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

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  1. ADOR

    ADOR Evil Mad Scientist

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    I went back and looked on the Mk1's (the oldest 29 models) and seen windows 2000 and XP as the only two options from the factory. You will need to cross reference the hardware on the Model or Mark of the machine you want with comparable drivers for windows 98 even if it's not a toughbook driver. Going though several panasonic websites I couldn't find any 98 drivers. Even pulling up the CF-28 and 07 toughbooks I could only locate windows 2000 as the oldest drivers they had.

    On booting from a external drive. In newer windows operating systems XP forward you can install to a external hard drive but you can't boot from it as one of the start up routines is to turn off all usb devices and then turn back on. Effectively killing the boot process. Their are work around for it. I don't have a lot of experience with 98 so I am not sure if it does that or not.

    Best to get another hard drive caddy. OR get a cd drive caddy and put it into a extra CD drive case once you have 98 already loaded onto a hard drive to boot from that. Keeping your original XP install intact.
     
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  2. Wyoming88!

    Wyoming88! Notebook Evangelist

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    If it doesn’t work(most defiantly) just stick with tried and true XP.
     
  3. MarkH27

    MarkH27 Notebook Enthusiast

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    I went ahead and bought it. I wont downgrade to 98 from xp...i scooped it up because it was cheap and in immaculate condition. I dont think the floppy works though. I installed multiple floppies and its asking to format it (only option is FAT) and im saying yes but it cant format the floppys. They have content on them but so what. Even chosing to make a msdos boot disk isnt working.

    Oh..and now that i have it, im.not a fan of the keyboard at all. Oh well.
     
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  4. Wyoming88!

    Wyoming88! Notebook Evangelist

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    Is it black with rubbery keys?
     
  5. MarkH27

    MarkH27 Notebook Enthusiast

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    Yep....are not all cf-29's equiped with the black rubbery key cover?
     
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  6. mklym

    mklym Notebook Evangelist

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    No. Some have backlit chicklet and some have chicklet with no backlighting as well as the rubber backlit.

    Put the unit up for sale in the Panasonic buy/sell. If I lived in the US I would buy it from you, but shipping and exchange and duty would make it too expensive.

    Selling this unit that you do not want will give you funds towards a unit off ebay that comes with w98 and can run your burner.

    Options are good.
     
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  7. UNCNDL1

    UNCNDL1 Notebook Deity

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    Keyboard easy to change and readily available


    Sent from my CF-M34
     
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  8. MarkH27

    MarkH27 Notebook Enthusiast

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    Oh really?? Can u please send me a link? I just posted it for sale in this thread but if i can replace the keyboard id consider keeping it.
     
  9. safn1949

    safn1949 I'm sure I'm on the wrong planet

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    Its real easy, black strip at the top,remove. Keyboard slides up.

    Silver cover under,remove and unlock keyboard ribbon. That's it.
     
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    safn1949 I'm sure I'm on the wrong planet

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