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    Default REWORKING/UPGRADING BIOS on CF-19 MK3

    Hi, I have another CF-19 MK3 that is a project build and does not show WWAN/UMTS in the BIOS. It was not shipped with 3G originally. No IMEI sticker on the underside.

    I'm wanting to use a GOBI 1000 PCI UMTS modem with it. However, I need to activate WWAN in the BIOS. I tried loading and saving the default values but this failed to do the job.

    I think the BIOS needs updating. I've been on www.panasonic.ca and [url=http://www.toughbook-europe.com[/url] but neither show any updates for a MK3 BIOS, only MK1 and MK4.

    I know that you have to be very careful with the BIOS on a toughbook or you can brick it. Nonetheless, any ideas? Thanks in advance.
    Last edited by morganphare; 11th September 2012 at 12:44 PM.

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    Default Re: REWORKING/UPGRADING BIOS on CF-19 MK3

    Install working modem and you will have that option in BIOS )
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    Default Re: REWORKING/UPGRADING BIOS on CF-19 MK3

    Thanks for the tip. The first thing I did was to install a modem (using a GOBI 1000) but the CF-19 did not recognize it. I know the modem isn't faulty as I've used it successfully in another MK3 CF-19 where the BIOS shows WWAN. When you look at the Panasonic wireless switch utility it only shows Bluetooth and WLAN, but no WWAN. It's a BIOS problem I believe.

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    Default Re: REWORKING/UPGRADING BIOS on CF-19 MK3

    have a look for SPGOBI / SPWWANID
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    Default Re: REWORKING/UPGRADING BIOS on CF-19 MK3

    Does the Mk3 have WWAN dip switches? If so. are they set correctly?
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    Default Re: REWORKING/UPGRADING BIOS on CF-19 MK3

    I'm sure dip switches only regulate antennas, not switch the modem on and off.
    It's a very strange situation. My MK3 also didn't have factory installed modem. And now it has. Wireless WAN in BIOS appears when I install a modem. I'm sure
    Hardware wireless switch is on?
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    Default Re: REWORKING/UPGRADING BIOS on CF-19 MK3

    My Mk IV had to have a BIOS Flash to enable the WWAN..... Search the threads for WWAN Bios Flash...... It should be there in the posts. I used it from one of the GURU'S!!! and it worked great......
    CF19 MkIV, Win 8.1 64 Bit, 8Gig RAM, GPS, GOBI, Emissive KB, Port Rep., Ext. HDD x3, SSD, Hybrid SSD, WAN/LAN,WWAN, nice ride!!! CF 18 MkII, WinTab, GPS, blah blah blah..... It's nice 2..

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    Default Re: REWORKING/UPGRADING BIOS on CF-19 MK3

    Quote Originally Posted by gijoe4us View Post
    My Mk IV had to have a BIOS Flash to enable the WWAN..... Search the threads for WWAN Bios Flash...... It should be there in the posts. I used it from one of the GURU'S!!! and it worked great......
    Hi, Do you have a link? I'm certain this is what I must do. Thanks

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    Default Re: REWORKING/UPGRADING BIOS on CF-19 MK3

    Yes the dip switches are set correctly and the wireless switch is on. I'm certain the BIOS needs flashing. Thanks

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    Default Re: REWORKING/UPGRADING BIOS on CF-19 MK3

    Does your bios have an Mxx suffix? If so, WWAN may be disabled.

    SPGOBI is for a Mk4, not a Mk3.

    "The SPGOBI2.zip tool is used to write the WWAN ID in the BIOS for recognizing the integrated
    Gobi‐2000 module for Calpella models (CF‐31mk1/CF‐19mk4/CF‐52mk3/CF‐F9mk1/CF‐C1mk1)
    integrated with Gobi‐2000."
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