My first Toughbook and how I got addicted...what was yours ?

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  1. evenflow153

    evenflow153 Notebook Consultant

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    I’m now going to be buying a CF-27 for parts haha! I have a issue at this point
     
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  2. li0n

    li0n Newbie

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    I've found my CF-28 Mk.II while I was searching the local flea market for some antiques. Instantly recognized the thick, rugged form factor and bought it for 80 RON (~18,84$).

    I didn't even know if it worked, since I didn't have a charger for it. Found one on OLX (some kind of Romanian craigslist) a few months later for ~28$. Wow, I was surprised to see it boot up. It even had Win.XP installed! The only issue was that it was in Swedish. I abandoned it for about a year before deciding to spend a whole day fresh installing WinXP again and searching for & installing the damn drivers. (That's when I made my first forum post here, yay!)

    Now, I'm spending about 2 hours a day messing around with this antique thing. It's quite a lot of fun, even if I'm just drawing stuff in Paint using the built-in touchscreen.

    I'm looking for ways to earn additional income that I would direct towards my Toughbook addiction (Looking for some bargains, because I am not too comfortable on spending money towards this passion...not from my Economies at least....)
     
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  3. ADOR

    ADOR Evil Mad Scientist

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    My first one was a CF-28 Mk2 that I still have. It was a ebay score that the inner socket for the charge cord was broken. One of my first few posts was were I purchased a new plug, stripped the plastic part off the new part. Cut the old busted plastic off the motherboard plug. And took a little work but got it on with out having to do major work on the motherboard.

    Now I have a CF-25 Mk2
    CF-28 Mk2 x2
    CF-28 Mk3 x2
    CF-29 Mk 3 with custom gps
    CF-30 Mk 2 non touch
    CF-U1 Mk1 x3
    CF-U1 Mk2.5
    CF-07 base x3 and one remote screen
    CF-17
    CF-M34 Mk2
    CF-M34 Mk4
    CF-M34 Mk7 x 3
    CF-19 Mk1
    CF-19 Mk3
    CF-19 Mk4
    CF-19 Mk5
    CF-74 Mk3
    CF-74 Mk4 x2
    CF-52 Mk1 ATI


    The 19 Mk is my daily unless I am on one of my gaming desk tops.
     
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  4. UNCNDL1

    UNCNDL1 Notebook Deity

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    My first was a Craigslist purchase 9-10 years ago.
    Our son was on his first overseas deployment and wanted a ToughBook. It was a CF-29 Mk2 running XP and cost $175 dollars. It came with a disc of drivers and a copy of XP. That’s how I found this site, looking for an official restore image. We sent it overseas and our son used it when he wasn’t out on missions.
    My first ToughBook came after that, also from Craigslist.
    $60 bought a CF-28S complete with dock/broken factory GPS and emissive keyboard.
    Since then: CF-M33,34,28, 29, 30, 31, 41, 52GUN, 53, and my daily driver a 54 (traded a Q1). Currently tinkering with a G1 tablet.
     
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  5. theoak2

    theoak2 Notebook Evangelist

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    My first ToughBook was a CF-29 (can't remember what MK). I bought and sold a few of those. Later (thanks to this forum) I got a CF-W8 brand new when Panasonic was selling them really cheap. I've also had a couple CF-74, a few CF-30, maybe 4 or 5 CF-31, and recently a CF-C2 (bought for my sister-in-law). I also have an FZ-G1 MK1, and my current laptop of choice is a CF-31 MK4, which I use for everything. I bought and sold ToughBooks to work my way up the ToughBook chain. I couldn't justify paying the price of a brand new one, when I could add whatever I wanted to a slightly used one for a fraction of the price of a new one.

    I don't have an extensive ToughBook collection, just the CF-31 and the FZ-G1 right now. I am too practical to own more ToughBooks than I can possibly use.
     
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  6. Michael AU

    Michael AU Notebook Guru

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    CF-29 I bought so I could tune my car using DOS, I needed a serial port for a security dongle. Now I have 3 29s and a 31 which I use for tuning modern systems. I've used Acer laptops before this, and I was happy with them, and a Toshiba 440 (never really happy with it) but the Toughbooks out perform everything else I have used and can take the rough and tumble of a automotive workshop.
     
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  7. Toughbook

    Toughbook Drop and Give Me 20!

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    I can't believe that I haven't posted in this thread yet!

