How to: Install Windows 7 on a CF-18 Mark 3 Touchscreen

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  1. jonlowe

    jonlowe Notebook Geek

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    I just successfully did a clean install of Windows 7 Ultimate on a CF-18 MK2 Touchscreen, model CF-18FHAZXBM, to be exact. All buttons work, the touchscreen works (more about that below), and it is reasonably quick. I took this opportunity when I installed a Transcend 64gb PATA SSD. My CF-18 was miserably slow on a stock install of XP with the original hard drive. I'd upgraded by adding a 1gb stick of RAM for a total of 1.25 gb, but while that helped, it was still very slow, so much so that I purchased a CF-19 Mk2. I always figured that an SSD might help, but after an abortive attempt last year with a faulty Kingspec SSD, I'd given up for the time being. I'm putting this how to together since rcx's original thread was for the digitizer model, and a lot of info on the Touchscreen model was getting lost in the size of his thread.

    I followed the How To for the CF-18 Mk1 by rcx here, and the vast majority of the credit goes to him:

    http://forum.notebookreview.com/panasonic/418424-howto-install-windows-7-cf-18-mk1.html.

    But that procedure assumed a digitizer model, and I have a touchscreen model. The problem is that Windows 7 doesn't recognize the CF-18 Mk3 touchscreen as a touchscreen, but only as a mouse. This appears to be a common problem with older touchscreen computers. As a result, even with the proper drivers installed, the front keyboard, enter, and screen rotation buttons on the front didn't work. Weirdly enough, auto rotation of the screen worked fine when I put it in tablet mode. The problem and the fix turned out to be rather simple and I give others credit in the referenced post for turning me on the the fix, but that post didn't state why the drivers buttons didn't work.

    Part of the problem is that the CF-18 Mk3 touchscreen and touchpad both use a single driver by Fujitsu and are recognized as a single device in the device manager. They are also PS/2 devices and not USB, which Win7 apparently also doesn't like.

    It also turns out that the three buttons involved depend on Windows 7 recognizing the computer as having a Touchscreen. Since Win7 doesn't recognize the CF-18 touchscreen as such, the control panel item for the touchscreen doesn't appear, even though tablet components and button drivers are installed. I figured out how to get the control panel to appear thru a registry edit I found elsewhere, but even that didn't activate the buttons. If WIndows doesn't see a Touchscreen it recognizes, the buttons don't work, period. A real PITA!

    The solution, as alluded to near the end of the thread referenced above, is to install the Wacom digitizer drivers, even though you don't have a digitizer installed!. Once I did that, the buttons all work. The touchscreen still operates as it did under XP, as a mouse, which mean that gestures don't work. But it works as a mouse, tapping and double tapping works, the mode changer in the status bar works, and handwriting works, just as they did under XP.

    Ok, the details.

    0. Do a clean install of Windows 7, preferably with SP1 installed. In my case, the sound worked, as did the wired lan. Go ahead and install all of the Windows updates assuming you have internet through the wired lan. There may be over 100 updates if you don't have a slipstreamed copy of Win 7 to install from. I even found that I could get a decent resolution on my screen by right clicking on the desktop and changing the resolution, which made the rest of the install better. (You still need to install the Intel drivers in the painful manner as outlined in the thread as part of the next step in order to enable screen rotation).

    1. Follow the steps in the first post of http://forum.notebookreview.com/panasonic/418424-howto-install-windows-7-cf-18-mk1.html exactly. I printed out a copy of the directions in the first post, and checked them off as I did each item (also see step 2 below). Follow them to the letter, and restart EVERY time a new driver says to!

    2. I didn't install the Bluetooth drivers as I don't have the stock Bluetooth device installed, nor did I use the stock wireless drivers as I have a Broadcom wireless-n mini PCI card installed (see http://forum.notebookreview.com/panasonic/695784-cheap-dual-band-b-g-n-wlan-upgrade-cf-18-a.html#post8934912 for details. I also didn't install the dock lan driver as I don't have a dock. The Wireless Switch Utility doesn't work with my wireless card, but should on a stock wireless card. Sound worked out of the box, so I didn't need to install a driver for that either.

