CF-18/CF-29 GPS module swap?

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  1. ADOR

    ADOR Evil Mad Scientist

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    I have picked up two CF-29 sleds that still have the factory GPS module in them. Is this the same module they used in the CF-18? I don't have the internal board needed to make this work on my CF-29 or CF-30, but I do have a couple of extra CF-18 boards that I can add GPS too. I would just need the "bump" for the antenna. Not in a rush to try and put it in my CF-29 since I have a good aftermarket kit on the way.
     
  2. db04p71

    db04p71 Notebook Deity

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    Even if you had the connector on the CF-30 the CF-29 GPS will not work on it. The CF-30 has a totally different setup for GPS.
     
  3. Rob

    Rob Toughbook Aficionado

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    As does the 31 from the 30... :(
     
  4. ADOR

    ADOR Evil Mad Scientist

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    This does look promising for a swap to a CF-18. I took the module out of the CF-29 sled and put it on a daughterboard with bluetooth. Only one factory screw hole lines up. But there is enough room to redrill to make it work. I put the daughterboard into a MK1 CF-18 I had and the gps showed up in the bios. I found some GPS antenna covers on eBay today so I ordered them. I think I have two screws long enough to hold the cover on. Looks like tonight I will be doing a lot more picture taking and see how this goes. Try this out in a MK3 and MK5 also to make sure it shows up in bios. I will have more pictures up later and let you know how or if it works in other marks.

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  5. orphanlr

    orphanlr Notebook Evangelist

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    OK, So how soon should I send you my cf-18 for GPS instal? :eek:
     
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    bladerunner12345 Notebook Enthusiast

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    did anyone ever make a "bump" cover for the GPS?
    if there were a call for it, I could, or make a custom one for a different antenna.. my wife has one on hers I could copy
     
  7. ADOR

    ADOR Evil Mad Scientist

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    Need one bad? lol. Right now this is just to see if this is possible. I might be able to let one go after I see how it goes. Just send me a message.
     
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    ADOR Evil Mad Scientist

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    I don't think anyone has made a custom bump for the CF-18/19. I lucked up this morning on ebay and seen couple for sale and picked them up. I have screws that should work. That way I can see about converting maybe two other CF-18's I have to GPS. I am sure Heartland has them, but don't know what it would cost for them. This won't be near as good as any of the newer gps stuff, but works for using what I have.
     
  9. toughasnails

    toughasnails Toughbook Moderator Moderator

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    or I could look tomorrow and maybe send screws with your new GPS antenna covers :D ...since I am such a nice guy :rolleyes: . I would look now but I work untill 4AM .
    Also I give TBT & NBR members 10% off so look for a refund tomorrow :)
     
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    ohlip Toughbook Modder

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    This was already been discussed somewhere a year ago. The cf-18 and cf-29 toughbook gps uses the same module and it also can be use on CF-19 and CF-30 but it need some works. First to mod is the cable interface coz it is on reverse and then the mounting area where to install on CF-19/30 but it can be handle by an industrial double sided tape which is tough enough.

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