    It was 2006. I had just closed a business where I was in partnership with someone right at the same time my wife (now ex) had to leave her work on short-term disability as she had developed Crohn's Disease. She took a leave of absence for 4-5 months and I decided to spend time with her to help nurse her back to health before I looked for another job. The timing was right for that and I was financially able to do it at the time.

    She spent a lot of time sleeping which left me very bored. I couldn't do the noisy projects around the house that I would normally do. I needed something fairly quiet I could do in the basement. I stumbled across a CF-28 MK2 on eBay for a little under $400. As I recall... I worked a trade with the seller for around $200 plus a knife I was selling on Bay at the time. It was then that my life, as I knew it, changed!

    I'm a guy who has to take everything apart to see what makes it tick. The CF-28 was the perfect hobby! Logically and expertly thought out and easy to take apart. I just needed better Phillips head drivers. I bought a set of Wiha tools and started having fun.

    I started posting here in mid 2007... The forum was dead at that time with only a few sporadic posts. I was looking for more information as to how to modify the Toughbooks. I did a few mods on my own and started posting what I had done. It attracted more people. VERY skilled people! I was in Heaven! People who had the same disease, um passion, I had!

    My first mod was to add wifi. Hard to believe at that time they didn't even have wifi as a stock feature. I got it working and then decided to try to sell it on eBay. I had cleaned it all up and it looked new. I billed it as "The Ultimate Toughbook" and I was shocked to see people bidding it up past $2500! I couldn't buy more of these things fast enough! I made contacts and worked deals with police departments. Back then it was me and one other guy offering modified Toughbooks on eBay... And he would only do one every 4-6 months. I had people waiting in line for these things! This just defined the word "awesome!"

    I worked on Toughbooks as my primary job for years after that. It was SO much fun to just have a paying hobby. Where else could you make money sitting at your bench in your boxer shorts? This website attracted top talent and they asked for me to be moderator since they could tell I was in love! It was brought to my attention early on by the owners here that the Toughbook crowd was VERY different. We didn't have the petty squabbles and political crap other forums did... As a matter of fact, there were no arguments AT ALL! We were PURE TOUGHBOOK! We wanted nothing else but to learn and modify! What could be more fun? We even got our own BST forum... Something, at the time, no other brand had. We were different and they knew it!

    Over the years the eBay crowd grew and I was underpriced at every turn. Some had turned it into a growing industry. That's nice but I have to make a living! I went back into auto finance and had less and less time to devote to the website and to Toughbooks in general. The owners here noticed and suggested I find someone else with the passion... Enter Blair ("Toughasnails").... He's done an amazing job over the years! Well done Blair! This place attracted top quality people who want to share and Blair has kept that going over the years and has grown it very well! Blair, I salute you sir!

    Over the years I sold hundreds of Toughbooks. At one point I had them on every ocean in the world and every continent except Antarctica. I STILL have my past customers calling. I just had someone call me two days ago with a flashing battery indicator on a CF-29 I sold 10 years ago! Every now and then I'll get a request for another Toughbook from a past customer. My favorite one was a guy who had run over his CF-29 with a bulldozer but kept it alive by attaching an external keyboard and monitor to it. He kept using the crushed Toughbook for TWO YEARS until he asked for another. I sent him a left-over CF-29 I had for free after hearing the story and seeing the pictures. lol

    I have done more things to a Toughbook than most. I have made the magic smoke come out and closed my eyes in fear of what I had done.... Only to find out I just popped a fuse somewhere... If anything at all! These things are so easy to work on and so forgiving of mistakes.

    They have been one of my favorite passions for years!

    Keep the faith my brothers!
     
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  8. evenflow153

    evenflow153 Notebook Consultant

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    Great story! Now my mid 07 thing was that a CF-M34 came up. Me not knowing that I could have a fairly nice example I passed. Next day sold. It’s like 2 am and I see a extremely nice example with the box, docking station, and a boat load of Other things like AOL Online CDs, Windows XP Pro and you get the point. I bought this (notice that it was from Russia and I just used my translate in head skills that suck) and like 3 weeks later it shows up. In a oversized padded bag. Now it was in its original box and he added packing peanuts and it was in like 5 layers of padded bubble wrap and some memory foam. Now it’s now my test unit and when I got it it had 87 hours on it. Now it has 1087 hours.
     
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