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Sylvania Netbook Upgrading


So, you managed to find a Sylvania Netbook...

The first time I got one, I thought it would be a handy little computer to just throw in my purse to go visit my father in the nursing home. I could share my photos with him and maybe even teach him how to use it.

The first day I visited him with this little laptop, the WIFI did not work very well. Who am I kidding?

It just plain did not work.

I was a little confused and frustrated.

I went home and went onto my regular computer. I typed in the webpage of the Sylvania Netbook.

the webpage is owned by Digital Gadgets and you must go to

They have a webpage devoted entirely to getting this little puppy up and running.

You will need an SD card. The one I bought was a 4 GB SD card. This is one that works with my digital camera, also.

I had to download Windows CE Imbedded first. I had to download a Wince file. I put the SD card into my computer and it pulled the information off of the card and created the Windows Platform.

Then, I had to go back to the Digital Gadgets web page and download their system update file.

Then, I had to download a patch and let it install.

Then, after all that, I downloaded the Wifi Update.

All of a sudden, it started installing files. Some seven hundred files.

It was beautiful. It almost made me cry and made the $440 I spent going to Vocational School in the 1980s seem all worthwhile!!!

All of my desktop icons are back, plus more.

I cannot wait to go visit my father and try it out.

--- Mine is for sale, if anyone is interested, or I would take a regular notebook computer in trade. --

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This webpage gave me my biggest boost...

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This webpage instructs you how to find obscure, old files that aren't all archived online. You may need to reset your system. You can download the chinese version and reset your system.

I found it to be quite helpful when I had issues with formatting my harddrive and I wiped the contents clean and had to start over.

It worked.

I am satisfied!

So, I visited my father...

I had high expectations. I turned the machine on. The only problem was, I was under the impression that I needed the SD card in it when I started it. For storage, so I thought. Well. My first run, erased what files I put on there, so I had to take the machine home and reload the desktop information.

Which amounted to copying the fixwifi.exe file to the SD card and the OS system update. When you put the SD card in, it automatically updates the files. Then REMOVE the SD card and do not put it back in, unless you have troubles.

WRITE to me if you need help with your Netbook. Perhaps I can give individual help.

Info from Digital Gadgets Website

Look for the Downloads link:

It will say:


· Click here to download the setup guide

SYLVANIA SmartBook Operating System Update:

You may need to change your SD card.

· Format an SD card 1GB or larger to FAT32

· Insert formated SD card into your PC

· Download and save the (65MB)

· Unzip the (65MB) file to the root of an SD card.

· This should result in the creation of a folder called script in the root directory of the SD card.

· Insert the SD card into the SmartBook (netbook) device and power on the netbook.

· The netbook will update its software. Wait for the window "Upgrade" completed.

· When completed, remove the SD card and reboot the Smartbook by pressing the device hard "power ON/OFF button".

A note to reader:

Do you need help with yours? There is a Yahoo Group, called sylvania_netbook that you can join to get the latest news on your netbook. Simple to join. You simply go to Yahoo Groups and sign up. The Sylvania Netbook Community is an online, email based group that posts solutions to your Sylvania Netbook issues.


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Product Specifications

Microphone jack Yes

Earphone jack Yes

DC jack Yes

Keypad 80 Keys

Mouse Pad 2.2" mouse pad

Battery 8.4 V 1800mAh built in Lithium battery

Speaker Built in 2 x 0.5W speaker

Operating System Win CE 6.0 professional plus version

Processor Via 8505

Display 7" High Resolution TFT(800 X 480 pixels)