Advent 7105 Laptop
There seems to be two versions of this laptop, the 7105 and the 7105P. As far as I can tell the only difference between them is the colour of the top cover with the 7105 being silver and the 7105P pink.
* Wireless LAN on/off button is to the right of the power button.
** May have a TSSTcorp CD/DVDW TS-L532U fitted instead.
Your laptop should have a backup copy of all the drivers, you can find it by browsing to the c:\applications\drivers folder.
This laptop has two memory slots. The first is accessed from underneath the laptop -
The second slot is a bit more fiddly as its under the keyboard. Remove the keyboard by releasing the 5 retractable clips at the front of the keyboard with a small screwdriver. Then lift the keyboard clear of the notebook, there is a ribbon cable attached to the keyboard so take care. The memory slot is underneath a metal panel which is held in by four screws.
Adding RAM is the most cost effective way to boost your computer's performance.
Bottom of Laptop
Fn + F1 - Turns battery beeping sound on/off
In the Box
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.
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.
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) -
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.
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 -
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.
Does This Laptop Have an Infra-Red (IR) Port?
The answer to this is no. The Advent 7105 laptop was originally made by a company called ECS and is based on the ECS-331 (it should mention this underneath somewhere). One of the optional extras on the ECS-331 was a built-in TV card and according to the manual what looks like an infra-red port on the front of the laptop is actually a receiver for a TV remote control. As the Advent 7105 doesn't have the optional TV card fitted the port on the front doesn't do anything.
Wireless card stops working after upgrading to Windows Vista
After upgrading to Windows Vista everything works fine apart the Marvell Wireless card, when you press the button nothing happens.
There seems to be three different ways of solving this problem (there is a fourth - don't install Vista) and I've listed them below, hopefully at least one should work for you.
The first solution is to press the wireless button while Windows Vista is loading, you have to be quick though as it only works if you press the button between the loading scrolling lines logo (after the post screen) and before the windows logo appears.
The second is to go into Device Manager, select the Marvell Wireless card and then go to Properties>Advanced>Default Adhoc Mode. Here change the Default Adhoc mode to B or G. When you confirm the change the wireless connection should become active, if it doesn't then press the wireless button and try changing the setting again.
The third method is to create a desktop shortcut to the wireless adapter. Go to [Network and Sharing Centre]>[Manage Network Connections] and then right click the wirless connection and choose Create Shortcut. You can then switch on the wireless at any time, just point at the shortcut then right click and chose Disable. Once its disabled right click on the shortcut again and choose Enable. It should then connect within 20-30 seconds.
Right-hand side of the keyboard not working properly
When trying to use the right-hand side of the keyboard none of the keys work properly, for example when you press 'J' you get the number '1'.
This happens because the Numeric Keypad has been switched on, to turn it off hold down the 'Fn' key and press 'NumLk'.