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Advent 7087 Laptop


CPUIntel Celeron M 370 1.50GHz
BIOSPhoenix BIOS. Press F2 to enter
ChipsetSiS 661
Memory512MB PC2700 DDR SODIMM (2 memory slots. Max 2GB)
Hard Drive40GB Hitachi HTS424040M9AT00
CD DrivePhilips DVD+-RW SDVD 8441
Screen14" TFT (Native Res.1024x768)
Video CardSiS Mirage Graphics (64MB shared)
Sound CardRealtek AC'97 audio
Network CardSiS 900 integrated fast ethernet
Atheros AR5BMB5 Wireless LAN *
ModemAgere systems AC'97 modem
Ports1x Headphone
1x Microphone
1x PC Card
4x USB 2.0
1x Modem
1x LAN
1x VGA
1x S-Video (TV-Out)
TouchpadSynaptics Touchpad
BatterySQU-504 (11.1v 4400mAh)
Dimensions33 x 314 x 258 (HxWxD in mm)
Made ByQuanta LE1D

* Note - Some models may have been supplied with a USB wireless dongle instead, this was normally the ZD 1211 802.11b+g USB Adapter. To switch the wireless on/off use the button 3rd right of the power button.


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

Function Keys

Fn + F1 - Sleep mode
Fn + F2 - Turn off display (leaves notebook powered on)
Fn + F3 - Toggle the display between LCD, CRT, LCD+CRT and TV
Fn + F4 - Toggle Wireless LAN
Fn + F6 - Media player : Play/Pause
Fn + F7 - Media player : Stop
Fn + F8 - Media player : Prev track
Fn + F9 - Media player : Next track
Fn + F10 - Toggle mute sound
Fn + F12 - Pause / Break key
Fn + Left Arrow Key - Decrease speaker volume
Fn + Right Arrow Key - Increase speaker volume
Fn + Up Arrow Key - Increase display brightness
Fn + Down Arrow Key - Decrease display brightness
Fn + PrtScrn - Toggle Num Lock
Fn + SysRq - Toggle Scroll Lock

In the Box

Disks Supplied

  • Microsoft Works 8

Items Supplied

  • Advent 7087 notebook
  • Notebook power supply. Output: 19V - 3.42A
  • Mains power cable
  • UK modem cable

Documentation Supplied

  • 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.


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.

No Power

George Boulton was kind enough to send me this tip -

I was upgrading my comp to a larger memory when I lost all power. Contacted PC World and they gave me following tip with this model. Unplug power cable hold down on/off button for 30 secs. Reconnect power cable and switch on. This worked great and saved me a trip to a neighbouring town may help some one else.