that these things are way too fragile? it is my only complaint about my darling Sager so far by the way.