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Advent T9306 PC


CPUIntel Pentium 4 650 Prescott (3.4 Ghz)
BIOSPhoenix-Award BIOS. Press DEL to enter
MotherboardMSI 7091 v2
Memory2GB DDR2 PC2-4200 (4 memory slots. Max 4GB)
Hard Drive360GB SATA hard drive
CD DriveHLDS GDR-8163B DVD-ROM
Sony DVD±RW DW-Q30A
Video CardATi Radeon X600 256MB PCI-Express
Sound CardC-Media CMI9880L
Network CardVIA Rhine III Fast Ethernet Adapter
ModemCreatix CTX 607 SoftModem
Ports - Front7-in-1 Card Reader
Ports - Back1x PS/2 Keyboard
1x PS/2 Mouse
1x Serial
1x Parallel
1x Optical (audio) In
1x Optical (audio) Out
1x SPDIF In (Coaxial)
1x SPDIF Out (Coaxial)
4x USB 2.0
1x LAN
1x Firewire (IEEE 1394)
1x Rear Surround
1x Audio in
1x Microphone
1x Line-Out/Front
1x Surround
1x Centre/Subwoofer
1x VGA
1x TV-Out
1x Modem
KeyboardAdvent 'Chicony' USB keyboard
MouseAdvent USB optical mouse

Drivers

Your PC should have a backup copy of all the drivers, you can find it by browsing to the c:\applications\drivers folder. You can also download the drivers from the Advent Computers website.


Motherboard Information

msi7091 Diagram

  • Form Factor: M-ATX Form Factor: 24.38 cm (L) x 24.38 cm (W)
  • CPU Support:
    • Supports Intel Pentium 4 Prescott LGA775 processors in LGA775 package
    • Supports up to Pentium 4 3XX, 5XX sequence processor or higher speed
    • Supports Intel Hyper-Threading Technology
  • System Memory: Four DDR2 SDRAM memory modules, Maximum memory 4GB
  • Core Logic (Chipset): Intel 915P. Supports FSB 533/800MHz.

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


In the Box

Disks Supplied

  • Microsoft Works 8 CD

Items Supplied

  • Advent base unit
  • Advent wired USB keyboard
  • Advent wired USB mouse
  • UK mains power cable
  • UK modem cable

Documentation Supplied

  • Advent users manual
  • Advent System Recovery Manual
  • Power DVD product key insert
  • Microsoft Windows XP "Start here"

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.