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Advent 4211B Netbook

Specification

CPUIntel Atom processor N270 Single Core 1.6Ghz
BIOSPress DEL to enter
ChipsetMobile Intel 945GSE
Memory1GB DDR2 533Mhz SODIMM PC4300 (2 memory slots. Max 2GB)
Hard Drive80GB
CD DriveNot Fitted
Screen10" widescreen TFT (native resolution 1024x600)
Video CardIntel 945GME (64MB shared)
Web Cam1.3 Megapixel
Sound CardRealtek ALC888 integrated soundcard
ModemNot Installed
Network CardRealtek RTL8101E/8102E LAN controller (onboard)
Realtek RTL8187SE (MS-6894) Wireless LAN
MSI MS-6837D Bluetooth
Ports1x Kensington Lock
3x USB 2.0
1x 4-in-1 Card Reader (supports SD, MMC, MS, MS-PRO cards)
1x Microphone
1x Headphone
1x VGA
1x LAN
BatteryBTY-S11 (11.1v 2200mAh)
BTY-S12 (11.1v 4400mAh)
Power SupplyADP-40MH Power supply
Dimensions28 x 260 x 178 (HxWxD in mm)
Weight1.2kg
ColourBlack/Silver
Made ByMSI Wind U100

Drivers

Your netbook should have a backup copy of all the drivers, you can find it by browsing to the c:\applications\drivers folder. You can also download the drivers from the Advent Computers website. The "Knowhow" website has a copy of the User Manual.

I'm fairly certain that the 4211 is a rebadged MSI Wind U100 (it should have this printed on the underside of the netbook). If this is correct then you can also get the drivers, along with the user manual, from the MSI Europe website.


Upgrading

Its possible to upgrade the memory to a maximum of 2GB, to access the memory slots you need to remove the base cover. There are two good step-by-step guides on how to upgrade this computer -


Adding RAM is the most cost effective way to boost your computer's performance.


Function Keys

Fn + F2 - Toggles display between LCD, CRT, and LCD+CRT
Fn + F3 - Toggles touchpad on/off
Fn + F4 - Decrease LCD Brightness
Fn + F5 - Increase LCD Brightness
Fn + F6 - Turn Webcam on/off
Fn + F7 - Decrease Volume
Fn + F8 - Increase Volume
Fn + F9 - Mute Sound
Fn + F10 - Enable + configure ECO mode when on battery power
Fn + F11 - Turn WLAN/Bluetooth on/off (Press once for WLAN, twice for Bluetooth, three times to disable both)
Fn + F12 - Put notebook in suspend mode


In the Box

Disks Supplied

  • Microsoft Works

Items Supplied

  • Advent 4211B netbook
  • Mains power adapter
  • Mains power cable

Documentation Supplied

  • Setup top sheet
  • Windows XP Home Edition 'Start Here' manual
  • Works Addendum about screen resolution

Recovery Disc

Creating a Backup Copy of the Recovery Software

As this model doesn't have an optical drive then you have the option to create a backup to either an SD card or a USB memory stick (pen drive) with a capacity of at least 2GB. Note that the backup procedure will format the device so any data already on it will be lost.

  1. To Start the Recovery Backup either:
    • Double-click the TechGuys Recovery Backup icon on your desktop or
    • Click Start > All Programs > The TechGuys > TechGuys Recovery Backup
  2. You will be asked to close any open programs. Click OK to restart the PC.
  3. After your computer has restarted it will automatically load the recovery program and display the TechGuys Recovery Backup Wizard.
  4. Insert your media into the PC (either USB memory stick or SD card). The wizard will only detect media that has a capacity of 2GB or greater.
  5. Wait a few seconds and click Start.
  6. The wizard will detect any removable media with a minimum capacity of 2GB. You can choose the media you want to use from the pull-down menu and click Next.
  7. A confirmation window will appear. Click Create to begin. All files and folders on the media will be deleted.
  8. The wizard will now format your USB drive or SD card, then begin creating your recovery backup. This can take up to 10 minutes depending on the speed of the media used.
  9. When the recovery backup has been successfully created remove the device from the computer and store for future use.
  10. Click Finish

Running the HDD Recovery

Your Advent computer is features a hard-drive based System Recovery which can be executed from within Windows and also on start-up.

The data on your hard drive will be permanently deleted. Please save all important files and documents to an external device before you begin. This includes your emails, Works/Office documents, internet favourites, music, photos and videos files.

Running System Recovery from Windows

  1. To Start, either:
    • Double-click the TechGuys Recovery icon on your desktop or
    • Click Start > All Programs > The TechGuys > TechGuys Recovery
  2. You will be asked to close any open programs. Click OK to restart the PC.
  3. After your computer has restarted it will automatically load into the recovery program.
  4. Put a tick in the box next to "Start Full Destructive Recovery".
  5. Click the right arrow to Start Recovery.
  6. When Recovery has completed, click the right arrow to restart your computer.
  7. Your computer will then return you to its initial out-of-box experience.

