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Advent 6415 Combo laptop (aka Gericom N340S8) service manual/specs required

Hi there. I'm hitting a brick wall trying to find a service manual for my Advent 6415 Combo laptop. It is also know as a Gericom N340S8

Can anyone please tell me where I can get a PDF version of the service manual. I also need to know how large a HDD this will take. i.e. does it support 48bit LBA so I can stick a HDD > 137GB in it?

I found something written in German on the net. But I would prefer an English written version - LOL.

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Here's one.

Go all the way to the bottom of the page for the ftp link. They have the service and the user manual. I just downloaded it and it is in English.

Posted on May 02, 2008

What specific files did you download please for the English versions of the user and service manual?

Posted on May 05, 2008

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