    3. At this point, everything except for the front three buttons referenced above should all work correctly. It will take several hours to do all of the above in steps 0 and 1. You won't have "Tablet PC Settings" or "Pen and Touch" control panel items at this point. Open the "Mouse" control panel item, and it should have a tab for the Touchscreen. Go ahead and calibrate and test your touchscreen now. This is the control panel item you will use to change settings for both your mouse and your touchscreen. If you don't have a touchscreen tab in the Mouse control panel, you didn't do something right. If your screen doesn't auto rotate when you put it in tablet mode, you didn't do something right! You also shouldn't have any unknown devices in the Device Manager,

    4. Download the Wacom digitizer driver from here: ftp://ftp.wacom-europe.com/pub/WINDOWS/cons508-6_int.exe. This is a slightly different version of the driver mentioned in the thread referenced above, but works fine.

    5. Use the installer and install the Wacom driver you just downloaded. It doesn't check for a digitizer at all. It will take several minutes to install. You don't need to restart your computer!

    6. Test your Keyboard, Enter, and Rotation buttons on the front of your CF-18. They should now work.

    7. You should have three new Control Panel items, the "Tablet PC Settings" and "Pen and Touch" items mentioned above, and another item "Pen Tablet Properties". Ignore the later one as it won't open as you don't have a Wacom digitizer installed. The other two items will open, but they don't control your touchscreen! You CAN use the "Tablet PC Settings" "Button" tab to change what your front buttons do as outlined in the above post. There is no other use for these control panel entries as far as I can tell.

    My CF-18 is now much faster. Windows 7 does a better job of memory management than XP, and handles SSD's better, so it was a definite improvement. It starts up and shuts down much quicker, although startup can still take awhile to settle out, but it is responsive in the meantime. I'm careful not to use memory hogs like Adobe Acrobat Reader, but as long as I am careful with what I load, it is very responsive.

    This SHOULD work with other versions of the CF-18, but specific drivers may vary some. YMMV.

    Enjoy!

    Jon
     
  2. ADOR

    ADOR Evil Mad Scientist

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    What I do for older pc's with 7 is trim the fat. I uninstall adobe reader on everything. Right now I am using Foxit reader with good results. Go to Control panel, programs and features and then look on the left hand side for turn windows features on or off. You can trim some fat off there and kill some un-need processes.

    » Black Viper’s Windows 7 Super Tweaks

    Ultimate Windows Tweaker, a TweakUI for Windows 7 & Vista

    The UWT, ultimate windows tweaker is a program I love and use every reload. It puts lots of the hidden setting in easy reach. This is a tabbed interface and must be ran as administrator. Remember to save each tab before moving to the next tab.

    So far the lowest machines I have put 7 on and got it working fine and could play music while doing other stuff is a EEE pc 900 (900 mhz single core, 1gb ram), CF-T2 1.2 pentium m with 512 ram, CF-U1 Mk1. Soon I will be trying it out on a M34 Mk7.

    Another option is to replace the windows shell with a lighter weight one. Yep do away with explorer.exe and use a alternative for your GUI and it can save some resources.

    List of alternative shells for Windows - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    You can also cut down by doing a custom iso. You pretty much remaster windows 7 install dvd. Most I have seen the iso cut down to is 699mb. It is less than 3.5gb when installed. I think It can be cut down more.

    read up on vlite, RT se7en Lite.

    On xp install I have seen the iso cut down to 98 MB with nlite.
     
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    1517 Notebook Guru

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    Hi all, I installed win 7 pro in my two cf 18 mk 5 and used the post, HOWTO: Install Windows 7 on a CF-18 mk1 , followed it to the letter. interestingly I did not do the registry patch, all my hotkeys and rotate display buttons in the front etc etc worked from the start. I did do a clean full install on brand new drives. the cf 18 is my favorite and other then not as much memory as the cf 19 , I really don't see need to upgrade. But based on bad experience on my cf 30 mk 2 and win 8, I will hold of as long as possible on that hassle.
     
  4. jonlowe

    jonlowe Notebook Geek

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    Are your CF-18s digitizer or Touchscreen versions?

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    brum Newbie

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    Hi Jon,
    did you install Panasonic misc driver I cannot get it to run on CF-18 mk4, Following the steps for CF-18 mk1 in first post as you stated the misc driver is the one I have a problem with.
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  6. jonlowe

    jonlowe Notebook Geek

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    Yes, I installed the misc driver as outlined and in the order in the referenced post.

    Jon

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