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Advent 5303 Laptop

Specification

CPUIntel Core 2 Duo T5550 (1.83GHz)
BIOSPhoenix BIOS. Press F2 to enter
ChipsetMobile Intel 945GM Express
Memory2GB DDR2 667MHz SODIMM (2 memory slots. Max 2GB)
Hard Drive160GB
CD DriveDVD±RW
Screen15.4" widescreen TFT (native resolution 1280x800)
Video CardIntel 945GM (up to 128MB shared)
WebcamBuilt in
Sound CardRealtek High Definition Audio
Network CardRealtek 8169/8168/8101 PCI/PCIe
Intel Pro 3945ABG wireless LAN *
PC Card1x ExpressCard/54 slot (also supports ExpressCard/34)
Ports **1x Headphone
1x Microphone
3x USB 2.0
1x ExpressCard
1x LAN
1x S-Video (TV-Out)
1x VGA
1x 4-in-1 Card Reader (supports SD, MMC, MS, MS-Pro cards)
1x Kensington Lock
TouchpadSynaptics Touchpad
Power SupplyLi Shin AC Adapter 0335C2065
BatteryL51-4S2200-G1B1 (14.8v 2200mAh)
L51-4S2200-G1L3 (14.4v 2200mAh)
Dimensions36 x 358 x 258 (HxWxD in mm)
ColourSilver
Weight2.85kg
Made ByUniwill L51II0

* Wireless Lan on/off switch on front of laptop (next to microphone socket)

** While the case has space for both a 56k modem port and a firewire port they should be blocked off as the laptop doesn't have these features built-in.


Drivers

The laptop should have been supplied with a "Notebook Utility CD" which contains a copy of the drivers and user manual. You can also download the drivers from the Advent Computers website.

The 5303 is basically a rebadged Uniwill L51II (you should see this printed on the underside of the laptop) so you can also get the drivers and user manual from Uniwill's website. Note this site can be rather slow at times.


Memory Upgrades

This laptop has two memory slots, one of which is accessed by removing the panel underneath the laptop the other by removing the keyboard.


To install the DIMM under the System Device Cover, do the following:

  1. Power OFF the notebook. Unplug the AC cord and all cables/devices attached to the notebook. Remove the battery
  2. Place your hand on a large metal object momentarily to discharge any static electricity. Place the notebook on a flat surface and fully close the LCD lid
  3. Locate and remove 9 Screw A’s on the System Device Cover

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  4. Remove the System Device Cover. The DIMM socket is now visible
  5. If you need to remove an old DIMM from the socket, press out on the latches located on both edges of the socket at the same time. The DIMM should pop up to an angle of 30 degree. Pull the DIMM module out of the memory socket.
  6. Install the new DIMM module into the memory socket. The DIMM will only fit in one orientation. Insert the DIMM at an angle of approximately 30 degrees into the empty memory socket. Then press it firmly so that the contact edge is driven into the receiving socket
  7. Pivot the DIMM until the latches on both sides of the socket snap into place.
  8. Put the System Device Cover back and tighten 9 Screw A’s

To install the DIMM under the keyboard, do the following:

  1. Remove Screw D

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  2. Find the keyboard latches near the edges of the keyboard. The latch is spring-loaded. It will retract when pressed and revert back to its original position when released. Use a small blade to press the latch inward. The keyboard tray should pop up slightly over the latch. If the keyboard tray does not pop up, try to gently lift it up slightly above the latch. Repeat this step for the other keyboard latches

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  3. Carefully lift up the top edge and position the keyboard out of the way
  4. The memory slot should now be visible. If you can't see it then it may be hidden under a metal plate which is accessed by removing the single retaining screw
  5. If you need to remove an old DIMM from the socket, press out on the latches located on both edges of the socket at the same time. The DIMM should pop up to an angle of 30 degree. Pull the DIMM module out of the memory socket
  6. Install the new DIMM module into the memory socket. The DIMM will only fit in one orientation. Insert the DIMM at an angle of approximately 30 degrees into the empty memory socket. Then press it firmly so that the contact edge is driven into the receiving socket
  7. Pivot the DIMM until the latches on both sides of the socket snap into place
  8. Put the keyboard back to its original position. Make sure the edge of the keyboard now resides under the spring-loaded latches
  9. Re-attached Screw D

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


Bottom of Laptop

ERT2550 underneath

  1. Battery Pack and Battery Latch. Slide the battery latch to release the battery pack
  2. Ventilation Grill. Do not block this airway completely
  3. System Device Cover. The system’s processor with cooler assembly, Wireless LAN module, HDD, and DDR memory module are located under the case cover

Function Keys

Fn + F1 - Sleep Mode
Fn + F3 - Mute all audio (including system and battery beep)
Fn + F4 - Toggle the display between LCD, CRT, LCD+CRT and TV
Fn + F5 - Increase volume
Fn + F6 - Decrease volume
Fn + F7 - Increase brightness
Fn + F8 - Decrease brightness
Fn + Num Lock - Enables the embedded keypad to work in numeric mode

In the Box

Disks Supplied

  • Microsoft Works SE 9.0
  • Notebook drivers CD

Items Supplied

  • Advent 5303 notebook
  • Mains power adapter
  • Mains power cable
  • UK modem cable

Documentation Supplied

  • Windows Vista Quick Start Guide booklet
  • Advent Windows Vista user guide
  • Advent Recovery Manual
  • Advent Safety guide

Recovery Disc

Replacement recovery discs can be ordered from the Advent Recovery Media site.

