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CF-19 MK3 with Sierra Wireless MC8780

Discussion in 'Panasonic' started by morganphare, Sep 11, 2012.

  1. morganphare

    morganphare Newbie

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    Hi, I'm new to the forum and any help or advice would be gratefully appreciated. I can see a number of members really know their stuff where toughbooks are concerned.

    I have a CF-19 MK3 which is working with a Qualcomm GOBI 1000 UMTS PCI modem perfectly well. It uses the Panasonic wireless software. I've purchased a Sierra Wireless MC8780 (Europe/UK) which I want to use instead for it's GPS capabilities. I've used these in MK2 CF-19's previously without a hitch. However, the MK3 is proving more difficult.

    The machine is simply not recognizing the MC8780. I've tried the dip switches in the three various recommended positions. The GOBI 1000 works with 1&2 on and 3&4 off. But none have succeeded in finding the MC8780. Both the relevant antenna cables are connected correctly.

    I also have downloaded the latest watcher software and attempted to do firmware upgrade, but again their software isn't recognizing the presence of the MC8780.

    Will this card work in a MK3? Has anyone else succeeded with a similar card other than the standard GOBI 1000? I'd be grateful for any input.
     
  2. extide

    extide Notebook Evangelist

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    Have you installed the drivers? Do you see it in device manager?
     
  3. BaRRmaley

    BaRRmaley Notebook Evangelist

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    1. Check this MC8780 in MK2. I've bought some non-working/glitchy MC8780 cards.
    2. Return it and buy MC8790 - it's much much better. MC8780 is an awful modem/GPS :)
     
  4. morganphare

    morganphare Newbie

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    Yes it is showing in device manager and I have installed the drivers. With reference to it being poor hardware, I've installed a dozen of these previously in MK2's without a hitch and they work fine. Though I don't doubt the MC8790 might be an improvement. Not sure it's the problem here though. Thanks for the input.

    Or how about using a GOBI 2000 modem instead? I believe this has GPS built-in. Has anyone used this with a MK3? I know the MK4 ships with one.
     

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