Advent 7108 Laptop
* Use button to right of power button to switch wireless on/off.
** The label on the front of the case mentions that the laptop has an "Express Cord slot". I'm guessing that this is a printing error and they meant "Express Card slot" though as far as I know the laptop doesn't have one fitted. If anyone can help clear this up then please get in touch!
Your laptop should have a backup copy of all the drivers, you can find it by browsing to the c:\applications\drivers folder.
The 7108 is basically a rebadged ECS G335 (you should see G335 printed on the underside of the laptop) so you can also get the drivers, along with the user manual, from the ECS Taiwan website.
This laptop has two memory slots, the first slot is accessed from underneath the laptop and the second by removing the keyboard.
The slot underneath is fairly straightforward, simply remove the two screws highlighted and then remove the panel to access the memory slot.
The second slot is a bit more tricky. The keyboard is held in by several clips which you should be able to release using a small screwdriver. Be careful lifting the keyboard out as it is held in by a thin ribbon cable. Next remove the metal cover in the middle of the case, this is held in by four screws. This should give you access to the memory slot.
Adding RAM is the most cost effective way to boost your computer's performance.
Bottom of Laptop
Function KeysFn + F1 - Turns battery beep on/off
Fn + F2 - Mute sound
Fn + F3 - Decrease speaker volume
Fn + F4 - Increases speaker volume
Fn + F5 - Turn touchpad on/off
Fn + F7 - Decrease display brightness
Fn + F8 - Increase display brightness
Fn + F10 - Expand your video screen or reset to its original size
Fn + F12 - Toggle the display between LCD, CRT, LCD+CRT, and TV
Fn + NumLk - Enables Num Lock
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 -
TechnoMart - http://www.techno-mart.co.uk
Does This Laptop Have an Infra-Red (IR) Port?
The answer to this is no. The Advent 7108 laptop was originally made by a company called ECS and is based on the ECS-G335 (it should mention this underneath somewhere). One of the optional extras on the ECS-G335 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 7108 doesn't have the optional TV card fitted the port on the front doesn't do anything.
Compatibility with Linux
I recently received the following email from Mick House -
This laptop is fully linux compatible, I installed ubuntu 6.10 as dual boot and everything was recognised and ran first time, even the short cut buttons and wifi.