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Initial post: 14 Oct 2010 21:01:22 BDT
Anton Farmer says:
I bought an Advent Roma 4001 refurbished laptop earlier today without viewing or testing so I'm really just looking for some reassurance on my purchase.

It was a pretty good deal. 4GB of RAM, 500 GB HD, Intel Pentium Dual Core processor T440 @ 2.2GHz, running Windows 7. It all sounds pretty great for the price but I've found out Advent are owned by PCWorld/Dixons/Currys and are like a Chinese clone model. Is there any truth to this? Does anyone have any experience with Advent laptops from the last couple of years and have anything to say about them?

It doesn't state what version of Windows 7 it has installed, so I assume it's 32 bit. Naturally, since it comes with 4GB RAM, I'd want 64 bit. Would it be a pain to upgrade?

Thanks for your time and would appreciate someone to qualm my second-guessing!

Posted on 27 Oct 2010 18:45:10 BDT
M. Hall says:
You appear to be worried that it's "a Chinese clone model," as a lot of laptops are made in China, I don't quite understand the problem. Many of the currently available items of electronics are made in Chinese factories and then re-branded, often with different cases. I bought an Evesham laptop that was a re-branded Chinese built MSI, my current Acer (owner of eMachines, Gateway and Packard Bell) laptop cost £1300 and is made in China, IBM/Lenovo are made in China. All that Advent does is cut out one or more layers of the pricing structure, instead of Designed by Brand Name, built in Chinese factory, supplied to brand name, then to shop, sold to customer. It goes Designed by Brand Name (assuming they don't just use the generic case, built in Chinese factory, supplied to shop, sold to customer. Personally I prefer to buy the branded product because the optional extended warranty is often better, at least if you buy from somewhere other than PCWorld/Currys/Comet.

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Nov 2010 10:35:33 GMT
J. Lennox says:
I bought an advent for my daughter 11 months ago and it has been excellent up to now. We now have a major problem with connection as it keeps saying find another power source (when it is plugged in). I took it back to PC world who said it was fine (it definately isn't). It is not the cable and I believe it is the connection port as we have to jiggle the cable to reinstate power, this happens every few minutes, even the slightest movement (anyone walking passed and catching the wire) causes the power to disappear. I even bought a new cable but it still happens. Extremely frustrating, I hope you have better luck when your guarantee is about to run out.

Hope this helps a little.

Posted on 29 Nov 2010 11:41:58 GMT
M. Hall says:
Jas, Strictly speaking your warrantee is worth nothing, what matters is your rights under the Sale of Goods Act. If they won't fix it because they say can't find a problem, contact Consumer Direct and get their advice. It could be that it's an intermittent fault which only shows up when the laptop is actually on a lap, rather than sat on the stable surface of a diagnostic table, probably because the strain of the cable on the connection port is greater. My Evesham has the same problem, unfortunately as Evesham are now out of business and MSI state that they have no spares for it (not an official UK model) there seems to be little that I can get done.

Posted on 5 Dec 2010 10:36:58 GMT
they are rubbish the keys fall off we took it back numerous times.

Posted on 15 Jan 2011 16:21:32 GMT
Can someone hepl me pls, my mother in law bought Advent windows 7 wireless 802.11B/GN laptop and we can not find wireless switch

Posted on 15 Jan 2011 17:35:55 GMT
Last edited by the author on 16 Jan 2011 19:15:08 GMT
JohnnyBoy says:
@Anton Farmer

I know of one Advent notebook which has been OK I think. It felt a bit cheapy but seemed quite reliable. I would *NOT* have bought one but that is not to say it wont serve you well. I echo the comments on DSG group (Currys/PC World etc.) though. If you right click on My Computer and choose properties - you can find out which version of Windows you have. I wouldn't be too worried about the amount of memory. Windows 7 is designed to use as much memory as you have but only if you really push it (have a LOT of windows open, or use it for gaming or CAD or video editing) would you ever notice a difference comparing a 64 bit and 32 bit versions with 4GB ram side by side (with the 32 bit only using 3GB of that 4GB). With slightly less memory, in the above situations it would take longer to complete tasks (as it has to swap things in memory you aren't using out to virtual memory on the hard disk). I wouldn't recommend upgrading at this stage as you will need to get hold of 64 bit media (buy Windows 7 retail with both versions in it), download 64 bit drivers and then go through the pain of re-installing Windows and those drivers. It's not worth it for the extra gain in memory. Should the hard disk fail and you don't have rescue disks and / or you omitted to make DVD backups of the rescue image - you can take the opportunity to do it then.

@Martina Kollarcikova
Wireless switches are normally either:

A physical switch somewhere on the outside of the unit and have a small symbol which represents a large TV/radio transmitter. If you cannot find a small sliding switch anywhere - it may be a key combination.

Key combination. Look at all the keys on the keyboard. Most are white but some keys will have another function which will be a different colour (normally light blue). On older Dells, for example, you used to have to press and hold FN (function) and the key with said transmitter image (F2).

Activated by the software supplied by the wireless adapter manufacturer (usually Intel). Somewhere on the START > ALL PROGRAMS menu will be something like 'Intel Wireless Utilities' or simlar and you can enable the adapter in that utility - as well as setup the connection to your router.

Worse-case, go to google and type in something like 'advent enable wireless' and even specify the model of your unit in there for a specific answer.

