How to Load Windows 7 on a CF-30 MK1 Model

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  1. Toughbook

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    How to load Windows 7 on your CF-30 MK1 Toughbook

    UPDATED ON 3/18/12

    I know that there is another thread out there about this but I htought I would do this write-up about my experience for others. Feel free to add on or correct and we'll sticky it somewhere... Perhaps Creating a W7 Stick for all models... As I noticed there are several already floating around for various models.

    First (obviously) back-up all of your important data that you will want to transfer.

    Second… You will want to update your BIOS (if it isn’t already) to CF-30, MK1 Vista. You want this BIOS version...

    BIOS v1.01L20 Embedded V1.10L11

    Get it HERE! (As a matter of fact, get ALL your drivers here. You want drivers for an MK1 running Vista EXCEPT the touchpad! (See below!)

    CF-30s came with either the XP downgrade BIOS or the MS Vista BIOS running Vista. Upgrade to the Vista BIOS. Download the PDF from Panasonic to specifically tell you how to do this. If you decide at a later time to go back to XP… You can always reflash to downgrade again to XP Pro.

    The BIOS is easy to flash. I would flash it BEFORE you attempt to install W7... When you still have XP installed. If not, flash it first thing after installing W7!

    Once you have flashed the BIOS to Vista you need to go into the BIOS and disable GPS is you have it installed. If you forget to do this you may immediately see the jumping mouse cursor and you won’t be able to click on anything. If this happens... Exit the installation, reboot going into the BIOS and disable it. I disabled everything just to make sure that I would not have any issues when loading W7. Then I went in and turned them on as needed to load the item. However, I think GPS is the only thing you need to worry about. Leave the GPS turned off until further notice as the GPS Registry driver MUST be installed with the GPS disabled in the BIOS.

    Once you load W7 and get it to boot up you can either find the zipped files on Rob’s site or you can have them pre-downloaded. You want all the drivers for a CF-30, MK1 that runs Vista…. You want all the VISTA files NOT XP Pro. The ONLY exception is for the TouchPAD driver.... Dowload the MK3(K/L) Windows 7 driver from Panasonic's site HERE! As a matter of fact... You can get ALL drivers from here... It will just take you some time to download if you don;t get the whole thing in one zipped file from Rob's site.

    Look on Intel's site to get the latest chipset driver! The video driver in W7 is a more modern version than what Panasonic offers…. So there is no need for that file either. So… I installed everything the following way and order;

    1. Sound driver – Unpack it, go into C:/Uti2/Drivers/Sound and click on the setup file. Reboot

    2. Hotkey driver – This needs to be installed via Device Manager and should be the bottom of the “Unknown Drivers” that show in Device Manager. You unpack the Hotkey driver to C:/Util2/Drivers/Hotkey… Then update the 2nd “Unknown Device” (At least it as on mine) Reboot

    3. Unpack the Hotkey Appendix and then go to C:/Util2/hkeyapp and run the setup… Reboot

    4. Unpack Hotkey Settings and then go to C:/Util2/hkeyset and run setup… reboot

    5. DOWNLOAD and unpack the touchpad driver for a CF-30(K/L) MK3 touchpad driver. This should be the ONLY driver that you will need that is not specifically for an MK1 running Vista as all the prior drivers have been for the MK1, only for Vista instead of XP Pro!

    6. Unpack the Touchscreen driver. It will tell you that you are going to unpack it to C:/Util2/Drivers/tscreen…. Let it go. Run the setup. Now comes the calibration. If you go into device manager you will see several items pertaining to touchscreen… “Pen & Touch”… “Calibration”… AVOID THESE FOR NOW! Go into “Tablet PC Settings and choose to calibrate there. If you calibrate any other way, at least in my experience, the calibration will either be WAY off… Or will not take upon a reboot. The calibration is different than what you are used to… There are no red crosses… There are four sets of black ones in each corner but the process is the same. Tap the center gently and only momentarily and move to the next highlighted cross. There should be 16 in total… This is a MUCH better calibration method than Panny’s. I think this is native to W7 but am not sure at this point… I have only now started to play around with the additional options.

    7. Install your WLAN driver. If it is Intel… Make sure that you go to Intel’s site to get the latest for your model. I am running a Ubiquiti ABGN card so I installed that for me.

    8. Unpack the GPS Fix to C:/Util2/Drivers/GPS and then go into that directory and click on the only file there. It is a Registry Entry that need to fix the Serial Ballpoint issues so you won’t have the jumping cursor. NOW… Reboot, F2 at boot-up and set your GPS to auto. You should now have full functionality of your GPS on COM3. (At least on mine it is!)

    9. Unpack and Common Driver to C:/Util2/pcommon and run setup and reboot.

    10. Go to Toshiba's website to find the most recent BT Stack for your Toughbook and install that.

    10A. Unpack and install the Misc Driver. A lot of the drivers that follow this will NOT load unless you install the misc driver FIRST!

