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Advent 7063M Laptop

Specification

CPUIntel Centrino Mobile 1.5 GHz
BIOSAMI BIOS. Press DEL to enter
ChipsetIntel 855GME
Memory256MB PC2700 DDR SODIMM (2 memory slots. Max 2GB)
Hard Drive40GB Hitachi DK23FB-40
CD DriveSlimtype Lite-On SOSW-852S DVD/RW
Screen15" TFT (native resolution 1024 x 768)
Video CardIntel 855GME Extreme Graphics 2 (up to 64MB shared)
Sound CardRealtek AC'97 audio
ModemActiontec MDC AC'97 v2132D
Network CardRealtek 8139 / 810X (onboard)
Intel Pro 2200BG wireless LAN
PC Card1x Type I/II
Ports1x IEEE1394 (FireWire)
1x PC Card Slot
1x LAN
1x Modem
1x Headphone
1x Microphone
1x Kensington Lock
1x S-Video (TV-Out)
1x Parallel
1x VGA
1x IR
2x USB 2.0
TouchpadSynaptics Touchpad
Power SupplyLite-On PA-1600-06
BatteryEM-520P4G (14.8v 3600mAh)
Dimensions25 x 326 x 258 (HxWxD in mm)
Weight2.7kg
Made ByECS G553

Drivers

Your laptop should have a backup copy of all the drivers, you can find it by browsing to the c:\applications\drivers folder.


Memory Upgrades

This laptop has two memory slots, one which is accessed via the underside of the laptop (see "Bottom of Laptop" section below) and the other which is a bit more difficult to get to. Many thanks to Martin Nash for sending in these instructions.

The second memory slot is accessed by removing the keyboard. With the laptop closed, turn the laptop on it's end so you are looking at the rear of the unit. There are two screen/lid hinges and there are little recesses in each hinge. With a small flat bladed screwdriver just "pop" each of the recesses. Now open the laptop and place it on a flat surface. With a blunt knife or flat tool gently prize off the speaker grill, this should be loose if the rear recesses were "popped". With the speaker grill removed you should be able to see a single phillips screw. Undo this screw and the keyboard can be gently lifted and folded forward. Under the keyboard is a plate that the keyboard cable goes under. This plate has 2 screws. Removing this plate reveals the other memory module/slot. Re-assembly is a reverse of the above. Make sure that the keyboard cable is securely clipped onto the motherboard connector before screwing everything back as it is not held in very tightly.


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


Bottom of Laptop

7063M underneath

  1. MiniPCI Compartment. Contains Wireless LAN card
  2. Memory Compartment. Contains one of the memory sockets
  3. Battery Release Latch
  4. Battery
  5. Hard Disk Drive

Function Keys

Fn + F1 - Turns the battery beep on/off
Fn + F2 - Turns the sound on/off
Fn + F3 - Decrease speaker volume
Fn + F4 - Increases speaker volume
Fn + F5 - Enable/disable the touchpad
Fn + F7 - Decrease display brightness
Fn + F8 - Increase display brightness
Fn + F10 - Expand display/reset to original size (option disabled during video playback)
Fn + F12 - Toggle the display between LCD, CRT, LCD+CRT, TV (option disabled during video playback or if display expanded)


In the Box

Disks Supplied

  • Microsoft Works 8

Items Supplied

  • Advent 7063M notebook
  • LiteOn power supply. Output: 19V - 3.16A
  • Mains power cable
  • UK modem cable

Documentation Supplied

  • Advent notebook manual
  • Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition "Start here" guide

Recovery Disc

Due to the nature of the recovery process you should not use FDISK or any other partition management software to delete the partition on your Advent computer. Doing so will prevent the recovery from functioning correctly.

Using the HDD Recovery System

Your Advent computer uses the latest recovery system that doesn't require any CDs or DVDs to restore your PC to it's original factory condition.

  • There are two ways to start the recovery -
    • Restart your computer. Then Press F10 repeatedly until the message "Starting System Recovery" is displayed.
    • In Windows by clicking: Start / All Programs / System Recovery / System Recovery.
  • The recovery will load and display a box with one option:
    • Non-destructive recovery: this option will restore Windows, supplied applications, and drivers. This option will not destroy your documents or programs. These will be backed up along with the registry. These are restored at the end of the recovery process.
    To access the recovery options below that erase all data from the computer, click the Advanced button.
    • System Recovery - No format: this will reinstall Windows, supplied applications and drivers. It will move your files to a folder called "My old disk structure". Any applications (except those supplied) will need to be reinstalled.
    • System Recovery - Quick format: this option will erase your hard drive including your personal files. Windows, supplied applications and drivers will be reinstalled.
  • Select the Non-destructive recovery option and press Next.
  • You will be informed about System Restore in Windows, click Yes.
  • The recovery will begin. Once this is complete click Restart.

