CF-VDW07 Wireless Display HOW-TO...

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  1. mnementh

    mnementh Crusty Ol' TinkerDwagon

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    How to get your CF-VDW07 display WORKING.

    I FINALLY got my CF-VDW07M working on my machine, and WITH the Atheros AR5006X Mini-PCI card I have installed. Once I get a second WiFi card installed, I'll have my internet on the machine again... :D
    First, GO HERE:

    http://www.panasonic.ca/English/customercare/customercare.asp

    Click on DOWNLOADS. Click on software, drivers & firmware. Enter CFVDW07 in the Model Number Dialog Box. Click search. This will list ALL available downloads for these displays. Download the following 2 zip files:

    http://www.panasonic.ca/PDP/Software/cfvdw07_firmware_meiwds_upgrade_v200l13.zip

    This is the firmware upgrade for the handheld; it makes it possible to use the meiWDS software listed below:

    http://www.panasonic.ca/PDP/Software/cfvdw07_non_panasonic_meiwds_k-04-224.zip

    This latest version of meiWDS works on many different models, Panasonic and otherwise, including the CF-07.

    Unzip the firmware upgrade file to its own directory; read and understand BOTH the README file and the UpgradeWirelessDisplayV2.doc files BEFORE you begin. There are TWO versions of the firmware updater; one for transflective models, one for high-brightness models. If you use the wrong one, you may turn your handheld INTO A BRICK.

    You need a SERIAL DB9 FEMALE to DB9 FEMALE Crossover or NULL MODEM cable for this; it will have BOTH ends that look like the plug on an OLD SERIAL MOUSE (Look at the serial port on the Handheld to see the one you want to be able to plug into), and it will be wired as seen in the image below. You will need an AC adapter for your CF-VDW07 as well as the one for your laptop.

    At this point, you are ready to upgrade the firmware on the handheld; follow the directions in the UpgradeWirelessDisplayV2.doc file.

    Once you've successfully upgraded the firmware in your handheld as seen in the last panel, it's time to install meiWDS. This is pretty much self explanatory; it will prompt you a couple times, then ask if you want to reboot. Reboot.

    Now that you've got your handheld ready and meiWDS ready, all that remains is to set up the wireless connection. This is where it gets sticky.

    Get this document:

    http://go.notebookreview.com/?id=525X832&url=http://www.nobeltec.com/products/pdf/WND_Manual.pdf

    As before, read it and understand it. (If possible) The steps are as follows; how you do it depends ENTIRELY on YOUR Wireless Client software.
    First, you create a NEW WIFI PROFILE. Name it something easy, like Wireless Display.

    Make it an AD HOC or PEER TO PEER connection. Turn OFF security, Turn OFF LEAP (If present). Set to WIRELESS B ONLY. (This is only to prevent unnecessary interference; it will also work in AUTO mode as well)

    At this point you need to turn on the handheld as shown in the directions; get the necessary SSID as generated by handheld, (cfvdw07-xxxxx) and the necessary IP ADDRESS as generated by handheld. (This will vary according to what class address you use; as we are private users, FCC regs dictate it should be class C)

    Enter the SSID into your new profile. Activate it.
    Go to Network Connections in Device Manager; right click on your WiFi connection, then Properties. (Or whatever route you prefer to get to TCP/IP settings) Click on "Use the following IP address".

    Enter the IP ADDRESS & SUBNET MASK given by your handheld. DO NOT enter anything for DNS Server. Click OK.

    Left-click on the meiWDS icon in your SysTray; click on Password in the resultant dialog box. Enter password collected from Setup screen of handheld. (Default is "wdsp" )

    At this point, you SHOULD be able to click on CONNECT at the bottom of the Network Settings window on your handheld, and it should try to connect. It will show as "CONNECTING to xxx.xx.xxx.xxx" (depending on the IP address of your PC) then "Receiving initial Screen". Then... WAHEY! CONNECTION!

    If, like me, it shows "ASSOCIATED" at bottom of GENERAL tab in Menu screen but eventually times out saying "Failed to initialize session", don't FREAK. This REALLY IS A GOOD THING. It means the WiFi connection is there, it's just being blocked. :swoon:

    If you have Norton, McAfee, Trend, AVG, or any other AntiVirus/Spyware suite running, try disabling it. If you have Windows Firewall turned on, try disabling it. If EITHER of these work, YAY! you're ALMOST THERE!

    If your fault was Windows Firewall, (as mine was) click on the "Exceptions" tab, and add an exception for TCP Port 11900. Click OK, then OK. Make sure the "Allow Exceptions" box is ticked ON. Close Windows Firewall. Things should now work JUST AS THEY DID with Windows Firewall turned off.

    YAY! You're DONE!

    If it was with another Internet Security program that was your problem, don't fret. You should be able to create an exception in them for meiWDS, and/or TCP Port 11900.

