Advent 9315 crappy laptops

About 4 this afternoon, my neighbours knocked on the door for some help with a new laptop they had just picked up from Currys – an Advent 9315.

The guy in the shop had said “just turn it on, it really simple”. This it turns out was utter bollocks.

Firstly, none of the drivers were installed so it needed 9 reboots to install the 6 drivers (no, I don’t know why the supplied CD appeared to install the media slot, modem and lan drivers twice). Once this was done, it still appeared to have no wireless. Windows reported that “no wireless device is installed”. Grrrr.

Turns out that after booting, you have to press fn-F10 to turn on the wireless. Everytime. What a pile of toss. Anyway, after turning it on (which caused it to install drivers and then insist on another reboot …. grrrr, I thought vista was supposed to remove the need for endless reboots?) it came up with a wireless card – woohoo. Except it couldn’t find any networks. None. Bugger all. My powerbook was happily sat there connected to my home network and offering me 5 others. The Advent however told me nothing was available.

After spending ages trying to work out what the hell was going on I took it upstairs and sat it next to the wireless router. Ahha! 1 bar of signal. If it was within a ft or so of the router it worked badly. Any further than that, forget it. The chances of using it downstairs – nill.

A bit of googling suggested others with similar problems so, if you are thinking of buying an Advent 9315 beware – it’s a bit toss 🙂

(yeah, I know, blog slacker etc etc, I’ve been busy with various trips, diy and sorting out grave stones (how much?!!!?11one! For a paving slab???) so whistle for it :))

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36 Responses to Advent 9315 crappy laptops

  1. Steve says:

    This review is a pile of toss I have one and had none of the problems you have had.

  2. George Dubbaya says:

    I have one and i’ve never encountered any problems with it. The reviewer is a bit of a toss.

  3. Phil says:

    I too have the same problem with having to press Fn + F10 to enable the internal wireless adapter after boot every time. Came across this page looking for a solution. Very peculiar problem. Never seen a laptop that does this before. Have not found an answer yet.

  4. dmc says:

    Dear George (haha, such wit) and Steve (or could you be the same person?),

    Glad to hear you haven’t had any problems with yours – seems you were lucky. I still maintain it is a cheap, crap laptop with some serious issues and it seems others agree. Still, each to their own eh?

    Laptop went back, staff in store admitted they had had several back (so, it’s fine eh?) and it was swapped for a HP that was only 20 quid more. Worked fine in all rooms, no problem with signal strength at all. Wireless works all the time and doesn’t need bloody turning on every time. Much better.

    As for “The reviewer is a bit of a toss” who ever claimed this was a review??

  5. Stu says:

    Have to agree it’s a pile of s**t. I just bought one and I’m not happy with it.
    It was supposed to have a cd containing a user manual, don’t know where that is.
    I don’t have wireless problems but the build quality is pretty poor.
    I agree it’s a pain having to turn antenna on every time you boot up.
    I cannot find out how to disable taps on the touchpad, any ideas?

  6. annon says:

    Hi, no offence but i put these problems down to people who know nothing about computers… also anyone with a brain gets rid of vista and uses XP because VISTA is basically SHIT. My mum has n advent, my niece has one and i just got the one your on about and havnt had any problems. But the problem you are on about is a VISTA problem and happens to a lot of vista machines.

    BUT DO NOT BUY FROM CURRYS

    one they over charge, two there is no support. you buy a vista machine with this problem and they can easy turn round and say its not there problem and charge you £60 to fix it.

    good luck people

  7. shell says:

