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Advent 7201 Laptop

Specification

CPUIntel Celeron M 440 (1.86 GHz)
BIOSPhoenix BIOS. Press F2 to enter
ChipsetMobile Intel 943GML Express
Memory1GB DDR2 667MHz SODIMM (2 memory slots. Max 2GB)
Hard Drive80GB Hitachi HTS541680J9SA00
CD DriveOptiarc DVD RW AD-7530A
Screen15.4" Widescreen TFT (1280x800)
Video CardATI Radeon Xpress 200M (256MB shared)
Sound CardRealtek High Definition Audio
ModemNot Fitted **
Network CardRealtek RTL8139/810x
QCOM Q802MKG2 Wireless Network Card *
PC Card1 x ExpressCard/54 slot (also supports ExpressCard/34)
Ports1x Microphone
1x Headphone
1x VGA
3x USB 2.0
1x Kensington Lock
1x LAN
TouchpadSynaptics Touchpad
Battery4UR18650F-QC-PL1A (14.4v 2200mAh)
CGR-B/458 (14.4v 2200mAh)
Dimensions36 x 258 x 358 (HxWxD in mm)
ColourGrey/Black
Weight2.7kg
Made ByQuanta AL-096 PL5C

* You can enable/disable the wireless card either by pressing the button above the keyboard or by using the FN+F2 key combination.

** While the case does have a modem port it should be blocked off as the 7201 doesn't have a 56k modem fitted.


Drivers

The 7201 is basically a rebadged Quanta PL5C (you should see PL5C printed on the underside of the laptop), the Mecer PL5C is also based on this model so the drivers on the Mecer website should be compatible.

You can also download the drivers from the Advent Computers website.

The Wireless LAN card uses a Ralink chipset so if you're struggling to find drivers then the "USB(RT257x/RT2671)" ones on the Mediatek site should work - http://www.mediatek.com/_en/07_downloads/01_windows.php.


Memory Upgrades

This laptop has two memory slots, both of which are accessed by removing the memory compartment cover underneath the laptop.

Some owners have reported problems with memory upgrades not being detected properly. This seems to happen when you use memory modules of different density; the solution is to make sure that both modules are the same density. In simple terms you need to check that both modules contain the same number of chips, ie both 8 or both 16 but not a mixture of the two.


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


Function Keys

Fn + F1 - Mute
Fn + F2 - Wireless enable/disable
Fn + F3 - Toggle display output
Fn + F6 - Adjust volume
Fn + F8 - Increase brightness
Fn + F9 - Decrease brightness
Fn + F10 - Increase volume
Fn + F11 - Decrease volume
Fn + F12 - Scroll Lock
Fn + Prt Scr - Sys Rq
Fn + Pause - Break
Fn + Ins - Number lock

In the Box

Disks Supplied

  • Microsoft Works 8.5

Items Supplied

  • Advent 7201 notebook
  • LiteOn power supply. Output: 19V - 3.42A
  • Mains power cable

Documentation Supplied

  • Advent Safety and Regulations Manual
  • Advent Notebook Manual
  • Advent Recovery Manual

Recovery Disc

Replacement recovery discs can be ordered from the Advent Recovery Media site.

Hard Drive Recovery

Should your Windows develop serious errors or fail to start, you can restore your computer back to factory settings by using the hard drive recovery located on a hidden partition on the hard drive.

To restore your computer back to factory settings, follow the steps below:

  1. Turn on the computer and keep tapping F8 until the advanced options menu is displayed
  2. Use the up/down arrow keys on the keyboard to highlight Repair Your Computer and press enter to select it
  3. Select the language you wish to install (normally English is the only option)
  4. Once you have chosen your language you will be presented with the available recovery options
    • Microsoft Repair Environment - after choosing the UK keyboard layout you will be asked to choose the Operating System you wish to repair. If Windows Vista is not listed then you cannot repair the OS without doing the full recovery. After choosing Vista the Microsoft Vista startup repair tool will run and attempt to repair any startup problems you are experiencing
    • Reinstall Windows - gives you the options available to reinstall Vista
    • Advanced Options - this launches the diagnostic centre allowing you to run chkdsk, launch notepad or bring up a command prompt
    • Exit & restart computer - Exits withut running the recovery process
  5. To continue with the recovery program you need to choose Reinstall Windows
  6. On the next screen you have the ability to launch Vista System Restore and roll back to a date when Vista was last working ok or to run the Full Destructive Recovery. To continue with the recovery program you need to choose Start Full Destructive Recovery
  7. After choosing the Full Destructive Recovery option you are presented with the warning screen that all data will be lost. It is important to make sure all data has been backed up to disk if possible and to realise this process deletes all data and reverts the machine back to it's default state. To continue with the recovery program you need to tick the box indicating you are aware of data loss
  8. The recovery process will then run through, the computer will restart a couple of times during this. You will also need to go through the Vista "Out of Box Experience", to configure Vista. This is fairly straightforward so just follow the onscreen instructions

Recovery DVD Creator

Your computer comes supplied with a hard drive based recovery allowing you to reinstall Windows Vista very easily should the need arise. You also have the ability to create a recovery DVD which is recommended on all machines. To create a recovery DVD (note - you cannot use CDs) do the following.

  1. Double click on the Techguys DVD icon on the desktop or from the start menu
  2. The first screen will prompt you to insert a DVD into your drive. Click OK.
  3. On the next screen make sure your DVD drive is selected in the 'To' field. To reduce the risk of errors ensure the write speed is set to the lowest value and tick verify recorded data. Click Burn
  4. Once the process has completed, label your DVD, keep it in a safe place and in a protective case to avoid damage

DVD Recovery

Should your Windows develop serious errors or fail to start, you can restore your computer back to factory settings by using the Recovery DVD you may have created or been sent.

To restore your computer back to factory settings, follow the steps below.

  1. Start the computer with the Recovery DVD in the optical disc drive
  2. After the usual startup screen has vanished press a key when prompted to load from the DVD
  3. Select the language you wish to install (normally English is the only option)
  4. Once you have chosen your language you will be presented with the available recovery options
    • Microsoft Repair Environment - after choosing the UK keyboard layout you will be asked to choose the Operating System you wish to repair. If Windows Vista is not listed then you cannot repair the OS without doing the full recovery. After choosing Vista the Microsoft Vista startup repair tool will run and attempt to repair any startup problems you are experiencing
    • Reinstall Windows - gives you the options available to reinstall Vista
    • Advanced Options - this launches the diagnostic centre allowing you to run chkdsk, launch notepad or bring up a command prompt
    • Exit & restart computer - Exits withut running the recovery process
  5. To continue with the recovery program you need to choose Reinstall Windows
  6. On the next screen you have the ability to launch Vista System Restore and roll back to a date when Vista was last working ok or to run the Full Destructive Recovery. To continue with the recovery program you need to choose Start Full Destructive Recovery
  7. After choosing the Full Destructive Recovery option you are presented with the warning screen that all data will be lost. It is important to make sure all data has been backed up to disk if possible and to realise this process deletes all data and reverts the machine back to it's default state. To continue with the recovery program you need to tick the box indicating you are aware of data loss
  8. The recovery process will then run through, reinstalling Vista and also recreating the hard drive recovery system for future use.
  9. When it has finished copying files it will ask you to remove the DVD and then restart the computer. It will then go through setting up Vista, you will need to go through the Vista "Out of Box Experience". This is fairly straightforward so just follow the onscreen instructions

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