Hard Drive Recovery

Should your Windows develop serious errors or fail to start, you can restore your computer back to factory settings by using the hard drive recovery located on a hidden partition on the hard drive.

To restore your computer back to factory settings, follow the steps below:

  1. Turn on the computer and keep tapping F8 until the advanced options menu is displayed
  2. Use the up/down arrow keys on the keyboard to highlight Repair Your Computer and press enter to select it
  3. Select the language you wish to install (normally English is the only option)
  4. Once you have chosen your language you will be presented with the available recovery options
    • Microsoft Repair Environment - after choosing the UK keyboard layout you will be asked to choose the Operating System you wish to repair. If Windows Vista is not listed then you cannot repair the OS without doing the full recovery. After choosing Vista the Microsoft Vista startup repair tool will run and attempt to repair any startup problems you are experiencing
    • Reinstall Windows - gives you the options available to reinstall Vista
    • Advanced Options - this launches the diagnostic centre allowing you to run chkdsk, launch notepad or bring up a command prompt
    • Exit & restart computer - Exits withut running the recovery process
  5. To continue with the recovery program you need to choose Reinstall Windows
  6. On the next screen you have the ability to launch Vista System Restore and roll back to a date when Vista was last working ok or to run the Full Destructive Recovery. To continue with the recovery program you need to choose Start Full Destructive Recovery
  7. After choosing the Full Destructive Recovery option you are presented with the warning screen that all data will be lost. It is important to make sure all data has been backed up to disk if possible and to realise this process deletes all data and reverts the machine back to it's default state. To continue with the recovery program you need to tick the box indicating you are aware of data loss
  8. The recovery process will then run through, the computer will restart a couple of times during this. You will also need to go through the Vista "Out of Box Experience", to configure Vista. This is fairly straightforward so just follow the onscreen instructions

Recovery DVD Creator

Your computer comes supplied with a hard drive based recovery allowing you to reinstall Windows Vista very easily should the need arise. You also have the ability to create a recovery DVD which is recommended on all machines. To create a recovery DVD (note - you cannot use CDs) do the following.

  1. Double click on the Techguys DVD icon on the desktop or from the start menu
  2. The first screen will prompt you to insert a DVD into your drive. Click OK.
  3. On the next screen make sure your DVD drive is selected in the 'To' field. To reduce the risk of errors ensure the write speed is set to the lowest value and tick verify recorded data. Click Burn
  4. Once the process has completed, label your DVD, keep it in a safe place and in a protective case to avoid damage

DVD Recovery

Should your Windows develop serious errors or fail to start, you can restore your computer back to factory settings by using the Recovery DVD you may have created or been sent.

To restore your computer back to factory settings, follow the steps below.

  1. Start the computer with the Recovery DVD in the optical disc drive
  2. After the usual startup screen has vanished press a key when prompted to load from the DVD
  3. Select the language you wish to install (normally English is the only option)
  4. Once you have chosen your language you will be presented with the available recovery options
    • Microsoft Repair Environment - after choosing the UK keyboard layout you will be asked to choose the Operating System you wish to repair. If Windows Vista is not listed then you cannot repair the OS without doing the full recovery. After choosing Vista the Microsoft Vista startup repair tool will run and attempt to repair any startup problems you are experiencing
    • Reinstall Windows - gives you the options available to reinstall Vista
    • Advanced Options - this launches the diagnostic centre allowing you to run chkdsk, launch notepad or bring up a command prompt
    • Exit & restart computer - Exits withut running the recovery process
  5. To continue with the recovery program you need to choose Reinstall Windows
  6. On the next screen you have the ability to launch Vista System Restore and roll back to a date when Vista was last working ok or to run the Full Destructive Recovery. To continue with the recovery program you need to choose Start Full Destructive Recovery
  7. After choosing the Full Destructive Recovery option you are presented with the warning screen that all data will be lost. It is important to make sure all data has been backed up to disk if possible and to realise this process deletes all data and reverts the machine back to it's default state. To continue with the recovery program you need to tick the box indicating you are aware of data loss
  8. The recovery process will then run through, reinstalling Vista and also recreating the hard drive recovery system for future use.
  9. When it has finished copying files it will ask you to remove the DVD and then restart the computer. It will then go through setting up Vista, you will need to go through the Vista "Out of Box Experience". This is fairly straightforward so just follow the onscreen instructions

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

"Unknown Error 2131" When Trying to Burn a CD-R Using iTunes

When trying to burn a CD-R from the iTunes library it comes up with an "Unknown Error 2131" message. Advent have released a firmware update to solve this, more information is available on the "Knowhow" website.