Panasonic Toughbook CF-18 Thread/FAQ

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    CF-18 FAQ

    I have talked to Alex about a new updated CF-18 thread a while back but just never got it done. We discussed this replacing the partial FAQ we currently have for the CF-18. I still don’t have all the pictures done like on the factory GPS install but I need to quit stalling and get it posted up, then just add pictures up later. This will be a work in progress and I will add the info to the first post to keep it clean. Besides I have a lot of time on my hands right now in this hotel room in Al Khobar, lol.

    The CF-18

    The CF-18 comes in 5 different Marks or Mk. This is also sub divided into touchscreen or digitizer screen. Touch screen is just that touch with finger, pen or other object. The digitizer won’t work unless it has special pen for the screen.

    Here is the break down of the model.

    Panasonic Mobile Computing Configure Products

    CF-18XXXXXXXXX

    CPU
    B - Pentium 900MHz ULV (Centrino) 802.11b+g
    C - Pentium 900MHz Ultra Low Voltage (No Wireless)
    D - Pentium 1.1GHz ULV (Centrino) 802.11b+g
    E - Pentium 1.1GHz ULV (No Wireless LAN) -Federal Only
    F - Pentium M 733 - 1.1GHz (Centrino) 802.11a/b/g
    G - Pentium M 733 - 1.1GHz (No Wireless LAN) -Federal Only
    H - Pentium M 733 - 1.1GHz (Centrino) 802.11b+g
    K - Pentium M 753 - 1.2GHz (Centrino) 802.11a/b/g
    L - Pentium M 753 - 1.2GHz (No WLAN) -Federal Only
    N - Pentium M 753 - 1.2GHz (Centrino) 802.11a/b/g + TPM 1.2
    P - Pentium M 753 - 1.2GHz (No WLAN) -Federal Only + TPM 1.2

    LCD-Keyboard
    D - 10.4 XGA High Bright Digitizer
    C - 10.4 XGA High Bright Digitizer - Backlit Keyboard
    E - 10.4 XGA Digitizer+Black Cabinet
    F - 10.4 XGA Tablet (Hazardous Location)
    H - 10.4 XGA High Bright Touchscreen
    J - 10.4 XGA High Bright Touchscreen - Backlit Keyboard
    K - 10.4 XGA High Bright (Hazardous Location)
    T - 10.4 Transflective XGA


    HDD-Ram
    A - 40GB HDD - 256MB RAM - dual ant. connectors
    B - 40GB HDD - 256MB RAM - dual ant. connectors
    C - 40GB HDD - 768MB RAM
    D - 60GB HDD - 256MB RAM - dual ant. connectors
    H - 60GB HDD - 512MB RAM - dual ant. connectors
    K - 40GB HDD - 256MB RAM
    L - 40GB HDD - 512MB RAM
    N - 40GB HDD - 256MB RAM - dual ant. connectors - SmartCard
    Q - 60GB HDD - 512MB RAM - dual ant. connectors - SmartCard
    1 - 40GB HDD - 256MB RAM - dual ant. conn. - Hazard. Location
    2 - 60GB HDD - 512MB RAM - dual ant. conn. - Hazard. Location


    Wireless
    F - GPRS (Cingular)
    G - EDGE (Cingular) - (AT&T GPRS prior to Pent. M 733)
    H - GPRS (T-Mobile)
    J - CDMA 1xRTT Verizon (no voice)<
    K - EDVO (Sprint) - (1xRTT prior to Pent. M 733)
    L - GPRS (Cingular)
    M - EVDO (Verizon) - (1xRTT prior to Pent. M 733)
    Z - None
    3 - Special Order


    Integrated Options
    A - 802.11 Wireless LAN - GPS
    B - 802.11 Wireless LAN - Bluetooth
    C - 802.11 Wireless LAN - GPS - Bluetooth<
    X - Base model
    Z - None
    1 - Secured HDD Door



    OS
    B - Windows XP Pro SP2
    D - Windows 2000
    K - Windows XP Pro
    M - Windows XP Pro Tablet PC
    R - Windows XP Tablet PC MUI
    V - WIndows XP Tablet 2005
    X - Windows XP
    Z - No License


    Destination
    M-North America
    E - non North America (U.K.)
    F - non North America (FRANCE)
    G - non North America (GERMANY)
    P - non North America (SPAIN)
    S - non North America (SWEDEN)
    T - non North America (ITALY)
    A = Australia
    L = Belgium
    H = Hungary
    K = Turkey
    N = Norwegian
    4 = Slovenia
    5 = Portugal
    6 = Greece
    7 = Czechoslovakia/Republic
    W = Mixed Specification....e.g. a Spanish Keyboard with a US AC cord

    (Credit: CF-18 Tablet - ToughWiki)


    Customer Special Configuration:

    When a customer orders multiple units of the same configuration they are designated a Panasonic Customer Configuration Number which replaces the fourth & fifth letters in the standard model number.

