CF-18 unusual docking connector

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  1. Shuttlez

    Shuttlez Notebook Enthusiast

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    Hello,
    As I'm wondering back and forth about the method to hook up wwan to my CF-18, I've come across an interesting issue.
    My model number is CF-18KEH01VE (european I presume) and I have the schematics for CF-18BDKZXMM.
    My concern is the docking/port replicator connector found at the bottom.
    Normally it would look like this:
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    Picture by user Strontium from this thread.

    Instead it has 15 wide strips parallell. I'll post a picture later on.
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    Is this "other" docking connector known to someone? and in case it is, is there a USB available?
    Always-on is not an issue.
     
  2. Shuttlez

    Shuttlez Notebook Enthusiast

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    For added information:
    The pinouts are detachable, and there is a 100 pin B2B-connector beneath marked CN850.
    The board has a text saying "CF-18mk1 car mount-I/F" which seems a tad odd.. Furthermore, the configurator would issue this to have dual passthrough, there is although only one coax-connector, and no coax-cables are "readily" visible.
     
  3. capt.dogfish

    capt.dogfish The Curmudgeon

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    That's an odd one. Are you saying that the other side of that PCB is a female socket? I've seen a lot of different Toughbooks and that is the first which had something other than a male plug with an alignment pin on each side for a docking connector.
    CAP
     
  4. ohlip

    ohlip Toughbook Modder

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    I've guess that is a modified docking connector for an special equiptment. Like an stationary/fix testing equiptment and or monitoring equiptment.


    ohlip
     
  5. denrosten

    denrosten Notebook Evangelist

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    I have the same, it is also the one with the weird bios that do the start up on plugging to ac.

    It is an all black unit.
     
  6. ohlip

    ohlip Toughbook Modder

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    Interesting huh! Can we exchange? I have a regular one here.


    ohlip
     
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    Toughbook Drop and Give Me 20!

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    We definitely need more info on this... Teo... You have your homework assignment! :D
     
  8. denrosten

    denrosten Notebook Evangelist

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    No, no, i love mine :)
    I have set another bios version on it (thanks to a member here)

    I am very glad its a black version as i work in a theater as technician, i use it on stage to control my mix board (Yamaha M7CL) on distance
    Its a digitizer, so it can do very precise tweaking's of pot and sliders

    I bought it on Ebay http://cgi.benl.ebay.be/PANASONIC-T...urs_Ordinateurs_Portables&hash=item255f0a8f14

    It is in perfect state, even the screen has no scratches


    Derick
     
  9. Shuttlez

    Shuttlez Notebook Enthusiast

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    Sorry, wont exchange, this machine is destined to help us fight fires :)

    I contacted our local Panasonic dealer about a stylus and tether, and asked them about this connector. It was new for them too.. We agreed I'd take the machine with me when I get the stylus for them to take a quick peek :)
     
  10. RuggedSolutions

    RuggedSolutions Notebook Consultant

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    I've had a few of those 18's here from the same company. They are ex military units. maybe thats why the strange dock connector. The ones I had came with a custom BIOS that did not allow any software updates or changes. I just did a BIOS update and moved them on the way to the new owners.

    Sounds like you got a nice one from the pile as the ones I had here were trashed. They are now riding on
    farm equipment so it didn't matter how they looked. Even a new toughbook would have been covered in in
    a few days.
     
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