GPS on Gobi 2000 WWAN card for CF-W8?

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  1. ewezzam

    ewezzam Newbie

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    Hi folks, new guy here, reporting on my attempts to upgrade a new CF-W8EWEZZAM I recently picked up on ebay.

    Thanks to the helpful posts in this forum, I was able to easily swap out the stock hard drive for a Crucial M4, increase memory to 4GB, and install Windows 7 with all necessary drivers. It's a nice little machine (my first Toughbook) and I really like the 4:3 aspect screen. :D

    More to the point, I also added a Sierra Wireless Gobi 2000 module (with dip switch 1-on; 2-off). It was recognized in the bios and under device manager, and once the driver was installed, it works fine with a local GSM SIM card. The GPS aspect however, does not seem to work.

    Can anyone confirm that Panasonic have indeed locked out GPS function on this model (as someone has already suggested in this forum)?

    Are there any (not too radical) modifications that will return the GPS functionality?
     
  2. theoak2

    theoak2 Notebook Evangelist

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    I have the same laptop with a gobi2000 and GPS does work fine. Try Leadtek's Winfast Navigator to test it. But first, look in device manager under "Ports" for a port with NMEA in the title. That is the port number to set in Winfast Navigator. Try a baud rate of 9600. From a cold start, it may take a minute or so, but should pick up green satellites soon. If it does not, then the dip switches may need adjustment. I do not have my CF-W8 here at the moment to check the dip switches, but will post that info when I can.
     
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    ewezzam Newbie

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    Thanks very much theoak2. I followed your suggestions and it worked and returned lat-long coordinates, after a short warm-up phase. There was no need to change the dip switch configuration. :thumbsup:
     
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    richtree Newbie

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    Hey guys,

    I was thinking of doing the same upgrades since i have an extra Windows 7 disk....

    Is it worth the money to upgrade the Hard Drive and Ram like ewezzam did ???

    ewezzam -- could you tell me where and what products you purchased?

    thanks

    I am seriously debating if this is worth upgrading or get a new laptop.....confused....and why the GPS ? ? what is the primary use?

    please add anything you can to help me out

    rich
     
  5. toughasnails

    toughasnails Toughbook Moderator Moderator

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    I have upgraded all my Toughbook's with at least 4GB memory and SSD's. You will see a lot of speed in start-ups and open and close programs...to name a few. For about $100.00 - $130.00 its the best upgrade you can do. Ask anyone and they will tell you the same thing.



    Main use is navigation...point A to point B without getting lost :wink:
     
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    richtree Newbie

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    thanks for quick response...

    could you suggest where and what you purchased for RAM, SSD, and GPS

    thanks again

    rt
     
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    toughasnails Toughbook Moderator Moderator

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    When it comes to SSD's I use Intel 320 , Samsung 830 or Kingston Hyper X. If you keep an eye on ebay you can pickup some good deals on them or check out newegg to see what they have on sale. You max memory is 4GB , DDR2-6400 or DDR2-5300 . Just last month I picked up two 2GB for $30.00 on ebay and also a 160GB SSD for $90.00 .
     
  8. ewezzam

    ewezzam Newbie

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    1. SSD: The single best upgrade for this laptop. But the SATA interface is an old one, so you may not get all the speed benefits that a brand new, state-of-the-art SSD can offer. I already had a Crucial M4 sitting around, so I used that one. But even an older, SATA2 SSD will do fine if TRIM is supported I think . It's a good idea to upgrade to newer OS for TRIM support among other reasons.

    2. RAM: I used Transcend JM667QSU and it has been very stable, but I think that any DDR2 667MHz PC2-5300 laptop memory will do the job.

    3. WWAN: If you travel a lot, it's definitely useful to have 3G speeds on the go. Personally, I haven't found the GPS part to be so useful. I think it is a standalone GPS (not "assisted" or A-GPS) so it takes quite a while to get a fix, and suffers from the usual problems (interference from tree-cover or buildings).

    SSD and RAM from the usual retail outlets depending on your geographic location. WWAN module from ebay (mine cost USD50, but probably available for cheaper if you look around).

    Overall, this laptop has fast become one of my all-time favorites. For basic office tasks, email and web-browsing, the occasional movie, and even some retro-gaming(!) it's a very good machine. The keyboard is a little cramped, it could use a keyboard light, (and an express-card slot rather than cardbus!) but these are minor quibbles.

    Definitely worth upgrading, and you can save yourself lots of $$$ instead of buying a new machine.
     
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    richtree Newbie

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    wow., this is great., can you reccommend which SSD model you used exactly., or one that you feel is best., this is exactly what I needed someone to do ., many thanks

    rt
     
  10. toughasnails

    toughasnails Toughbook Moderator Moderator

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    These are the 3 SSD's I use in all my Toughbooks (10) :thumbsup:
     
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