    In the event of the same customer ordering multiple units of different configurations, they are designated additional Customer Configuration Numbers....These configurations are not available in the Panasonic Configurator....these units can often be of a standard configuration with subtle additions such as external hardware....or more significant such as a non-standard Bios that disables the use of WLAN/Bluetooth/Modem.

    A Customer Configuration is just that....tailored to the customers needs.

    Example; CF-18xxx90xx....This number (90) is designated to Toyota (US)....the full model number is not available in the Panasonic Configurator....so the configuration....subtle or otherwise, is unknown!!

    Partial List:

    Telstra Communications (Australia).
    22

    Zurich Finance (UK)
    25

    Yorkshire Water (UK)
    26
    29

    Romec (UK)
    34

    Iveco (UK)
    40

    Steris (US)
    45

    Thames Water (UK)
    53

    Iveco (Italy)
    55

    Dubai Police
    57

    Philip Morris (Turkey)
    58

    Anglian Water (UK)
    62

    Jaguar (UK)
    65
    66
    89

    Ford (UK)
    68
    69

    Verizon (US)
    00
    70
    71
    72

    Tennent (US)
    73

    AT&T (US)
    83
    85

    Coca-Cola (UK)
    87

    Toyota (US)
    90
    91

    US Army (Germany)
    93

    Hyundai
    94

    Severn Trent Water (UK)
    96

    Aston Martin (UK)
    97

    Belgian Government
    99

    There MUST be others.... (CREDIT: ORANGE_GEORGE)


    DIGITIZER VS TOUCHSCREEN (DIFFERENCES)

    With a touchscreen, there are 2 layers of connected wire mesh encased in a piece of glass or plastic that sits in front of the LCD. When pushed on an intersection connects and completes the circuit and that intersection is where the pointer jumps to.

    The digitizer is a giant PCB (the size of the LCD) that sits behind the LCD and detects the presence of another circuit embedded in the stylus using a similar intersection idea. Where it detects it is where the pointer jumps to which is why you don't have to touch the screen for it to work but why nothing but that stylus will work. That's also why the front cover is just a plain piece of glass or plastic. (CREDIT TO: ZEROFLIGHT)

    The other reason digitizer screens are beloved by some people is the difference in screen "depth" - A touchscreen has 3 layers of glass in the touch panel on top of the LCD; the digitizer has only 1, or in some cases NONE if they make the LCD extra heavy duty to handle people pressing on it. This removes the issues of poor contrast/color we CF-28 touchscreen users often lament; it also gets rid of the parallax issue where it's difficult to gage stylus location because of the screen depth. (CREDIT: MNEMENTH)

    http://forum.notebookreview.com/panasonic/226408-cf-18-swap-digitizer-w-touch-screen.html

    OK, here are a few clues on telling the difference between a digitizer and touchscreen:

    The pen holder slot on the touchscreen model is only 1/2" across Digitizer is about 1"

    [​IMG]
    (CREDIT: H-BERT)


    There will be a rubber seal flap on the rear left of the case for the serial port on standard touch model. Digitizers do not have serial ports. The serial port internally is used for the Digitizer.

    [​IMG]
    (CREDIT: H-BERT)

    Windows XP COA on the touch model. Tablets have XP Tablet edition COA

    Designed for windows XP badge on the left wrist wrest. No badge on the tablet as they are designed for XP tablet.

    The touchscreen cable harness has only two connector while the digitizer has three.


    DIFFERENCES BETWEEN MK’S

    All bottom covers will interchange BUT there is a difference in the MK4,5’S cover/hole compared to the Mk1,2,3 the ram hole slot is bigger, the plate under the speaker cover to help secure the ram is different. I have used a Mk2 back plate on a Mk5, just harder to remove the ram with the cover on. (INSERT PHOTO)

    There is a extra speaker wire on the Mk1 running to the audio out sound board. (INSERT PICTURE)

    Mk4 no TPM, Mk5 TPM other than that they are virtually identical.

    (MORE COMING SOON)

    XP HOME/PRO VS XP TABLET

    XP Pro doesn't have digitizer drivers, you can install a digitizer driver to get it working. XP TABLET has the digitizer drivers as default.