    I have owned the advent 9315 for about 6 months now and have had no problems with it at all. The only thing i find crap is the short battery life which is only about 1 hour 30 mins with the setting on power saver.
    The driver problem you described was more than likely either hardware not being properly supported by vista as someone has mentioned or not being installed properly in the first place. I didn’t have any problems with vista premium and even re-installed vista so i could get rid of the crap pcworld had installed.
    If you think about it, wouldnt it be more annoying to continuously have to turn off the wifi in areas you can’t or don’t want to connect to the internet to save your battery power. Either way theres gonna be those that moan. Also my grandad lives across the road from us in a ground floor flat and i can still surf the internet off my wireless bt connection in his house so maybe you just have a crap router or service provider. I have no problems in any part of my house either, whether downstairs or up. I move around my house alot carrying my laptop sometimes from room to room still surfing and no probs.
    I use my laptop like my home PC so i will have downloads running while surfing the net with various other programs open at the same time and never experience and freezing problems or anything from this.
    So for me, yeah there are things that can be improved like the battery span but all in all a good value laptop that does what i want without any problems

  8. reticon says:

    “wouldnt it be more annoying to continuously have to turn off the wifi in areas…”

    a bios setting that allows “enable/disable wifi on boot” would fix that, but if that is too much to ask then it should at least start in the same state that it shut off in. On the wireless point, it is idiotic. Especially to try to explain to a grandmother/primary teacher why she has to remember to hold down the function key and hit F10 before logging in. It’s hard enough to train them to hit CTRL-ALT-DELETE simultaneously.

    Finally, soooo true about VIsta. We wipe it out any chance we get. It stinks.

  9. Ed says:

    I wish I hadn’t bought this laptop – battery life is pitiful – in this day and age I’d expect at least an hour of battery life, not to mention the 2.5 hour charge-time to get it back up to 100%.

    And the graphics card – an SiS Mirage – is the cheapest pile of crap out there. I wish I’d gone for a branded laptop (HP / Toshiba / Compaq) etc.

  10. Emily says:

    Hi shell i noticed wha you said about the short battery life lasting 1hr 20mins. You think that is short! Iv had my laptop since jan 08. And in the lst 2 months my battery hasnt been holding the charge! With 2 windows open doing barly anything. On balanced – my battery last 10 mins on power saver it last 20 mins! Dads taking it 2 the tech guys 2day 2 see if it can b fixed

  11. Oliver says:

    I bought my 9315 last january 08 and I am generally quite happy with the computer, it does all the things i need it to, the wireless is great, nice range. it surfs quickly and downloads well. The 2g of ram keeps everything fluid, usually. The screen is nice and doesn’t turn negative at angles (i’m sure there’s a fancy name for that somewhere)The speakers could be better but you get for what you pay for. however, i too am suffering with an extremely short battery life which seems to diminsh more when the wireless is on. Also the compter runs very hot due to the heat sync, so much so it crashes during prolonged (an hour or so) use on fabric surface like a bed or sofa. The compter also crashes when doing too many thing, ie I can’t watch a show while on line and moving folders/files at the same time. But in the end, it’s slick lookin, fast inside, light with a big screen(in proportion) i find it perfect for a mobile, home pc

  12. Denis says:

    Emily mine does the same. make sure and write back so i know if mine can be fixed too.

  13. Andy says:

    Did someone say ditch Vista and put on XP? Have you tried to get XP drivers for this thing? What a nightmare….glad I read about the Wifi switch needing setting every time and more glad it’s not my laptop!!

    Nearly 3 in the morning and I’m ready to hit this on the head. Good luck to anyone else that tries.

  14. Richard says:

    looking at buying this model until I come across this site, it seems that they have passed on all the problems from packhard bells to advents
    it’s about time pcw curry and dix get there act together and supply
    good machines, also to tell you the truth, tried to buy a pc last year in local store in the sale, i would like that one, informed OK walk this way,
    he looked at the PC ordering system and said sold out, can I order one or have the display M/c, he booked it for me (he said?), then he walked me over to ?bell machines to buy, NO thanks. looked in the store again a few weeks later at the end of the sale and the same m/c still there,
    asked the same questions with the same answers, following day, same again, asked to see the store manager, he’s busy? I’m a customer demanding to see him, had a word with him and asked him what the game was? and i formed him that I’m not happy with the so called sale advistised, all you are trying to do is sell the cr@* machines plus a few more words, looked in the store again, and surprise the PC still on the display at the sale price. CurryPcwand Dix, get your act in order

  15. RT says:

    I bought 2 Advent 9315 laptops in December 2007 and not had any problems with either of them. Only thing I don’t like is having to turn the wireless networking on via FN + F10 every time, other than that I have absolutely no complaints at all.

