CF-27, CF-28, CF-29 CD to DVD Swap Tutorial-Lots of Pictures!

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  1. Modly

    Modly Warranty Voider

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    Keep an eye out on eBay. I've seen them go as low as $40.
     
  2. Toughbook

    Toughbook Drop and Give Me 20!

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    Yes... You need a CD or DVD caddy. The CD caddies are obviously cheaper and can go for $40 to $100... The DVDs go from $70 to $130. Since the caddy is the same in both cases and since you are going to replace it anyway... Get the cheaper one!
     
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    Rob Toughbook Aficionado

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    What specific errors are you referring to on boot?. when i had my CF-29,i just bought a caddy and put a dvd burner into it... no problems at all (booted fine, could boot from it ect...), except for the fact that i accidently only bought a + burner and not a +/- one... so i upgraded the firmware on the drive so i could do - dvd's, and in the process i broke the ability to boot off the drive, which didn't madder as i always use RIS server to load the laptops with xp. it was my fault for not paying attention when i bought the bare dvd burner drive off ebay to get a +/- one.
     
  4. Toughbook

    Toughbook Drop and Give Me 20!

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    You must have bought that 1% drive that works in the caddy without mods... What drive did you buy? Most are cable select... Which won't work in the caddy without this mod. If you bought one that is Master from the factory it will work without the mod.
     
  5. kusa

    kusa Notebook Consultant

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    I did this same conversion minus the bridge. My machine recognizes the dvd and functions but boots veerrrryyyy ssslllooowwwwwww! And will not boot from cd when installing an OS. So this bridge will take care of all that?
     
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    Great doc TB...Thanks, you're right now one is needed for the GPS ( I dont have all my parts yet)

    I see we share the appreciation for a fine watch too ;)

    Semper Fi
    Glen
     
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    GlenB Notebook Consultant

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    Gee, what a coinkidink....right after the tutorial, cdrom's go up to $100 on e-bay.... :mad:
     
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    KUSA... Yes... Connecting R2 should solve the slow boot time.

    Glen... Yes... I've had it for years. Two tone Submariner
     
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    Just finished bridging the points. Worked like a charm...no more sllloooww boot up.

    Thanks!
     
  10. peewee3ie

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    Thank you.

    This Hack the best one I have come across so far for the thoughbook cf27 :) :) :) :) :)
     
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