Running System Recovery from outside of Windows

  1. When the PC starts you will see a menu for two seconds. Press the UP or DOWN arrow and this will pause the menu and allow you to choose an option.
  2. Highlight The TechGuys Recovery and press the Enter key.
  3. This will load into the recovery program.
  4. Select Reinstall Windows by clicking on the circle to the left.
  5. Click the right arrow.
  6. Put a tick in the box next to Start Full Destructive Recovery.
  7. Click the right arrow to start Recovery.
  8. When Recovery has completed, click the right arrow to restart the system.
  9. Your computer will then return you to its initial out-of-box experience.

Running the Recovery From an SD Card or USB Drive

If you have used the TechGuys Recovery Backup facility, your Advent computer can be recovered from a USB memory stick (pen drive) or SD card.

Note - The data on your hard drive will be permanently deleted. Please save all important files and documents to an external device before you begin. This includes your emails, Works/Office documents, internet favourites, music, photos and videos files.

Setting the boot priority

In order to boot from a USB memory stick (pen drive) or SD card, your computer must have the correct boot priority. To check this is set correctly, follow the steps below:

  1. Power down your PC for a few seconds, then power it up again and tap the DEL key several times as it loads. This will display a grey screen with blue title bar saying Aptio Setup Utility.
  2. Press the right-arrow key on the keyboard until Boot is highlighted.
  3. Highlight Boot Option #1. Press ENTER.
  4. Select USB HardDisk from the list and press ENTER.
  5. Highlight Boot Option #2. Press ENTER.
  6. Select Hard Disk from the list and press ENTER.
  7. Press the right-arrow key on the keyboard until Save & Exit is highlighted.
  8. Insert the Recovery Backup media and press ENTER.

Note: The System Recovery utility will reinstall all hardware and software supplied with your Advent Netbook. However, you will need to reinstall any additional software and hardware that you may have added. Please refer to the documentation supplied with those products for further help.

Recovering from a USB memory stick (pen drive) / SD card

  1. With your USB memory stick or SD card inserted, reboot your computer. This will load into the recovery program.
  2. Select Reinstall Windows by clicking on the circle to the left.
  3. Click the right arrow.
  4. Put a tick in the box next to Start Full Destructive Recovery.
  5. Click the right arrow to start Recovery.
  6. When Recovery has completed, remove the Recovery Backup media and click the right arrow to restart the system.
  7. Your computer will then return you to the initial Windows out-of-box experience setup screens.

The TechGuys Recovery DVD

At some point you may have received a Recovery DVD. This disc can be used to reinstall Windows on your netbook if you have a USB DVD drive or it can be used to create a Recovery memory stick/SD card on another computer.

Using the Recovery DVD to create a Recovery memory stick or SD Card

  1. Place the Recovery DVD into the DVD drive of your computer
  2. You need to boot this computer from the Recovery DVD

    How this is done will vary from computer to computer and may involve changing the boot sequence in the BIOS setup utility or pressing a certain key on startup (For example F8, F12 or C) to access a One time boot menu. Please note that no information will be lost or changed on this computer

  3. Once booting from the Recovery DVD your computer will automatically load the recovery program
  4. Select Launch Recovery Backup from the list of options and click the right arrow
  5. At this point plug your USB memory stick or SD Card into your computer and click Start. After a short while the wizard will detect any removable media with a minimum capacity of 4GB. You can choose the media you want to use from the pull-down menu and click Next
  6. You will then be warned that all data on your USB memory stick or SD card will be deleted. If you are happy for this to happen click Next
  7. The Backup Wizard will now create your USB memory stick or SD card recovery. The process may take sometime depending on the speed of your computer
  8. Once the process has finished you will be asked to remove your device from the computer and click Finish. At this point it is advisable to keep it in a safe location along with the Recovery DVD

Useful Links

Repairs and Spares

All official service and support is handled by Knowhow (basically "The Tech Guys" under a new name), their website is http://www.knowhow.com/. If you laptop is covered under warranty then you need to contact them for repairs.

There are also plenty of other companies that do repairs or supply spare parts, here is a selection -

TechnoMart - http://www.techno-mart.co.uk
Laptop Solutions UK - http://www.laptopsolutionsuk.co.uk
PartMaster (spare parts) - http://www.partmaster.co.uk


FAQ

Advent Recovery Backup Creator Tool - Software Update

Advent have released a software update for their recovery backup creator. This update increases the number of SD cards and USB memory sticks (pen drives) the software is compatible with, you can download it from the "Knowhow" website.


BIOS Update v1.10a

There is a BIOS update available for the Advent netbooks based on the MSI Wind chassis, you can download it from the "Knowhow" website.