CF-54 Faq

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    Update - fyi: my CF-54 is a CF-54E8901KM Performance model.

    It shipped with 8GB memory. Thankfully that was a single stick and the second slot was open, I dropped in another Crucial 8GB (Single DDR3L 1600 MT/s (PC3L-12800) SODIMM 204-Pin Laptop Memory CT102464BF160B) and for $50 bumped it to 16gb - awesome.

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    It shipped with an HGST Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630 500GB 7200 rpm drive. Like the previous pictures showed there's an NGFF M.2 slot that's open (under a thin strip of insulator with "On Bord Drive" stamped on it). I popped a Samsung 850 EVO 500GB M.2 SSD with SATA III interface (MZ-N5E500BW) in it and the machine recognized it and it worked fine as a secondary drive.

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    One note - the SSD has a half-hole at the non-connector end of the card (left side of the picture) where it should be screwed down. The drive didn't come with the screw and the laptop didn't have one in the hole, so I'm currently running without one. The card does want to "pop up" at the end but with the flap down and over it and sealed up, it seems snug enough for now. So far, so good.

    Note that I have NVME drives in my HP workstations and, by comparison, the EVO is clearly limited here by the SATA interface. However it's lightning fast compared to the Travelstar.

    I've cloned the HGST to the EVO and want to boot to it but, unfortunately, the BIOS boot options only have a single native "boot to hard disk" option which apparently is only to the Travelstar. The BIOS Exit Settings does have a "boot override" which does show the EVO and I can manually boot to it, but that isn't save'able - meaning you have to select it manually on each reboot. At this point that's what I'm doing.

    The BIOS does support UEFI which isn't currently installed. I'm thinking about going that route because I'm pretty sure with it I can get it to boot to the EVO and be good. Stay tuned...

    ...and, just like that - solved!

    In the BIOS boot options, under the boot order which listed the "boot from hard drive" as the only option (and was only booting from the HGST drive), is another option, the "Primary Boot Drive" where you can select the "Quick Release Drive" or the "On Board Drive". I selected the On Board Drive and, viola, that's the EVO card that I added to the On Board Drive slot above.

    It's now booting from the EVO card - awesome! fyi: after changing the bios boot mode to fast the unit fully boots to a the win7 64bit in about 10 secs total. Excellent!
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    PCB of an M.2 module provides a 75-position edge connector; depending on the type of module, certain pin positions are removed to present one or more keying notches. Host-side M.2 connectors (sockets) may populate one or more mating key positions, determining the type of modules accepted by the host; as of April 2014, host-side connectors are available with only one mating key position populated (either B or M). Furthermore, M.2 sockets keyed to support SATA or two PCI Express lanes (PCIe ×2) are referred to as "socket 2 configuration" or "socket 2", while the sockets keyed for four PCI Express lanes (PCIe ×4) are referred to as "socket 3 configuration" or "socket 3".

    For example, M.2 modules with two notches in B and M positions use up to two PCI Express lanes and provide broader compatibility at the same time, while the M.2 modules with only one notch in the M position use up to four PCI Express lanes; both examples also support SATA storage devices. Similar keying applies to M.2 modules that utilize provided USB 3.0 connectivity

    This article explains it all very well

    http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2015/02/ ... -next-ssd/

    All current keys can give cards access to two PCI Express lanes, but otherwise interface compatibility is all over the place—so far, it's been pretty easy to guess what kind of peripheral you're dealing with based on the key it uses. Wi-Fi and WWAN cards tend to use keys A and/or E, since they only need the PCI Express or USB 2.0 buses and only need 30mm in length to fit all their key components. SATA SSDs and SSDs that use two PCI Express lanes tend to use keys B and M to maximize compatibility, since both connectors can deliver both SATA III and two PCIe lanes. The very fastest SSDs tend to be M-keyed since it's the only one that delivers four PCIe lanes.

    The key system isn't always foolproof—our A- and E-keyed Wi-Fi module will physically fit into the B-keyed SSD slot even though the computer won't recognize it there. M.2 is certainly more confusing than the mPCIe and mSATA specs, but in the end it's more flexible. Components can access many different buses through one small internal connector, and you've got a lot of different physical card sizes to play with instead of being tied to either a "full-height" or "half-height" card.


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    Question: What wifi card can be added to a CF54? Or, lacking that, does anyone have the model info or, better yet, a good pic of the actual wifi card from a CF54? I'd like to see both the label for tech details as well as the card and it's actual connector.

    Details:
    When I got my CF-54E8901KM Performance model I never bothered to check whether it had wireless or not (I know, facepalm). was way more interested in the screen, storage, mem, etc. I just figured it did, but alas - my specific model doesn't. Thankfully it has onboard LAN and I've got a crappy USB wifi dongle that I'm using in the interim...

    Unfortunately, the wifi card itself isn't listed as an "option" for a CF54, rather you pick a model that has or doesn't have it and then option mem/drive/etc. from there. So, I can't seem to find anyone who sells just the card as an accessory - @#$%!

    The specs for the CF54 lists the wifi as an "Intel® Dual Band Wireless-AC 8260 802.11a/b/g/n/ac". When I had my unit open for the SSD upgrade, there are 2 slots where I think the wifi card would go. I ~think~ one is for the LTE/GPS card and the other is for the WiFi:

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    Usually Panasonic uses the black and white wires for the WIFI antennas.
    I would doubt that they changed the color scheme.

    Yes the newer cards combine WIFI and Bluetooth.

    Measure the inside of the connectors.
    22mm means it is a NGFF (M.2) slot for the Intel 8260 size card
    30mm means it is Mini PCIE slot for the Intel 7260 size card
    Don't worry about the second slot on the 8260 card. That is just for use in 2 different types of connectors.
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    The card on the right is the NGFF //Intel 8260 size card-- 22mm
    The card on the left is the Intel 7260 size card.--30mm

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    Upon further examination of your photos, you need the Intel 8260 card.
    Notice the hold down screw.
    The 7260 has places for a screw on each size.
    The 8260 has a place for one screw in the center.

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    CF 54 keyboard

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    I copied a couple of the most informative posts.
     
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