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Is there a guide on how to disassemble a CF-74?

Discussion in 'Panasonic' started by BlackSheep5, Jun 16, 2009.

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  1. BlackSheep5

    BlackSheep5 Notebook Consultant

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    As the title describes, is there a guide with pictures, step by step on how to disassemble a CF-74 for a processor upgrade?

    I did a quick search but didn't find any thing here.
     
  2. Toughbook

    Toughbook Drop and Give Me 20!

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    Yeah.. It's called a Service Manual... PM me your email address and I'll send it to you. Do you need schematics and board diagrams too?
     
  3. Doobi

    Doobi ToughBook DeityInTraining

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    Hey Boss, he is looking to do a processor upgrade. Is that even possible in a 74? I was under the impression all toughbooks had their CPU's soldered to the board?
     
  4. BlackSheep5

    BlackSheep5 Notebook Consultant

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    PM sent.

    Dude that would suck. I hope not.
     
  5. Doobi

    Doobi ToughBook DeityInTraining

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    It would stink as much as the "shocker", but I do believe I am correct. Hopefully TB knows something I don't.
     
  6. Psych0Thrasher

    Psych0Thrasher Notebook Evangelist

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    If it's anything like the 73, which I would imagine it's pretty close design-wise, it is soldered to the board. I took one apart last weekend and it was a humdinger.
     
  7. Toughbook

    Toughbook Drop and Give Me 20!

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    Yeah... You can't upgrade the processors on the Toughbooks... Any of them as far as I know.

    Sorry to be the bearer of bad news...
     
  8. Alex

    Alex Super Moderator

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    Rick
    The cf-72 has a removable cpu
    I have updated my mk-5 to a 2.6 pentuim m


    Alex
     
  9. BlackSheep5

    BlackSheep5 Notebook Consultant

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    Crap....well I will take it apart just to look.
     
  10. mcadle

    mcadle Newbie

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    First off, I just found this forum, great info here. Second, apologies to all for kind of going slightly off topic, but Toughbook seems to have the answers or at least have lots of toughbooks, so here is what I am faced with.

    I have 2 CF-28's - I will have to go look up the CPU speed - but I did upgrade the ram to 512 MB. They were needed for a product display which was just a flash movie and nothing else, but we needed toughbooks or ruggedized laptops to show case the overall product we had as the laptops are part of the product. The issue is, the CF-28's wit 512 MB are too slow and the movie crawls. Can we switch mobo's or anything to keep the chassis? Is there anything else we can upgrade to get a 1 GB of RAM?

    If not, where is the cheapest place that might let us trade these 28's or whatever to get the bare bones machine to meet our needs? We don't need CD-ROM, WIFI, etc. We are looking for rugged case (we like the look of the 28), daylight readable touchscreen, at least 1 GHZ cpu, 1 GB RAM, spill resistant keyboard, and wired LAN only. The keyboard isn't that critical.

    Ok, again, apologies for the hijack, but this was the only topic I found talking about switching cpu's and stuff.

    Thanks!
     
  11. Psych0Thrasher

    Psych0Thrasher Notebook Evangelist

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    check out the for sale forum. I have a few cf-29s with 1.3ghz pentium M cpus on there for a low price and I can through some extra ram in there to give you 1gb.

    btw the best 28 only comes with a 1ghz cpu
     
  12. Silver Trooper

    Silver Trooper Notebook Deity

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    Not trying to push his units, but the price that Dan has on his 1.3's is a fairly decent one. I have been watching the prices on Ebay and while there are those 29's on there for $250-275, they are usually without HDD and caddy. By the time you find one that is seemingly a good price, you would have as much (if not more) in one after you add all the necessities. Plus, dealing with someone on this forum helps to perpetuate the species and you are more prone not to be stuck with "junk".
     
  13. Psych0Thrasher

    Psych0Thrasher Notebook Evangelist

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    Ha I don't even need to put much on ebay! ya'll are buying all of my stock. Love you guys. won't do you wrong, ever

    To keep on topic, how the disassembling process coming along? :D


    Dan
     
  14. tough-2-go

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    Not true, plenty of toughbooks have socketed CPU's though most are in the semi-rugged category. It would be worth a look into your CF-74 and you may be pleasantly surprised. Here are some models that are known to have replaceable socketed cpu's: CF-71, CF-72, CF-48, CF-50, CF-51 It should be noted that some versions of the same model had the CPU soldered in. Good luck and let us know what you find. :)
     
  15. Toughbook

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    Sorry... My experience is with the rugged line. I've never looked at anything other than the CF28, 29 & 30... I like rugged.

    As far as the guy who bought the 28s for movies... I think you'll need to either upgrade to a CF-29 or maybe put the movie on a DVD and play it that way? I used to play movies on my CF-28 with 512MB RAM with no issues. Of course the battery wouldn't last the whole movie but that is another story.

    Your other area might be to strip out every other thing you don't need... But the video chip in there works okay at best in my opinion. You need to make sure you have the correct drivers installed as well. You could also try bumping up the ram to 768MB total.
     
  16. tough-2-go

    tough-2-go Notebook Deity

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    He was asking about a CF-74 which is SEMI-RUGGED.
     
  17. Toyo

    Toyo Notebook Deity

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    Like Rick said, he is mostly experienced with RUGGED, not SEMI RUGGED. Huge difference.
     
  18. mnementh

    mnementh Crusty Ol' TinkerDwagon

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    Hey Rick -

    Can I get in on this flogging you about the whole RUGGED/SEMI-RUGGED thing? Heaven knows I haven't had a chance to ride your arse lately... ;)

    mnem
    Lookie here... it state's quite clearly in the OSHA handbook that the maximum capacity on Rick's arse is TWO AT A TIME, unless he installs handrails and traction treads... So, unless y'all want to foot the bill for those renovations, GET IN LINE...

    *You must be at least ~~~> THIS tall to ride*
     
  19. Toyo

    Toyo Notebook Deity

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    mnementh, I'm not riding his arse......I am attempting to help explain that there is a difference between semi and rugged. For which Rick was trying to point out the same.

    If you think I am flogging his arse, you haven't seen anything yet.:D :D :D
     
  20. Silver Trooper

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    Did someone say flogging? OOOOOOOOOOOOOhhhhhhh I think this thread is starting down another road!!! This sure ain't Kansas anymore!
     
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