Advent 4211 won’t turn on? Try this.

I have a new Advent 4211. It’s an excellent little machine, perfect for working with a commute and on site with clients without breaking your back or your bank account.

However, after just a week and 3 charges, mine decided not to turn on this morning! ACK!

After much praying to various Gods, divining with tea leaves and generally getting ready for a big girly cry, I called tech support and the wonderful people at The Tech Guys had the fix immediatley:

Apparently, static affects Advent 4211‘s from the battery/certain mains charging (?)! To fix:

  1. pop the battery out, and unplug the power lead.
  2. hold power button down for 20 seconds – even though obviously nothing will happen.
  3. pop the power lead back in and turn it on as normal.

Et voila! A working 4211 again. Put the battery back in whenever – I waited until the full reboot and shutdown cycle had completed, just to be sure. It’s working perfectly now.

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36 Responses to Advent 4211 won’t turn on? Try this.

  1. Thayer Prime says:

    Re: THANKS!
    Pleasure! I guess you got a scare like I did 😉 Not fun, unless you know the fix and then no problem!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Oh dear – I was kinda hoping this was the problem plaguing my 4211.
    Sadly not. I have tried your suggestion a few times now and my netbook will still only switch on when the mains are plugged in.
    Guess I have to take it back. Gutted.

    • Thayer Prime says:

      Oh bugger! Really sorry to hear that. If you *do* find a fix before you have to give up on it, do post back, just in case someone else who’s led here with the problem has the same one as yours – or post a link back to your blog if you have one.
      Good luck!

    • Anonymous says:

      Same happened to me
      The same problem has happened to me today. I bought the laptop last week and it wont run at all on the battery. As soon as i take the lead out it turns off 😦

      • Anonymous says:

        Re: Same happened to me
        Make sure the battery is actually locked in place give a good overnight charge might help!!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Thank you x 1 trillion! I cannot believe that worked! I bought my Advent in UK and am now in Oz. When it didn’t turn on I was picturing huge postage costs and international phone calls to unhelpful sales assistants.. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Just had a similiar problem, my battery had died and when I got home and plugged in as normal, it would not come on. I tried this fix and now it will come on but it will shut down after a few seconds….any thoughts

  5. Anonymous says:

    Thanks, fixed mine too!

  6. Anonymous says:

    advent 4211
    cheers I had tried this already but lost patience..I had to do it several times count to 30 just in case…finally life again, thought my wee baby was a gonner!

  7. Anonymous says:

    The very same just happened to my son’s laptop. Before we called out the overly-expensive support I remembered something online. Thanks to your advice the laptop is now back up and running and the uni graduate can get back to his 5000 word essay. thank you for your very sound advice.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Didn’t fix mine
    I had a similar problem, my netbook will turn on but only if the power is plugged in. The battery shows it’s at 100% but if you pull the power out whilst it’s turned on, the computer just dies. Tried your sugestion but didn’t work. Got to take the computer back to the shop.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Ah, you are wonderful! Thanks so much. I was myself planning on a big girly cry, and then I read your post and it’s working like new again.

  10. Anonymous says:

    thanks my daughter is so impressed and so am i

  11. Anonymous says:

    Great tip. Worked exactly as described. Much appreciated !

  12. Anonymous says:

    worked for my Advent 7450 which i almost binned

  13. Anonymous says:

    Oh, awesome, this worked like a charm on my Dell Inspiron Mini! You’ve just saved this starving college student $400. Thanks so much!!!

  14. Anonymous says:

    This works !!
    Hi -thank you for posting just tried this and my laptop is back working you have saved me getting repaired. thanks again

  15. Thayer Prime says:

    So great!
    Glad it’s helped a few more of you 🙂 Nifty little trick once you know it!

  16. Anonymous says:

    laptop saver!!
    thanks so much for posting this, i was very worried when my laptop wouldn’t turn on there and nowi have it working again! much appreciated advice, cheers!

  17. Anonymous says:

    fantastic, great little trick, thought i would be buying a new one. wprked like a charm

  18. Anonymous says:

    Advent 4211 won,t start
    Great tip wor
    ked straight away.
    I agree Advent helpline telephone costs are too much.

  19. Anonymous says:

    I actually knew about this solution and I had applied it many times without success, finally taking the notebook to PC World to be checked.
    The technicians (2 of them) could not solve the problem and suggested that the motherboard was at fault and that it was too expensive to repair. I invested in a new netbook (not an Advent).
    Several months later I came across your entry and gave it another try. Amazingly it worked – the static must have taken a long time to disperse. Does the problem with static originate from the battery? I intend to run it on AC power for a while to see what happens.

    • Thayer Prime says:

      > Does the problem with static originate from the battery?
      No idea I’m afraid, sounds likely though. Glad you’re up and running again, and sorry to hear you had to buy a new machine before finding out!

  20. Anonymous says:

    power issue
    exellent advise thanks to people like u i have my advent back again! 😀

  21. Anonymous says:

    Power on problem
    Thanks for your help, not a problem anymore.. Seem to only happen when re booting with battery low or flat if when plugged in.

  22. Deborah Flossie says:

    Thank you. Was about to throw a hissie-fit and blame my husband – not sure why but he isn’t here to defend himself! – when I googled and found YOU! All working now and I can resume my life!!

  23. Wattera says:

    Had to leave a post to say thank you so much. My advent 4211 is pretty old now and hates it when I let the battery run down completely. I really thought it was a goner this time but following your simple instructions it sprang back to life in under a minute. Brilliant!

  24. Jef says:

    Sadly did not work for mine. When I switch on ( and for no reason) I get a boot up screen, ie start in safe mode etc, but whatever option I try it does not boot up, for a micro second i get some sort of what i believe to be an error message ( to quick to read) then it goes back to the boot up screen. Can anyone help ??

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