    Service pack 2 should solve Bluetooth driver issues on XP

    (CREDIT: http://forum.notebookreview.com/panasonic/325093-cf-18-drivers-buttons.html)


    WHAT IS UNDER THE HOOD

    Panasonic Professional Mobile Computer Support FAQs


    Mark 1 -- CF-18B/CF-18C

    Mark 2 -- CF-18D/CF-18E

    Mark 3 -- CF-18F/CF-18G/CF-18H

    Mark 4 -- CF-18K/CF-18L

    Mark 5 -- CF-18N/CF-18P



    What is the storage/memory capacity for the CF-18 Toughbook?

    CF-18B/C (Mk1) -- On-board 256MB. Expandable to 1,280MB

    CF-18D/E (Mk2) -- On-board 256. Expandable to 1,280MB

    CF-18F/G/H (Mk3)-- On-board 256MB or 512MB. Expandable to 1,280MB or 1,536MB

    CF-18K/L (Mk4) -- On-board 512MB. Expandable to 1,536MB

    CF-18N/P (Mk5) -- On-board 512MB. Expandable to 1,536MB


    What type of CPU is in the CF-18 Toughbook?

    CF-18B/C (Mk1) -- Intel® Pentium® M 900MHz ULV

    CF-18D/E (Mk2) -- Intel® Pentium® M 1.1GHz ULV

    CF-18F/G/H (Mk3) -- Intel® Pentium® M 733 1.10GHz ULV

    CF-18K/L (Mk4) -- Intel® Pentium® M 753 1.2GHz ULV

    CF-18N/P (Mk5) -- Intel® Pentium® M 753 1.2GHz ULV


    What VGA controller is used in the CF-18 Toughbook?

    CF-18B/C (Mk1) -- Intel® 855GM - Unified Memory Access(UMA) up to 64MB

    CF-18D/E (Mk2) -- Intel® 855GM - UMA up to 64MB

    CF-18F/G/H (Mk3) -- Intel® 855GM - UMA up to 64MB

    CF-18K/L (Mk4) -- Intel® 915GMS - UMA up to 128MB

    CF-18N/P (Mk5) -- Intel® 915GMS - UMA up to 128MB


    What is the Front Side Bus (FSB) of the CF-18 Toughbook?

    CF-18B/C (Mk1) -- 400MHz

    CF-18D/E (Mk2) -- 400MHz

    CF-18F/G/H (Mk3) -- 400MHz

    CF-18K/L (Mk4) -- 400MHz

    CF-18N/P (Mk5) -- 400MHz


    What type of wireless network card is installed in the CF-18 Toughbook?

    CF-18B (Mk1) -- Intel® PRO/Wireless 2100A - 802.11b

    CF-18D (Mk2) -- Intel® PRO/Wireless 2200BG - 802.11b/g

    CF-18H (Mk3) -- Intel® PRO/Wireless 2200BG - 802.11b/g

    CF-18F (Mk3) -- Intel® PRO/Wireless 2915ABG - 802.11a/b/g

    CF-18K (Mk4) -- Intel® PRO/Wireless 2915ABG - 802.11a/b/g

    CF-18N (Mk5) -- Intel® PRO/Wireless 2915ABG - 802.11a/b/g


    What type of network card is installed in the CF-18 Toughbook and what speed does it support?

    CF-18B/C (Mk1) -- RealtekRTL8139DL 10/100

    CF-18D/E (Mk2) -- RealtekRTL8101L 10/100

    CF-18F/G/H (Mk3) -- RealtekRTL8101L 10/100

    CF-18K/L (Mk4) -- RealtekRTL8101L 10/100

    CF-18N/P (Mk5) -- RealtekRTL8101L 10/100


    What type of sound card is in the CF-18 Toughbook?

    CF-18B/C (Mk1) -- SigmaTel STAC9767CC1

    CF-18D/E (Mk2) -- SigmaTel STAC9751TGCC1

    CF-18F/G/H (Mk3) -- SigmaTel STAC9751TGCC1

    CF-18K/L (Mk4) -- SigmaTel STAC9751TGCC1

    CF-18N/P (Mk5) -- SigmaTel STAC9751TGCC1


    What type of memory can be used in the CF-18 Toughbook?

