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Advent 7104 Laptop

Specification

CPUIntel Pentium M 735 1.70Ghz
ChipsetIntel i910GML/i915GM + ICH6-M
Memory512MB DDR2-533 PC2-3200 SODIMM (2 memory slots. Max 2GB)
Hard Drive40GB Hitachi HTS421240H9AT00
CD DrivePhilips DVD±RW SDVD8820
Screen15" TFT (native resolution 1024 x 768)
Video CardIntel i910GML/i915GM (up to 128MB shared)
Sound CardConexant AC-Link
Network CardRealtek RTL8110S/8169S Gigabit Ethernet Controller
Intel Pro 2200BG wireless LAN
ModemAC97 SoftV92 Data Fax Modem with SmartCP
Ports1x Microphone
1x Headphone
4x USB 2.0
1x IEEE1394 (FireWire)
1x 4-in-1 Card Reader (supports MS, MS Pro, MMC, SD cards)
1x S-Video (TV-Out)
1x PC Card Slot
1x LAN
1x Modem
1x VGA
1x Kensington Lock
TouchpadSynaptics Touchpad
BatterySimplo SQU-418 (10.8v 4800mAh)
Sanyo 3UR18650F-2-QC-EF6 (10.8v 4800mAh)
Dimensions32 x 339 x 270 (HxWxD in mm)
ColourSilver/Black
Weight2.7kg
Made ByQuanta EAA-88 EF6

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, to access them you need to remove the memory compartment cover underneath the laptop (see "Bottom of Laptop" section below).


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


Bottom of Laptop

7089 Underneath

Note - The above diagram was taken from the assembly guide though to confuse matters the user guide has the same diagram but with the memory and WLAN compartments labelled the other way round. I'm fairly certain the assembly guide diagram has it right.


Function Keys

Fn + F1 - Places the notebook in suspend mode. Pressing the Power button returns it to active mode
Fn + F2 - Enable/disable the wireless network connection
Fn + F3 - Toggle the display between LCD, LCD+CRT, and CRT
Fn + F4 - Decrease display brightness
Fn + F5 - Increase display brightness
Fn + F6 - Mute sound on/off
Fn + F7 - Decrease sound volume
Fn + F8 - Increase sound volume
Fn + F9 - Media player : Play/Pause
Fn + F10 - Media player : Stop
Fn + F11 - Media player : Prev track
Fn + F12 - Media player : Next track
Fn + ESC - Enable/disable Bluetooth (if feature available)


In the Box

Disks Supplied

  • Microsoft Works 8.5

Items Supplied

  • Advent 7104 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.

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

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.


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).