    11. Unpack and install Handwriting App as described above

    12. Install the Battery Recalibration (Brecal) as described above.

    13. Install DMI as described…

    14. Install PC Info as described…

    15. I have tried to install the Loupe utility without success…. But I tried it on my old setup and not this one. If you feel the need (I never used it myself) to install it and get it working… Post back and I’ll include it here.

    The only thing that shows on mine as not set up is the Pseudo Tunneling Device or some such thing that I don't really need. I just disabled it. If anyone has more info on this... Please let me know. (I think this was the fingerprint scanner on my original CF-30!)

    As of this time I cannot get my fingerprint scanner to work. I think it is because I originally installed the incorrect software for it and now am having a devil of a time getting rid of all the old files. The new (hopefully correct) program that I have will not install until I remove the old one and the old one won’t remove few of the DLL files… So I’ll need to go in manually at some point… But I never use my fingerprint reader anyway as it is so much of a hassle. So it is low priority for me now.

    That’s about it… If anyone has any questions… Please let me know. This setup works 100% for me.

    I can say that the touchscreen calibration tool under Tablet PC Settings allows me to calibrate this touchscreen so much more precisely than ever before… But it does act differently… You’ll see. There is also a pull-out from the side that you can enable any time you want to use handwriting or onscreen keyboard. There are also gestures that you can set up… Flicks they call them…. So you can just flick your screen instead of using the slider bar on the side or the up/down arrows.

    All in all… Pretty cool and I’m loving it so far.

    Rick

    Finger Print Reader info ...Post #115
     
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    Rick the Bluetooth program is not from Panasonic so they will have to get it from Robs download.

    I'm not sure how much stuff you have installed after the finger print reader but the windows 7 system restore works allot better than XP. It might fix your problem if you can roll back. It might just be me, but it seems that windows 7 is allot harder to change and erases files. I don't have one to work with.




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    Yeah... Windows 7 is a pain in some regards. They seem to have made it more idiot proof and taken away the easy access to the files that knowledgeable users tend to use... Though I am learning where they all are.
     
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    does this principle apply to mk3? or is there a different procedure?

    cheers
    keith
     
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    Keith,

    Welcome to the forum!

    The MK3 already has W7 support... So you just need to follow the links in the stickies to get to the right Panasonic site HERE! Register for free and then... Look up your model and download the needed drivers. I WOULD start with the Inf, then video, then sound then the rest on the list as posted. The MK3 (At least some versions) have W7 support.
     
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    I have installed Windows 7 on my CF-30 MK3 and it works perfectly. I will qualify that by saying I installed the X64 (64 bit) version of Windows 7 Professional. Some of the drivers furnished by Panasonic will not work properly or even install as they are the 32 bit versions. NO BIG DEAL. First, the touchpad driver will not work. No sweat as the native win 7 driver works just fine. The touchpad comes up as a USB Mouse. The video driver will not install. Again, 32 bit version. The native win 7 driver works in all aspects as far as I can tell. The first time you run Windows Update, it will grab the 64 bit version of the Intel graphics driver and install it. The touchscreen will also work just fine in the tablet PC mode. Actually, I think it is much better than before and as previous noted in Toughbook's post it is much more accurate. I noticed a slight delay in the touchscreen reaction with the 32 bit version but none with the 64 bit version. You will find you now have the Tablet PC functions available. A bit odd I must say never having played with that before.

    Two FYIs here. First, in the MK3 the processor is the SL9300 which is a 64 bit processor. I have had no problems running the 64 bit version of Windows 7.

    Second, the "Pseudo Tunneling Device" mentioned above is actually the "Teredo Pseudo Tunneling Device". It is used with IPv6 and is needed if you want to use the Homegroup feature of Windows 7. The driver for this is normally installed when you install the drivers for the WLAN or WWAN.
     
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    Rusty... Thanks for the info on the tunneling device. Lot's of info and references about it on the web but none as concise as you put it ... Thanks!

    I disabled Homegroup as I needed to network my Win XP stations together and Homegroup was getting int the way.... At least for me. As soon as I disabled and rebooted... I found all my network and printers...
     
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    Rick, can you post this as a sticky on my site as well under the CF-30 discussion?

    Thanks man!

    P.S, not that you're wrong but wouldn't it just be easier to have people download the big ZIP file from my website for the drivers so that they can get ALL the CORRECT ones at the exact same time instead of hunting for a bunch on Pany's site?

    ~Rob - bowing down to Ricks almighty write up's~
     
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    Rob... I just did... But for some reason the thread was/is locked....

    EDIT - Nevermind... I just unlocked it.
     
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    I locked it because I don't want anyone to add a ton of comments and bloat it up... if something needs to be changed then they can PM me or you...
     
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