  16. Rachel says:

    I bought an Advent 9315 in eb 2008 and the battery life is rubbish. I have never had more than an hour and a half of battery life, and for the last 4 months it has been down to 35 minutes. I just called PC World and they’re collecting it on Monday and changing the battery under warranty, so we’ll see. Fingers crossed

  17. dex says:

    I bought my laptop in 2008 and its pretty sound battery life is all i can say and as for everyone going on about omg u have to press fn + f10 u have to be the worlds laziest people in the world o crap i have to move my hand but its stuck to the mouse. What should i do help someone help. i love it. I sit out side I get net I sit up steers guess what I get net its never f-up on me like my old Sony. its quick the g-card ent the best but its no alienware that u pay over £4000 is it no it £400 and just the CPU and hard-drive would cost that alone so if Ur not a gamer (buy a tower) not lazy (nf + f10) good buy for what u get Intel core 2 duo 1.5. 2g ram. 120 hard drive and vista witch runs sweet umm

  18. dex says:

    OOO and the____ with the first comment first go back to college and learn how to fix them before u brake them. That has to be the funnest s*** i have heard its all crap but thats for u lot to find out

  19. Deano says:

    I have one these laptops and am totaly 100% pleased with it,it runs vista perfect.
    battery life is approx 90 mins but mainly use mains anyway.
    I put mine into hibernate state and dont have to use fn and f10….but at the end of the day its only 2 little keys if this is all people have to moan amount in life they must have no life.

  20. Computer Genius says:

    BASICALLY YOUR A PRICK.
    THERES NOTHING WRONG WITH THE LAPTOP, ITS THE PLACE THEY BROUGHT IT.
    ALSO YOUR CLEARLY AN IDIOT WHO HAS INSTALLED THE DRIVERS INCORRECTLY.

  21. dmc says:

    Wow, what a wonderful comment. I assume you are an extremely experienced computer expert – you’ve certainly got the hang of the capslock key.

    Oh, I think you meant “you’re” but I’ll ignore that.

  22. Fabre says:

    I have this laptop and have had it for half a year now.
    I only had to boot it about 3 times but after that it was fine. I do have the constant fn-f10 but I’m now so used to doing it I don’t even notice that I do it anymore and the range works fine. The only real problem with mines is that it overheats, ALOT, I tried googling that but I’ve only been getting results for older models.

  23. Martin says:

    The need to manually restart the wireless connection is VERY irritating. The people who have posted juvenile and frankly arrogant comments along the lines of it being so easy that anyone who complains hasn’t got a life have never had to try to help elderly people use a laptop. As an earlier poster said, it is an unwanted and unnecessary complication. Not everyone is a spotty computer geek and the comments simply highlight the typical nerd’s inability to think themselves into another person’s situation.

    On reboot a lost wireless connection can generate warning messages that frankly worry and confuse inexperienced and elderly users. A lost connection also means no automatic security updates and no continuity of connection after a required reboot with the possibiluty of even more warning messages.

    I pointed this out (initally very politely) to PC World where I got my parent’s laptop from, but they tried to persuade me that this was “normal” wireless card behaviour, which was news to me. I have been buying laptops for organisations for many years and this is the first one that has ever done this.

  24. xbarranco says:

    I have a laptop with almost exactly the same architecture except for the Wireless card. In my case is an internal Ralink RT2501USB but I experienced the same issues you say: WLAN always OFF after boot.

    After some days I found the answer: updating the BIOS. Now the Wireless card is ON by default.

    This link works only for model U50SIx (where x=number) laptops, so don’t try to flash this BIOS unless your laptop model matches the requirements or you could be exposed to a much more serious problem than that of the wireless. Look for an appropiate update of your BIOS

    http://forum.novatech.co.uk/showthread.php?t=4230

    Mine is U50SI1 box INNOBO.