Additional information

Press the ALT and D keys at the recovery menu to access a command prompt. This will allow access to C: drive. The command prompt will default to c:\minint\system32 where you can run a variety of tools including CHKDSK.EXE.

Reinstalling applications

From version 2.x of the recovery system onwards you can install applications from the c:\applications folder. Drivers can be installed from the c:\applications\drivers folder and utilities from the c:\applications\tools folder. You will still need to install Microsoft Works from the supplied CD.

Using the Recovery Media

If the HDD recovery doesn't work then you can recover from the discs you should have created. To use the discs (This will completely erase all your data) -

  • Start the computer with the recovery CD or DVD in the DVD drive
  • If the HDD already has the recovery partition in place, then you will get a screen with two options.
    • Press ‘F’ . This will delete & recreate the recovery partition, then restore the user partition. Do not choose option 'R' at this screen. If you select ‘R’ from the recovery CD start-up options, then this will first check to see if the recovery partition is present on the HDD. If the recovery partition is on the HDD, then the PC will load into the recovery options screen from the recovery partition, and not from the recovery CD/DVD set.
  • If a blank HDD has been put into the machine (or there are no partitions on the HDD), then you will only get the option to press 'R'. In this case, just press 'R' , and this will create the recovery partition.
  • When all data is copied to the recovery partition, then the user partition is created and formatted.

How can I make a backup of the pre-installed software?

The Recovery Media Creator will remind you to create your recovery media every time you start Windows, unless you tell it to stop reminding you, dismiss it, or create the media.

To access the Media Creator start into Windows as usual, then Click Start / All Programs / System Recovery / Recovery Media Creator.

  • You will be presented with a “Welcome” screen. Click Continue.
  • You will be shown some information about the creation process. Click Continue and follow the on-screen instructions.
  • Click Start Creation to create your System Recovery CD Set.
  • The recovery creation software will advise you how many blank CDs/DVDs you will need to create your System Recovery set. A DVD has a much higher capacity than a CD and will require less discs.
  • You will then be asked to insert a blank disc into your computer. Label this CD “Recovery CD 1” and then insert it into your DVD/CD Rewriter drive.
  • Once you have inserted your blank disc the process should continue – If it does not, click OK to continue.
  • The creation process will continue until you are prompted for a 2nd CD. Label this CD “Recovery CD 2” and then insert it into your DVD/CD Rewriter drive.
  • Once the disc creation has completed you will see a “Congratulations” screen. Click OK and the program will exit.
  • You have now created a complete set of Recovery disc(s) for your computer. These discs will allow you to restore your computer in case of any problems with your Windows XP software.
  • Keep these discs in a safe place.

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
PartMaster (spare parts) - http://www.partmaster.co.uk


FAQ

How to Manually Run the Recovery Media Creator

If you've deleted the shortcut to Recovery Media Creator then don't panic. To run it manually open My Computer and browse to the C:\Windows\Creator folder and double click on CD Creator.


Upsidedown Picture on Screen

When using the laptop the picture appears to be on its side or upsidedown. The Intel Extreme graphics driver has a rotate option which can cause this to happen. To set the screen back to normal hold down CTRL+ALT and press the Up Arrow key. To disable the feature go into Display Properties (right click on a blank part of the screen and select Properties), select the Settings tab, and click on Advanced. Select the "Intel Graphics Media Accelerator Driver" tab and then click on the Graphics Properties button. Finally select Display Settings, take the tick out of the "Enable Rotation" box, and then click on OK to disable the feature.


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).

How to Enable the Wireless Function

The Advent 7063m has an Intel Pro 2200BG wireless card but unlike a lot of laptops doesn't have a switch to turn the wireless access on/off. This is because the Intel wireless card is controlled via software so you should be able to switch it on/off using the Intel Utilities in the Start menu.

Sometimes the wireless software may not appear in the start menu, in which case the wireless card can be controlled via Device Manager. For a more detailed explanation have a look at the Knowhow website.