    Now that you have a handle on how to get hooked up on a simple peer to peer connection, you may want to experiment with the INFRASTRUCTURE MODE Connection. Remember, you will have to have a dedicated WAP unless you wish to flashback to the "Rocks & Spears Security" of the stone age of wireless connectivity. :elvis:

    Also, now that you have a connection to the handheld you can use the WdspSU utility (Installed in your Programs Menu with meiWDS) to change the IP addresses as you see fit for your own networking strategy, plus you can enable the rudimentary security available on Wireless B.

    Also, see these threads for our collected tinkering on this subject:

    http://forum.notebookreview.com/showthread.php?t=340232

    http://forum.notebookreview.com/showthread.php?t=351591

    http://forum.notebookreview.com/showthread.php?t=426734


    All right, you maniacs!
    Take what I've collected here AND GET REMOTIN'! :radar:

    Oh... and BTW - an extra special THANKS to rcx for the last piece of the puzzle!

    mnem
    WiFi? WhyNotFi?
     

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    Alex Super Moderator

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    That was easy now, wasn’t it :eek:


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  3. mnementh

    mnementh Crusty Ol' TinkerDwagon

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    Dewed...

    I KNEW it had to be something STUPID... I could SEE the two machines talking.

    It was like watching the semi-pretty girl at the end of the bar talkin' to that semi-ugly guy... you KNOW she's 88% gonna go with him cuz it's quarter to last call and she hasn't had any action in weeks... but she's still looking for an excuse to appease that last shred of dignity; just say ANYTHING wrong so she can go storming out the door...

    mnem
    And, as always, it's the documentatin' that kicks yer arse...
     
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    Toughbook Drop and Give Me 20!

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    Mnem... thanks! Now... When I buy one of these... I won't bug everyone with questions!
     
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    capt.dogfish The Curmudgeon

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    MNEM,
    You are without a doubt the best. I have probably spent 10 hours on the phone with Panasonic support and endless emails. Along comes the dragon and figures it out! I was getting really sick of the "failed to connect" message, like you I knew the two machines were at least on speaking terms.
    You have also saved my pride, I know my display is not transflective, I didn't know they made one. Mine is a high bright and is about as bright as a good CF-29, thus my 500nit assumption.
    Thanks again and tell RCX thanks as well
    CAP
    About to spend half a day with his remote display.
     
  6. mnementh

    mnementh Crusty Ol' TinkerDwagon

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    Cap'n -

    You are MOST WELCOME. I've been tinkering on this for so long... Ahhh. Now If I could just get one of those high-bright models to play with...

    rcx has a SPECIAL THANKS at the bottom of my FAQ; as well as rep from a grateful dwagon. >~~~(;

    The new meiWDS seems to work GREAT, though a few caveats with my system.

    First - as I feared due to it being transflective, indoors the contrast is pretty weak and I've not found a means of adjusting it. I may have to tear it apart and see if there's a trimpot or somesuch.

    2nd - meiWDS changes your desktop to 800x600 resolution. It is really cool in that it DOES change it back when you turn off the handheld, but if (like me) you keep your icons on your desktop in a certain pattern... well, it's gonna mess them up.

    3rd - The backlight REALLY SUCKS BATTERY. About 1/2 to 1/3 the life as running with it off.

    mnem <~~~ PORTABLE ~~~<<<
     
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    Toughbook Drop and Give Me 20!

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    Dumb question time... (And forgive me if you stated it elsewhere)

    They make two models... Transflective and transmissive. Are the screens and resolution the same? Does the transflective suffer from the same washed out colors the CF-28 does?

    Just curious...

    Cap... Glad to see you back!
     
  8. mnementh

    mnementh Crusty Ol' TinkerDwagon

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    Rick -

    Yeah, the contrast and color are poor to fair at best on mine; I mentioned above that I wanted to try and find a way to adjust the contrast. Cap'n compared his favorably to the display on a CF-29, so...

    The meiWDS software is the SAME for both Transflective and Hi-Brightness models; I don't believe the CF-VDW07 has a model that is higher res than 800x600. You probably need to get into a newer, larger model for that.

    mnem
    p-coughhhh... Bleahhh. Still sick dwagon go blarfff...
     
  9. Springfield

    Springfield Notebook Deity

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    Here's a fun twist: software keyboard for all

    Got my CF-VDW07 working tonight and quickly realized that, just like with the tablet models, there are times this little bugger really needs an on-screen keyboard. Although Panny provides a "software keyboard" driver for the CF-07 brick and CF-18&19 tablets, those will not install on the CF-28 I'm using to host the wireless display. Solution? .... (drum roll please) ..... Simple! Just copy the files in the C:\prog files\Pany\MEISKB from my CF-18 over to the CF-28 :p

    Then right-click the executable meiskb.exe and select Pin on Start menu, and Voila! ;)
     
  10. tough-2-go

    tough-2-go Notebook Deity

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    FYI there is also a software keyboard that comes standard with win2000/XP it is called osk.exe
     
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