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Advent QT5500 Laptop

Specification

CPUIntel Core 2 Duo T5500 (1.66GHz)
ChipsetMobile Intel 945GM Express
Memory1GB DDR2-533 PC2-4200 SODIMM (2 Memory Slots. Max 2GB)
Hard Drive80 GB
CD DriveOptiarc DVD RW AD-7530A
Screen15.4" widescreen TFT (native resolution 1280x800)
Video CardIntel 945GM (up to 128MB shared)
Sound CardConexant High Definition Audio
ModemAgere systems AC'97 modem
Network CardMarvell Yukon Ethernet Controller
Intel Pro 3945ABG wireless LAN *
PC Card1x ExpressCard/54 slot
Ports1x Headphone
1x Line-in
1x Microphone
1x IEEE1394 (FireWire)
1x LAN
1x VGA
1x S-Video (TV-Out)
4x USB 2.0
1x Card Reader (Supports SD, MMC, MS, and MS-PRO cards)
1x ExpressCard
1x Modem
1x Kensington Lock
TouchpadSynaptics Touchpad
BatterySimplo SQU-503 (10.8v 4800mAh)
Simplo SQU-524 (10.8v 4400mAh)
Simplo SQU-528 (11.1v 4800mAh)
Dimensions36 x 358 x 258 (HxWxD in mm)
ColourSilver
Weight2.8kg
Made ByQuanta EAA-89 TW3M

* Use the button far right from the power button to switch the wireless on/off.


Drivers

The laptop should have been supplied with a "Notebook Utility CD" which contains a copy of the drivers and user manual.

The QT5500 is basically a rebadged Quanta TW3M (you should see TW3M printed on the underside of the laptop) so you can also download the drivers from Intel's website. As well as the drivers Intel's site also has full Assembly and Disassembly guides available in PDF format.

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 which are accessed by removing the compartment cover underneath the laptop.

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To install a memory upgrade module follow these steps:

  1. Turn off power to your notebook using the power switch, disconnect the power adapter, and/ or remove the battery pack
  2. Place your notebook upside-down on a clean work surface
  3. Remove the five screws securing the compartment cover

    The memory upgrade module can be severely damaged by electrostatic discharge (ESD). Be sure you are properly grounded when handling and installing the module

  4. Align the connector edge of the memory upgrade module, chip side up, with the connector slot in the compartment
  5. Insert the memory upgrade module at a 45o angle and press it firmly onto the connector.
  6. Press the memory upgrade module down into the compartment until it locks into the retaining clips on either side. You will hear a click when it is properly in place.
  7. Replace the cover and screws that were removed previously. Installation of the new memory module is now complete

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


Function Keys

Fn+F1 - Put notebook into hibernation mode
Fn+F2 - Enable/disable wireless (if available)
Fn+F3 - Toggle the display between LCD, CRT, LCD+CRT and TV
Fn+F4 - Decrease display brightness
Fn+F5 - Increase display brightness
Fn+F6 - Mute sound
Fn+F7 - Decrease volume
Fn+F8 - Increase volume
Fn+F9 - Play/pause CD playback
Fn+F10 - Stop CD playback
Fn+F11 - Back to previous track
Fn+F12 - Forward to next track
Fn+Esc - Enable/disable the Bluetooth function (if available)
Fn+Home - Enable/disable the Light Sensor function *

* NumLk needs to be switched on before pressing Fn+Home. Enabling the light sensor function automatically disables the F4/F5 display brightness controls.


In the Box

Disks Supplied

  • Microsoft Works 8.5
  • Notebook Utility CD

Items Supplied

  • Advent QT5500 notebook
  • LiteOn power supply. Output: 19V - 3.42A
  • Mains power cable
  • UK modem cable

Documentation Supplied

  • Advent notebook manual
  • Advent Safety and Regulations 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


FAQ

Laptop Won't Power Up

The laptop may refuse to startup or in extreme cases appear to be completely dead. This can be caused by a static build-up, try the following -

  1. Remove all the cables etc inc the power lead
  2. Remove the battery
  3. Hold the power button down for 20 seconds
  4. Replace battery & Re-start - Hopefully the laptop should burst back into life.