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Jan 2011 17:05:36 GMT
R. S. Speed says:
I have an advent laptop which I have had for about 3 years now. It's still in pretty good condition but I would warn you that there is very little support on the advent website when it comes to downloading new drivers. My track pad doesn't work any more which is a little frustrating as I can't download another driver to make it work when most other support sites offer such things (Sony, HP, Acer etc)
Apart from that you should be fine with the new purchase!

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Jan 2011 19:04:44 GMT
M. Hall says:
Have you tried driverguide?, alternately the trackpad may have the name of the original manufacturer in control panel, which you should then be able to use to find drivers, my Acer for example has a touchpad made by Synaptics.

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Jan 2011 19:14:34 GMT
JohnnyBoy says:
Yes - a lot of Dells and my new Samsung uses Synaptics also - so it wouldn't surprise me if that's what it was.

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Feb 2011 16:16:39 GMT
There are usually small buttons above the keyboard. Beside the power ON button. Look for a symbol that's like a smalll antenna giving off a sygnal (semi circular waves). A symbol like it will appear in the middle of your screen when you press it. Also check Networkconnections in Control Panels in the Start menu.

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Feb 2011 15:26:04 GMT
Last edited by the author on 4 Feb 2011 15:27:58 GMT
NicG. says:
I am an author/illustrator and I have owned and used my Advent Laptop PC for about the past 4 years. Both of my daughters and my wife also use or have used this machine for work/homework, internet surfing, music, movies and games. Despite the 'mouse buttons' beside the track-pad being a bit clunky, the machine has worked almost faultlessly. I say almost as one of the USB ports can be a bit temperamental but with four ports this has never been an issue. In the same time frame my wife's various Toshiba's and Dell's and my eldest daughter's 6 month old Dell have gone to the great PC workshop in the sky! My Advent is getting a bit slow now as it only has 1Gb RAM and 50Gb storage so I'm overdue an upgrade. Want to guess what I'm going to buy?

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Feb 2011 00:20:48 GMT
Stevewilliam says:
Thanks for that .... I won't buy from PC World. What a cheek to tell you what is not wrong with a machine you own and use!

Posted on 11 Feb 2011 16:48:16 GMT
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In reply to an earlier post on 16 Feb 2011 00:40:11 GMT
Try looking at the function keys on my Advent 6651 the wireless is toggled on/off by holding fn key + f10

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Feb 2011 19:12:04 GMT
Rita Marchi says:
beware. please check company out before you use them, I have read in other posts that this company is ran from a flat in China. I am concerned that C G Cronin feels the need to post this same reply on every single question posted on Amazon that I have read tonight, it makes me wonder why they would do that unless the company belongs to them.

Posted on 24 Feb 2011 23:01:16 GMT
I have had an Advent laptop for 4 years and it has been pretty good. The screen is failing a bit but it has been everywhere with me so is fairly rugged. It can get a bit hot in use and the battery only lasts for about 30 minutes now but both could be fixed. Its a 8112.

Posted on 24 Feb 2011 23:01:21 GMT
I have had an Advent laptop for 4 years and it has been pretty good. The screen is failing a bit but it has been everywhere with me so is fairly rugged. It can get a bit hot in use and the battery only lasts for about 30 minutes now but both could be fixed. Its a 8112.

Posted on 4 Mar 2011 11:22:34 GMT
A. Weston says:
I have had an ADvent 4401 for about 5 years and it has been used and abused! The only reason that I am upgrading is the slowness caused by updating Microsoft bloatware! It is currently sat next to my new toy (this time Acer - only because the price was right!) and they are happily transferring data. Will continue to use the Advent as a 'notebook' and transfer all the clever graphics and photosshop pacakages on to the new toy.
I would certainly reccomend Advent for every day use.
As to PC World, I have never really had any issues with them, but I would keep an eye on their prices...

Posted on 7 Mar 2011 13:56:09 GMT
Hi I am about to buy a new laptop for my daughter I bought one for her at christmas from QVC that shows what i know about computers lol when I got it it dident work very well we had to keep re-booting it at the mains it was a ACER 4GB 500hard drive they have been pretty good about it they are giving me my money back now ive seen one in argos intel core i3 370 2.53Hz prossor speed 4GBDDR3 RAM memory 640 GB SATA hard drive she is only nine but she is pretty good on the computer she likes to watch things on UTUBE make little films and loves sims could please someone help me cause i havent got a clue thanks

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Mar 2011 21:14:02 GMT
M. Hall says:
To be honest if all you want it for is youtube and The Sims, the spec you quote is overkill, what exactly do you mean by "make little films"?

Posted on 11 Mar 2011 15:31:37 GMT
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In reply to an earlier post on 8 Nov 2011 01:17:40 GMT
John says:
well this may sound crazy, but it's probably what I would do if I had the same problem and the warranty etc had run out. I would try and slightly bend the powers keys (the 3 prong powerlead) either on the lead or on the laptop, or maybe try and clean them and abraid them like with a wire brush, but Dremel tool, you might get a better contact!
Make sure it's not plugged in when you do it.

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Oct 2013 15:08:49 BDT
I bought a lap top from PC world own brand Advent, nearly 3 years now.
I'm happy with it, price was great, has not given me a problem, touch wood. I would upgrade to a more powerful one, however the key board isn't the best and after all, it has been good enough this years, I used everyday for business, etc.

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Oct 2013 23:59:46 BDT
L. Veliscu says:
My laptop Advent is still working after 6 years.I am very happy with it.To upgrade it you need a new 64bit processor.Is not really a pain if someone will replace the old processor.
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