CF-19 Guide F.A.Q.

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  1. ThunderMax58

    ThunderMax58 Newbie

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    Hi everyone, I'm a new user but I've read these forums for several years.

    I have a local fire department who has brought me CF-19FHGAXAM MK2 Toughbook with Windows Vista installed. They've complained about slow speeds so I've upgraded it to a solid state and increased the memory from 1 to 3GB of RAM.

    Here's my issue. Through research I know that Panasonic doesn't officially support Windows 7 on the mk2s, but I see bits and pieces of people saying they made it work; I just can't find anyone actually listing the drivers used or instructions on how it was done (for the mk2). I already tried Windows 7 64-Bit and I got all but the brightness buttons and the touch screen calibration to work. I'm hoping someone on here can point to me a driver list and procedure doc for the mk2 and Windows 7. I would prefer 64-Bit but can live with 32-Bit. I see that ADOR mentioned that he has the drivers for a mk2, but I see no link.

    Can anyone help?
     
  2. Shawn

    Shawn Crackpot Search Ninja and Options Whore

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    Go with 32 bit.
    64 bit REQUIRES 6gb of ram to be as fast as 32 bit. Anything less than 6gb and 64 bit will be SLOW.

    Win7 32 bit drivers for CF19 mk2
    ftp://ftp.panasonic.com/computer/software/19fgh-mk2-7x86.exe
     
  3. ADOR

    ADOR Evil Mad Scientist

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    It was a 64 bit driver pack I got off the fpt server years ago. It was there one day then gone the next. I usually get a mix of drivers to complete a mod like this. Newer make cf19's had 7 from the factory so on the misc and common drivers you can use the newer driver.
     
  4. BaRRmaley

    BaRRmaley Notebook Deity

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    Toughbook 19 mk2, Windows 7 64 bit driver bundle is still there, but you really don't need 64 bit for 3GB RAM.
    Though I can't agree with Shawn about 6GB minimum :)
     
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    Shawn Crackpot Search Ninja and Options Whore

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    Base screws are M2 x 6mm
    GPS screws are M2 x 8mm
    Antennae cover screws are M2.5 x 5mm
    Lid screws are M2 x 4mm
    Hinge screws are M3 x 8mm
    Hinge cover screws are M2 x 4mm
    Hand strap screws M3 x 8mm
    Keyboard holder screws are M2 x 4mm
    Door hinge screws are M2.5 x 3 mm
     
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  6. Karl Klammer

    Karl Klammer Notebook Consultant

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  7. BaRRmaley

    BaRRmaley Notebook Deity

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    Performance of M5-6Y57 is enough for CF-19/20 series users.
    But it's TDU is only 4,5 W vs 2520M's 35W
    So less heat, more battery time. I like it.
     
  8. Karl Klammer

    Karl Klammer Notebook Consultant

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    yeah, very mixed feelings about this. i really wanted to like it due to hdmi.
    lets look at a typical usecase: "upgrading from 19mk5-8 to 20mk1":

    pro
    1- way more pixels and hdmi
    2- 2 or 14 hours more battery life in tablet / laptop mode
    3- 30% thinner and lighter
    4- backlight keyboard for free ... was only available as expensive addon for 19series

    contra
    1- prosumer style instead of recognizeable tank optic
    2- 30+% less drop rating in laptop mode (180->120cm)
    3- 30+% less bright (1200->800)
    5- 30+% slower specs than mk6-8 (mk5 is on par)
    4- less physical screen size due to 4:3 -> 3:2 height loss (dimension. not pixels)
    6- needs handle to function as a laptop
    7- "can't" swap out hdd / no more caddies
    8- many addons limit usage as tablet with attached keyboard
    9- less addons than before ... can't have 3g/lte and ublox
    10- incompatible eco system ... docks, batteries, pcmcia cards, caddies
    11- actually spend money in order to exchange toughness, performance, flexibility for "coolness"? why did you look at cf19/20 in the first place? toughpad and letsnote can probably do that.
    12- every upgrade reduces the possibility space out of which any cf19 (re)continuations might grow
     
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  9. ADOR

    ADOR Evil Mad Scientist

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    I was always hoping the they would do a ATI version of the 19, even if it was a lower end card. Can never have too much go. I got a Mk5 but it looks like I will try to get a Mk7-8 later on just for the improved graphics.
     
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    longknives Newbie

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    I thought I saw some posts regarding compatible external DVD burners for the cf-19 stating that only Pansonic models would work, but I can not recall where I saw that. Can somebody confirm if that is indeed the case? or are there other options?
     
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