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Advent 7005 Laptop


CPUIntel Pentium 4-M 1.80GHz
BIOSInsyde BIOS. Press F2 to enter
ChipsetMobile Intel 845
Memory512MB 144-pin PC133 DIMM SDRAM (2 memory slots. Max 1GB)
Hard Drive30GB
CD DriveMatshita UJDA720 DVD-ROM / CD-R/RW Combo Drive
Screen14.1" TFT (Native Res.1024x768)
Video CardATI Mobility M6 16MB
Sound CardAvance AC'97
ModemHSP 56 MR-8170
Network CardRealTek RTL 8139/810X 10/100 Fast Ethernet
PC Card1x Type I/II
Ports1x Parallel
1x IEEE1394 (FireWire)
1x VGA
1x S-Video (TV-Out)
2x USB
1x LAN
1x Modem
1x Microphone
1x Headphone
1x IR
1x Kensington Lock
Made by Hi Grade 8170
Mitac 8170


Your laptop should have been supplied with a "Utility and Driver CD" which contains a backup copy of all the drivers.

The 7005 is basically a rebadged Mitac 8170 (you should see 8170 printed on the underside of the laptop), the user manual is available in PDF format here - Download User Manual.

Upgrading the Memory

  1. Carefully put the notebook upside down
  2. Remove the three screws to access the SO-DIMM socket

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  3. To install the SO-DIMM, match the SO-DIMM's notched part with the socket's projected part and firmly insert the SO-DIMM into the socket at 20-degree angle (1). Then push down until the retaining clips lock the SO-DIMM into position (2)

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

Accessing Other Internal Components

Installing a Processor

  1. Insert a small rod, such as a straightened paper clip, into the eject hole near the power connector of the notebook

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  2. Push the rod firmly and slide the LED panel to the left (1) Lift up the LED panel from the left side (2)

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  3. Remove the screw locking the keyboard, then slightly lift up the keyboard to access the CPU compartment
  4. Remove the three screws locking the heatsink and disconnect the fan’s power cord from the system board, then lift up the heatsink

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  5. Use a flat screwdriver to push the lever to the right. Then lift up the lever to the vertical position

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  6. Align the arrowhead corner of the CPU with the beveled corner of the socket, as shown below, and insert the CPU pins into the holes. Note: Make sure that the processor fits properly into the socket, NEVER use force as this may damage the pin

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  7. Connect the fan’s power cord to the system board, then fit the heatsink onto the top of the CPU and secure with three screws. NOTE: Make sure that the thermal pad under the fan is not damaged, if it is damaged then replace with a new pad
  8. Replace the keyboard and secure with the screw. Then replace the LED panel

Replacing the Battery Pack

  1. Carefully put the notebook upside down
  2. Slide the release lever to the “unlock” position (1), then slide and hold the release lever outward and pull the battery pack out of the compartment (2)

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  3. To replace the old battery with a new one, insert the battery pack into the compartment. Then slide the release lever to the “lock” position

Replacing the HDD Module

  1. Carefully put the notebook upside down
  2. Remove one screw and pull the HDD module out of the compartment

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  3. Remove the six screws to separate the hard disk drive from the metal shield

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  4. To install a new hard disk drive, place it in the metal shield and tighten the six screws
  5. Slide the HDD module into the compartment and secure with one screw

Replacing the CD/DVD-ROM Drive

  1. Remove the LED panel and keyboard (see the processor section above)
  2. Remove two screws locking the CD/DVD-ROM drive

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  3. Use the screwdriver to push the medal pad to the right and the CD/DVD-ROM drive will pop out slightly. Hold the CD/DVD-ROM drive and slide it outward carefully

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  4. To install a new CD/DVD-ROM drive, push it into the compartment, and the connector on the system board will automatically plug into the rear side of the drive
  5. Replace two screws locking the CD/DVD-ROM drive
  6. Replace the keyboard and LED panel

Function Keys

Fn + F5 - Toggle the display between LCD, CRT, LCD+CRT, TV, and TV+CRT *
Fn + F7 - Increase brightness
Fn + F8 - Decrease brightness
Fn + F10 - Turns Battery Warning Beep on or off
Fn + F11 - Switches LCD on and off
Fn + F12 - Sleep button (settings controlled via Windows’Power Management)

* Note - If the display mode is set to 256 colors or lower, or in DOS mode, there will be only two modes for selecting: CRT only and LCD & CRT.

In the Box

Disks Supplied

  • Advent 7005 recovery CD x2
  • Notebook utility CD
  • WinDVD 2000 (Serial number on rear of CD sleeve)

Items Supplied

  • Advent 7005 notebook
  • Mains power adapter
  • Mains power cable
  • UK modem cable
  • BT connector

Documentation Supplied

  • User manual
  • Advent installation and troubleshooting guide
  • "Windows XP start here" guide
  • Freeserve leaflet


A Bootable Recovery CD is supplied with these machines. To recover the system:-

  • Insert CD into the drive.
  • Reboot the PC.
  • Press "R" when prompted to boot from the CD.
  • After a few minutes the recovery screen will be displayed. By default "Non Destructive Recovery" is selected. Press Next to continue. This does NOT delete user files.
  • If you wish to format the drive select Advanced Options from the main screen. Select "System Recovery - Quick Format" and click "Next". Note: By choosing this option you will lose all data on the notebook.
  • You will now be reminded that System Restore can be used to attempt to remedy any problems they may have. Click YES to continue.
  • Recovery now begins and takes approximately 45 minutes.
  • Once complete you will be prompted to remove the CD and restart the notebook.

Driver CD

The notebook is supplied with a Utility CD. This can be used to restore corrupt drivers.

  • Ensure Windows XP is running. Insert the CD into the drive.
  • The CD will autorun and display a menu with the following options:
    • Device Driver
    • Readme
    • Release Notes
    • Browse CD
    • Exit
  • Click "Device Driver" to begin. The message "The drivers for your system will now be installed. Do you wish to continue?" Click YES.
  • The program will now install files and restart Windows.
  • When Windows restarts the individual drivers are loaded automatically. You may receive an error message for each driver as they are not digitally signed. Click "Continue Anyway" to carry on.
  • Once the drivers are installed Windows will restart one last time.

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 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 -
PartMaster (spare parts) -


Realtek 8139 Network Card Not Connecting

Some machines fitted with a network card based on the Realtek 8139 chip will fail to send and receive data correctly. This can happen if the autodetect feature of the card is not detecting the connection properly. To get round this the connection speed of the card must be set manually

  • Right-click upon the My Computer icon and select Properties.
  • Select the Hardware tab and click on the Device Manager button.
  • Click on the + next to Network Adapters.
  • Select the entry for Realtek 8139 from the list and double click upon it.
  • Select the Advanced tab.
  • Select the entry for Link Speed / Duplex Mode.
  • Change the Value setting from Auto to one that is appropriate for the connection (often 100 Full for a connection directly to another PC and 10 Full for a broadband connection).