CF-29 Toughbook : Can I downgrade from XP to Win98SE?

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  1. MarkH27

    MarkH27 Newbie

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    Hello,

    I am new to the site and signed up to ask two questions. I may be purchasing a Panasonic CF-29 Toughbook that currently has XP loaded onto it. If I buy it I will downgrade the operating system to WIN98SE. If you are wondering why I am doing this downgrade, it is because I have one software/hardware that can ONLY be run properly on WIN98SE. The purpose of this laptop will be to run this one piece of software/hardware (its eprom burner/reader software/hardware....I didn't build it so I dont know why it can only be run on win98se)

    Here are the specs of the toughbook I may be buying: Intel 1.6GHz, 1.25GB ram and 80Gb drive. Windows XP and Office 2007.

    I have two questions:

    1st question: Can this CF 29 be wiped clean and have WIN98SE loaded onto it and not lose any of its capabilities that it has with XP (I.e. wifi; usb; etc)? It is a CF 29 but there is more to the model number on the underside sticker which may be important and the seller will be sending me that info this evening. When I get it, I will post it here. I just don't want to buy this laptop, remove xp then go to load win98se and it doesnt load....now I have a door stop. The laptop is useless to me UNLESS it can run win98se. The guy is local and the price is decent considering its age and all.

    2nd question: I have a win98se disc I am going to load onto the laptop but its a disc I used in the past to load onto a different laptop. Can I use this same disc to load or do I need to buy an unopened, "new". never loaded, copy of win98se? I do not have a key for it.

    Thank you for your time to read this and hope to hear from someone today or by tomorrow afternoon. I am supposed to be meeting the seller around 7pm 11-1-19 to make the purchase.

    Mark
     
  2. Michael AU

    Michael AU Notebook Guru

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    I run FreeDOS on one of mine, because of this I know it can run MS-DOS 6.22 and can most probably run 98SE however do not take this as gospel truth. If I were you and you had your heart set on a CF-29 I'd get another caddy with a HDD in it so you can swap the drive over and install 98SE on the spare drive.

    What software/hardware are you burning eproms with?
     
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  3. UNCNDL1

    UNCNDL1 Notebook Deity

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    If she's truly coming with 1.25 GB RAM, you will be one of the few to upgrade to 2.25 GB.
    http://forum.notebookreview.com/threads/the-cf-29-f-a-q-read-me-before-posting.241106/
    Read down to the RAM section of this link for information...
    Note, many of the links in the above posting cited do NOT work, however the information is valid.
    Cheers
    Some other information to consider:
    https://msfn.org/board/topic/174297-windows-98se-fresh-install/
    Certainly an older unit such as CF-27/CF28 will work.
     
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  4. MarkH27

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    The full model number is CF-29E4KGZKM
     
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    evenflow153 Notebook Evangelist

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    I am well good at 28s. You can ask me anything for installing 2000.
     
  6. SHEEPMAN!

    SHEEPMAN! Freelance

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    CF-29 MK 2
    1.3 Ghz
    Max ram 256 + 1024


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  7. MarkH27

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    i need one with win98se.
     
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    UNCNDL1 Notebook Deity

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    Wondering if you went ahead and bought the computer?
    If you did get it, congratulations! You'll want to consider getting an extra hard drive caddy (and another hard drive).
    There might even be a method of loading linux on her and using a program such as wine to get your program running for your project. Sheepman (above) is a great resource for that and there are others here as well.
    Please report back and ask your questions.
    Best regards
     
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    not yet ..i was supposed to buy it last night but im hesitant to do it because it still isn't clear to me if i can downgrade it to win98se. I'd hate to buy it..wipe xp off it then cant load 98se. Then id had a door stop. It doesnt come with any xp software to reload back onto it if 98se doesnt load.

    if i knew for absolutely sure i could do the swap id buy it but all the people i spoke to and replies ive gotten in threads i created besides this one, i have not gotten a clear, direct answer. Everything is pretty much falls into the "Welllllllll...hhhmmm...maybe." category haha.
     
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