    Good luck!

  25. xbarranco says:

    Looking around I found this:

    “Advent 9315 === ECS U50SI 1 (Gericom Phantom A4 Superlight)”

    at:

    http://www.w00tw00t.co.uk/support/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=4736

    In other words, the BIOS flashing will also work for you, suffering Advent 9315 users… 😉

  26. Shellsuitwarrior says:

    I don’t get why you’re making it out to be such a hassle to hold down Fn and F10 – it takes about 0.2 seconds to do and is hardly complicated.

    The battery life on the 9315 does suck though – although I got a letter the other day saying my battery may need to be recalled – so I might get a new one that way.

  27. David says:

    I’ve had numerous problems with my laptop (Advent 9315), mainly the hardware. The base of it heats up regularly, which was a problem with the fan. It was cutting out several times during use as a result which was very frustrating.

    I did buy it in Curry’s about 2 years ago and am still paying it off unfortunately. Wouldn’t have ever gone near this computer had I done my research initially. It really gets me down to hear that within the space of 2 years, decent laptops can be bought for a mere 400-500 euro and they don’t experience the same hassle as one bought for double the price and interest to boot. Anyway, I’ll learn from experience as the thing will be mine in a couple of months. For what it’s worth the laptop behaves like it’ll croak at any given point.

    So it cut out numerous times and was sent back promptly, 4 times or so, each time returning with the same problem.

    I found them to some way polite on the phone, but their maintenance staff cheekily only cleaned the fan the first two times, and after an irate call, replaced it the 3rd time. But when I received it back the CD-Rom was broken. It was jamming and was difficult to close.

    So I rang them again(and I hated the way I felt I was inconveniencing them) and stated my case. So it was returned and fixed and returned again to me.

    It seems fine at the moment, but I’ve always had a problem with the battery. I can’t leave the laptop operating without it plugged into a socket as the battery won’t last for more than a minute. Yes, and external parts aren’t part of your cover. Typical.

    So I was wondering if anyone could help me regarding the battery –

    Do I have to get the same spec battery that goes with the Advent 9315 or can I get a similar one? The reason I’m asking this is that the 9315 is a lot dearer than the other series to purchase for some reason.

    Oh, and yeah, I’ve never had the wireless function work on this computer.
    Not really sure what’s that about.

  28. William says:

    I have had this laptop for about a year now. No major complaints except the fact the battery lasts about 30mins when not plugged in to the mains. does anyone know if you can get a longer life battery ?

  29. dave says:

    has anyone had proplem with paint peeling on computer lid as mine peeling every where.

  30. paul chaplin says:

    Just like to note that when i purchased my advent 9315 i looked at the descripion and there was clear indications that it was built to be placed on a desk not on a bed nor lap, taking this into consideration complaining about the heat issue is unjustified as there were clear markings that it simply wasnt buit to be on a bed or a lap. the battery sucks but theres alot worse NOTEBOOKS out there.

  31. PC Doc says:

    hi all, my sister bought this laptop a while ago and i will admit she isnt the most computer literate person on the planet.
    i hav enow bought the laptop off her as she is moving house and needs the money, lol
    but anyway , on to the issues.
    for those people that complain about the fn + f10 for the wireless card to turn on, i totally agree, it may not be too much hassle if you are booting into a normal operating system like window, but when running a knoppix or linux distro from disk, it needs to boot the wireless card as its loading so its not a feature that is possible when its loaded.
    hence no wireless.
    the heat transfer is a problem but upon inspection of the insides of the laptop, the areas at which air can be flowed through, are significantly smaller than should be adequate.
    agreed with the comment about vista bieng a waste of space, either, upgrade to windows 7 or go back to windows xp
    the asthetics of the laptop seem fine, except missing a hinge cover on this one, and the battery life can be extended using better power management, but i have seen sevral reports of batteries not charging within a few months of purchase.
    Overall, not the worst laptop in the world, but has enough flaws to make it one to steer away from if your a computer buyer who doesnt want any fuss.
    I will try a bios update later and see if that sorts the wireless on boot problem.

