CF-29 windows 7.

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  1. boomtown

    boomtown Notebook Consultant

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    Hello. I have "new" 20 hours of total use in the BIOS, CF-29 Mk V.
    The complete model number is: CF-29NTQGZBM.
    So far I changed the HD to 160GB Samsung Spinpoint HM160HC, added 1GB
    memory module Crucial PC2-5300 for the total: 1536MB RAM, changed keyboard to emissive (new) and added microphone from CF-28.
    My intention is to use Windows 7 with this machine. Will it take 64 BIT version
    of Windows 7 Ultimate or do I have to use 32 BIT version? Please don't get mad at me, as I'm shure this was covered. Did anybody made disk with the drivers yet? Thank you, regards, Voytek.
     
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    Stay with a 32 bit version for compatability , 64 is needed if you exceed 4GB of ram, and you will have issues with drivers

    What programs are you planning to run ?




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    Hello Alex. This machine will be mostly used for navigation and systems monitoring on my sailboat. I will be using new Nobeltec VNS 10 nav software,
    PC radar. AC/DC monitor, Yanmar engine monitor and others. All are Win 7
    compatible. Also it will be used for music and movies as well as Skype calls.
    I will ask Teo to install the microphone from CF-28. I will use external GPS.
    By the way, thanks for the board and the disks. Regards, Voytek.
     
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    I have retail version of Windows 7 Ultimate. Have disk for 32 BIT and disk for 64 BIT. Do I make a partition for operating system or just load it on the whole drive? What file system schould I use? Will the 32 BIT version have drivers included, or do I have to download them from Panasonic? Thanks.
     
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    You will use a ntfs file system and for w7 use the whole hard drive
    I have not /will not install w7 on the cf-29's ,but I beleve that you will have to download the Vista upgrade drivers from the panasonic downloads area as per instructions in other threads
    What drivers , I don't have a clue , but look and see what is not working after the w7 install


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    Here is the thread on the CF-29 W7 started by Azrial http://forum.notebookreview.com/panasonic/443786-win7-pro-cf-29-a.html READ it all before you upgrade , trust me you will need to :eek:
    I did have W7 installed on my 29N and messed with it for 3 weeks. One thing was playing a movie, it would freeze up using Media Player and VLC half way into a movie. I just gave up......XP Pro worked great and was fast with NO PROBLEMS. My feelings was I needed the 2GB ram that Azrial had in his to make it work right. Also you will not get the Areo interface on the 29. Download "Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor" , it will give you an idea what you will need to do, what programs you have installed now that will or will not work after the upgrade to W7
    Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor - Download - Microsoft Windows
     
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    Blair

    Did you bother with w7 on your cf-29?



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    Thanks. I think I got all the answers. I will let you know how everything is
    working. Thank you again:) Voytek.
     
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    Alex, I spent hours on it, it installed great and even installed the video drivers a few days later but if I was to spend 2 hours on it surfing the internet it would start freezing up. Could not do nothing at all so I would have to hold the power button on until it shut down. I would use this at the camp watching movies but half way into it, it would slow down and then freeze again. XP run great so it was stupid for me to upgrade to 7......the only big difference is the Areo and you don't have that on the 29 so why upgrade :confused:
    On my CF-30 W7 works great....no problems at all :)
     
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