CF-VDL02 Service Manual w schematic?

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  1. 9nine9

    9nine9 Notebook Geek

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    Anyone have (or know where to find) a service manual for a CF-VDL02? I'd especially like to find one with the schematic.

    I'm having issues with the audio circuit in mine, And I'd like to find a schematic to do a bit more troubleshooting before I replace the amplifier chip. (its a 24 pin TSSOP for those familiar with surface-mount work)

    Thanks

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    I have the complete series... PM me your email address and I'll ship it off to you. It's a little under 4MB in size...

    I was going to put up a download link but can't get it to work correctly...
     
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    One slightly off-topic Q for Rick - if circuit schematics for things like this are available in the public domain, why not OS restore disk images for TB's? I'm pretty amazed that for models which are no longer current, there is such an incredibly vehement reaction whenever someone talks about that issue. It's almost like its a taboo subject!

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    Well... Like I posted in the "Must Read" sticky... It is almost taboo. That is because with the recovery disks you don't have to enter the COA. It is similar to other PCs in that the BIOS will address the CD or DVD and then, if it knows that it is the correct Recovery Disk and that the PC was built to accept it, it will install the OS with all the drivers.

    The manuals are part of the public domain... Win XP Pro is not as it is usually sold along with the COA. Likewise the Recovery Disks are sold along with the laptop. If you lose the Recovery Disks you can call Heartland and pay for an extra copy as you have (Or should have) the COA on the bottom of the laptop.

    The problem is that people start to talk about copying copyrighted software. This is just something that we want to avoid. Or anything resembling it. If you have any questions either post here or PM me directly.
     
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    Its OK here to tinker and mod here, in fact its encouraged, so the manuals are sort of a grey area

    But it is a hard and fast rule from the site admins here that we do not talk of copying software
    The mods are always watching us:wideeyed:

    First time might result in a warning from a moderator and the post would be closed to further discussion
    Continued talk would result in a forum ban to the poster

    We do have a PM system available, anything that might be questionable can be asked that way

    The regulars here are quite responsive, so if you have something to ask that is questionable, just pm one of us , we have a way of finding “impossible to find stuff”


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    Rob Toughbook Aficionado

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    Some of us have an archive/database of it all too :D...

    9nine9, you have been PM'ed :)
     
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    Blah... I messed something up... double post, sorry...
     
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    Ok hmmm the Microsoft-sponsored anti-piracy lobby at work. Will just leave that one alone then. Very against the policy personally as it completely anti-enthusiast.

    Since Heartland won't sell outside the USA (or Canada?) apparently, they're not much use to those of us not in north america. Good resource for USA though I suppose. Perhaps one reason there are more people outside the US who prefer Linux (which is completely free and has no COA-binding like Windows does) instead of Windows on these sort of systems.

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    Craig, That too has been a source of no little discussion here, ask Rob:mad: I took some law in College and I believe Panasonic was out of line coming down on Rob. If information is in the public domain, sharing it is absolutely legal. There would be no libraries if that were not so. The vast majority of Panasonic's literature is available on line from their download sites. Proprietary information, such as schematics and service manuals is a gray area. If Panasonic supplies that literature to dealers with a provision that they not make it public, it should not be released to the public. Panasonic's problem is that they have to prove you obtained the stuff illegally, and their gripe is still technically with your source. Further, if you are not selling the stuff but sharing it for free, like a library does, they have even less standing in a Copyright infringement case. If a Panasonic dealer goes out of business and you buy all of their manuals etc at auction and then post the stuff on your web site for free, where's the crime? "Selling" is the critical point here.
    I think Rob would have won against Panasonic, but the chances of an individual surviving a full blown legal attack by a company with the resources of Panasonic would be very slim. Discretion is the better part of valor and Rob was right to comply with Panasonic's demand, churlish (that word again) and unwise as it was.
    CAP
     
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    I think the problem that Rob had (Rob... Correct me if I m wrong) is that he got the info, who got the info, who got the info from Panny... And it looked a little too much like they way they POSTED it on their site. So it wasn't so much with what was posted but HOW it was posted. At least that is what I took away.

    The schematics can be found all over the place... If you look. Then there are other sites (Non Panny) that also sell them. I would think Panny would go after them but there are a lot of them and maybe some of them are licensed. I don't know.

    The funny thing... I remember when I booted my first 1GHz CF-28... It has a splash screen for about 1/10th of a second. It said something about YOU BETTER NOT TRY TO MODIFY THIS LAPTOP... Or words to that effect. I just laughed... As I tore into it.
     
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