  32. Utter bullocks. says:

    The reviewer know just about jack shit about Laptops obviously.
    You don’t have to reboot after EVERY driver is installed, just after you finish them all. Duh. Common sense?!. RESTART LATER.

    Okay, having to press FN + F10 is annoying, but you’re getting a laptop with a C2D and 2GB relatively cheap. So shut the fuck up. It’s still fairly powerful and does the job. Vista works perfectly on it. Linux works even better though…

    And, big deal the SIS GFX are shit, who buys a laptop for gaming anymore anyway? Build a gaming PC if that’s what you want to do. It can play movies fine etc.

    All in all it’s a good laptop to be honest, my Sony Vaio gave me more grief and that was £1200.

  33. Kyuu says:

    Got this laptop knackered on ebay for 92 quid as a replacement for my recently diseased acer aspire 3100..

    I agree it’s a total piece of shit, first thing i did was format debian over the miserable excuse for a operating system known as vista, fucking drivers! Fn doesn’t work on linux, after a bit of searching i found advent are basically just re-branded Chinese sold by pc world, anyway, the same bios updates work for them so i downloaded the update that enables wifi by default, also got rid of the horrible advent logo. =] Now, drivers.. not only are drivers almost non existent, advent them self offer no support; bunch of fuckin’ queers. So you have to spend a good few hours scouring manufacturers websites for the required drivers, next there is no graphics driver for linux, or at least no proper driver. Eventually i gave up and just installed xp planing to come back to it later..

    For some reason my laptop only game with 1GB of ddr2 rather than the listed 2GB, and only a 80GB hardrive, still enough for me. The processor though, absolute shit, 1.5, really?! So I ripped that fucker out and replaced with a much nice 1.8, much faster!

    Now i just need to sort out this replacement changer; it doesn’t seem to fit well and takes a while to get it into the right position. Also the battery’s dead, but i’m unsure whether it’s worth spending 25 quid on a new one, i hear they only hold a hour charge from new.

    Over all not impressed by this laptop, but seen as I only use it maybe one or two nights a week it doesn’t really bother me. For the price i got it for i can’t complain…

    The hinges to feel a big wobbly though and the catch no longer works. =/ gay.

  34. Penny says:

    Doesn’t matter if the original poster can work computers or not: Advent laptops/notebooks are a pile of utter GASH. Got a notebook and it’s been crap from the word go. SO many annoying things with it. It’s had an external wireless device plugged into a USB for at least 6 months now as (regardless of pressing F10 on and off) doesn’t even find my home wireless anywhere in my house (even from 5metres away). Also, despite being a notebook bought purely for university usage, after carefully carrying it around after a few months A LINE APPEARED DOWN THE MIDDLE OF THE SCREEN. It became increasingly worse, so then it was time to send it away to be fixed. I sent it away – A MONTH LATER (right in the middle of term time no less – raging) it came back, with no line but they hadn’t even touched the wireless – so it still has the USB wireless stick. It’s now 3 months after it was ‘fixed’ and now it had developed another LINE RIGHT DOWN THE MIDDLE OF THE SCREEN.

    Typical that my waranty has just run out…

    WOULD BE BETTER IN THE BIN.

    I previously had a Toshiba for 3 years prior and it was a laptop of dreams compared to this.

  35. Another Random Foolt the power says:

    This laptop is cheap because it is cheap. Had the thing for a few years now and had no issues, apart from poor battery life and the fact it comes with Windows Shitsta. Ran Win7 on it no problem, it is a bit annoying to keep tuning on the wireless but its not too much of a ball ache.
    However, since installing Ubuntu 10.10, battery life is now around 2 hours (if it doesnt hibernate when I pull ou

  36. Ben says:

    Have to admit, Advent laptops are not the greatest. Had one for around a year, was a little slow while using apps such as flash, and also wi-fi was not good. Then, of course, hard drive had to fail. D:

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