    CF-18B/C (Mk1) -- PC2100 DDR SDRAM

    CF-18D/E (Mk2) -- PC2100 DDR SDRAM

    CF-18F/G/H (Mk3) -- PC2100DDR SDRAM

    CF-18K/L (Mk4) -- PC2-3200 DDR2 SDRAM

    CF-18N/P (Mk5) -- PC2-3200 DDR2 SDRAM


    CF-18 GPS INSTALL

    (not mine but I see this page is back up, good read)

    Guide: Installing OEM GPS Kit in Panasnic CF-18

    (COMING SOON)

    CF-18 GPS WITH FACTORY DAUGHTER BOARD

    CF-18 GPS WITH CF-19 DAUGHTER BOARD

    CF-18 WITH AFTER MARKET GPS


    SD CARD READER

    Only found on Mk4 and Mk5 models, you may need two registery entry's for windows XP for it to work on over 2gb cards. I have tried up to 4GB card and they work fine. Panasonic reports up to 8GB cards will work. Others have reported up to 16GB works fine.

    http://forum.notebookreview.com/panasonic/458050-sd-card-cf-29-a.html

    Registry file one The 923293 hotfix adds support for SD High Capacity memory cards in Windows XP

    Registry file two Hotfix for Windows XP that adds support for SDHC cards that have a capacity of more than 4 GB For greater than 4GB cards.


    DOCKING PORTS/REPLICATORS PART NUMBERS

    Gamber-Johnson Dual RF version:Item Number:7160-0207-02
    Panasonic CF-WEB184A LAN, SERIAL, 4 USB,VGA OUT,HEADPHONE, MICROPHONE


    PEN PART NUMBERS

    Same as Wacom M200 will fit the digitizer slot, but no hole for the tether.

    Also known as Toshiba Stylus PA3317U-2ETC


    LINUX INSTALL
    UBUNTU 10.10
    https://wiki.ubuntu.com/CF-18
    ~Toughbook Talk~ Toughbook Discussion &bull; View topic - Loading Ubuntu Linux on a CF-18

    USING WINDOWS XP PRO ON DIGITIZER MODEL THAT HAD WINDOWS XP TABLET

    I only have XP pro installed not XP tablet pc. Is it possible to get my front buttons to work with only having xp pro?


    Yes I am using xp pro and as I have said the buttons are working fine now
    OK here are the steps
    Install xp
    If your disk is just xp or xpsp-1 upgrade to sp-2
    Now a list of drivers in order
    Wifi driver only from intel And have device manager unknown network device search in the folder you downloaded
    Listed on the intel download site as English: 12.2.0.0_X_Drivers.zip Download
    Ver:12.2.0.0 Date:1/5/2009 Size:7133 (KB)



    OS INF File driver , unextract to c: and install and reboot
    Video driver unextract to C: util and install and reboot
    Sound driver unextract to C: util and install and reboot
    Modem driver unextract to C: util and install and reboot
    Now you can do the backwords hotkey stuff...
    Hotkey plus driver download extract and go into device manager under the second unknown device direct to the plus driver and reboot
    Now the same thing with the hotkey driver as above , note there is only one uknown device in the device manager
    then
    touchpad driver/touchscreen driver install through device manager upgrade the mouse driver conitunue to reboot after each addition
    hotkey settings
    hotkey plus manager
    hotkey apendex
    software key board
    display rotation tool

    By this time you will have the keys working and you can go into the Panasonic program list and modify the rotation and front key settings
    Add any other drivers now that I missed


    CREDIT: Alex



    CF-18 Mk1 USB Stick Install Trick

    "I just tested it with my USB stick. Booting up the stick with the harddrive doesnt work

    The trick is this :
    1 - remove hard drive, then boot from USB stick.
    2 - Shut down the Toughbook. insert hard drive, then the USB stick boots.

    I used Ultimate Boot CD and some other USB loaders. They all work.

    It seems that if you boot the first time with the hard drive in the notebook, that it doesn't boot from the USB stick."


    CREDIT: MasterBlaster2039



    DAUGHTER BOARD


    The factory daughterboard is need for the factory install of WWAN, GPS and BLUETOOTH.
    (INSERT PICTURE)

    A CF-19 Daughter-board will work on a CF-18 opening up a M-PCI-express slot for your use and a usb slot. Then you can install GPS, WWAN or experiment with other cards.

    "This is the word of precaution regarding the use of CF-19 HSPDA board(daughter board) into the cf-18. I've checked the schematic between the two and I've found out that one internal USB port is not align to supposed to be into the CF-18. The other usb port I suspect is a complete match into using PCIE term. and all line circuit line port for PCIE. The GPS in is line into ground automatically. It means even though if you don't have yet a GPS module on the PCIE card slot it will display on the bios having a GPS.

    Now! I will conclude that the daughter board of CF-19 into the CF-18 must only be use for GPS installation using PCIE card. Nothing else. It is only a words of precautionary measure but if you gonna do further more. Go ahead and explore, Lol"


    (CREDIT: ohlip)

    CF-18 WWAN PANASONIC SOFTWARE

    Panasonic Mobile Computer Wireless Carrier Software

    CF-18 with CF-19 daughterboard GOBI 1000/2000 experiment

    (coming soon, waiting on parts)

    KEYBOARDS

    Chicklet PN:
    Emissisve PN:
    Rubber backlit PN:

    CF-18/19 use the same keyboard.


