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Advent 5401 Laptop

Specification

CPUIntel Core 2 Duo T5550 (1.83GHz)
ChipsetIntel 965GM Express
Memory3GB DDR2 667MHz SODIMM (2 memory slots. Max 4GB) *
Hard Drive250GB WDC WD2500BEVS-22UST0
CD DriveTSSTcorp CDDVDW TS-L632H
Screen15.4" Widescreen TFT (1280x800)
Video CardnVIDIA GeForce 8400M GS 256MB (upto 1023MB with TurboCache)
WebcamBuilt-in
Sound CardRealtek High Definition Audio
ModemMotorola SM56 modem
Network CardRealtek 8169/8168/8101 PCI/PCIe
Intel Pro 3945ABG wireless LAN
Ports1x Headphone
1x Line-in
1x Microphone
1x 4-pin IEEE1394 (FireWire)
1x LAN
1x Port Replicator
1x DVI
1x S-Video (TV-Out)
4x USB 2.0
1x ExpressCard Slot
1x Card Reader
1x Modem
1x Kensington Lock
BatterySimplo SQU-503 (10.8v 4800mAh)
Simplo SQU-524 (10.8v 4400mAh)
Simplo SQU-528 (11.1v 4800mAh)
Dimensions36.3 x 357 x 266 (HxWxD in mm)
Weight2.7kg
ColourDark Grey
Made ByQuanta TW7

* There is very little official information available on Advent memory upgrades and while I've done my best to make sure this page is accurate I would recommend double-checking before buying. One way is by running a system scanner like the one provided by Crucial Memory (shameless plug for advert below).

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


Drivers

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

The Advent 5401 is basically a rebadged Quanta TW7 laptop. The CTL Travel Master TW7 is also based on the this model so the drivers & user manual on the CTL website should be compatible.


Function Keys

Fn + F1 - Put notebook into hibernation mode
Fn + F2 - Enable/disable wireless (if available)
Fn + F3 - Toggle the display between LCD, CRT, LCD+CRT and TV
Fn + F4 - Decrease display brightness
Fn + F5 - Increase display brightness
Fn + F6 - Mute sound
Fn + F7 - Decrease volume
Fn + F8 - Increase volume
Fn + F9 - Play/pause CD playback
Fn + F10 - Stop CD playback
Fn + F11 - Back to previous track
Fn + F12 - Forward to next track


In the Box

Disks Supplied

  • Microsoft Works SE 9.0
  • Notebook drivers CD

Items Supplied

  • Advent 5401 notebook
  • Mains power adapter
  • Mains power cable

Documentation Supplied

  • Windows Vista Quick Start Guide booklet
  • Advent Windows Vista user guide
  • Advent recovery guide
  • Advent Safety guide
  • International Support numbers leaflet
  • Integrated Webcam addendum
  • Device Manger may report the incorrect processor information leaflet
  • Important Product Activation Required. Norton Internet Security 2008 with Product key

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.