    EXTREME COLD WEATHER OPERATION

    http://forum.notebookreview.com/panasonic/618063-safely-disabling-heater.html



    HELPFUL THREAD LINKS

    CF-18 Tablet - ToughWiki

    http://forum.notebookreview.com/panasonic/534118-cf-18-touchscreen-digitizer.html

    http://forum.notebookreview.com/panasonic/364032-cf-18-post-note.html

    http://forum.notebookreview.com/panasonic/378088-toughbook-cf-18-serial-port.html

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

    http://forum.notebookreview.com/panasonic/509394-cf-18-difference-between-touchscreen-digitizer.html

    http://forum.notebookreview.com/panasonic/226408-cf-18-swap-digitizer-w-touch-screen.html

    http://forum.notebookreview.com/panasonic/325093-cf-18-drivers-buttons.html

    Future proof Tim’s laptop service manuals

    http://forum.notebookreview.com/panasonic/546786-cf-18-unusual-docking-connector.html

    http://forum.notebookreview.com/panasonic/533464-cheap-digitizer-pens.html

    http://forum.notebookreview.com/panasonic/290174-adding-aftermarket-internal-gps-cf-18-a.html

    http://forum.notebookreview.com/panasonic/621677-cf-18-gps-options.html

    http://forum.notebookreview.com/panasonic/612387-what-hooked-up-cf-18-a.html

    http://forum.notebookreview.com/panasonic/370776-cf-18-ubuntu-installation-touchscreen-works.html

    http://forum.notebookreview.com/panasonic/623873-cf-18-touchpanel-lcd-replacement.html

    http://forum.notebookreview.com/panasonic/582905-australian-cf-18-gps-install.html

    http://forum.notebookreview.com/panasonic/524581-ubuntu-10-10-toughbook-version.html

    https://wiki.ubuntu.com/CF-18

    http://forum.notebookreview.com/panasonic/618063-safely-disabling-heater.html

    http://forum.notebookreview.com/panasonic/557455-sdreader-cf-18-mystery-solved.html

    http://forum.notebookreview.com/panasonic/647222-screen-replacement-cf-19-a.html

    http://forum.notebookreview.com/panasonic/607724-cf-18-cf-29-gps-module-swap.html

    http://forum.notebookreview.com/panasonic/648936-adding-aftermarket-internal-gps-cf-30-a-2.html

    http://forum.notebookreview.com/panasonic/678911-new-cf-18-owner-questions.html

    http://forum.notebookreview.com/panasonic/662774-digitizer-xp-pro-sp3.html

    http://forum.notebookreview.com/panasonic/746585-cf-18mk4-t-mobile-connection-failure.html

    http://forum.notebookreview.com/panasonic/748245-cf-18-mk2-wont-boot-usb.html

    (I STILL HAVE A LOT OF LINKS TO ADD, SEE ANYTHING I MISSED OR HAVEN'T ADDED SO FAR, SPEAK UP OR PM ME, OVER THE NEXT COUPLE OF MONTHS THIS SHOULD BE FINISHED)
     
    Last edited: Oct 3, 2015
  2. Rob

    Rob Toughbook Aficionado

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    You're more than welcome to post this on TBT too... in the CF-18 section...

    I'll gladly make it a sticky... :D
     
  3. Kardan

    Kardan Notebook Evangelist

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    Wonderful job ADOR! Thanks!
     
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    orange_george Notebook Evangelist

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    Good Information....PM coming your way. :)
     
  5. toughasnails

    toughasnails Toughbook Moderator Moderator

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    Toughbook Drop and Give Me 20!

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    AWESOME thread Ador!

    Great job!
     
  7. ADOR

    ADOR Evil Mad Scientist

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    I just hope this helps out on a lot of the new CF-18 traffic we have. They have dropped way down in price now to become one of the new "entry" level Toughbooks. Now I just need to be home to do a lot of new snap shots. (I have noticed lots of CF-18 stuff on the web, older links not working now. The wiki pages don't have much on them, and even the GPS install that toughbookcentral had up is gone is now MIA "404".)
     
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    useful ?

    greetings
     

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    ADOR Evil Mad Scientist

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    Those will do nicely. I was going to do it when I got home but this will work. Pictures added to the top and credit given.
     
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    Dang, i just sold my CF-18! OP should maked this thread earlier, LOL.
     
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