Panasonic Toughbook CF-18 Thread/FAQ

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  1. Hikecraze

    Hikecraze Newbie

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    ok i have one here with a weird peripheral add-on of banana plug jacks either as a volt meter or audio out......i'm at a loss here as to what its for....
     
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    Post a photo please
     
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    sorry figured it out it was a PCMCIA multimeter that had been securely attached at the factory with a bracket and screws and made it look as though it was part of the toughbook...... sadly it had been tamperd with and only the socket remained the card was not in there as in it was there to finish the outside as it no longer has the PCMCIA door
     
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    Hi does anyone have the drivers for the cf-18 mk1 and is it possible to get all drivers to work with win7 and does anyone have the touch screen driver for cf-18 mk 4 running windows7 pleaseeeee
     
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    Welcome to the Panasonic Toughbook forum

    I did this upgrade many years ago and it was very slow and if you tried to watch a movie it would freeze up.
     
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    safn1949 I'm sure I'm on the wrong planet

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    I understand that you have the CF-18's in hand but...CF-19Mk1's and Mk2's are so cheap it's not funny,coupled with an SSD they will run circles around an 18 period. And Windows 7 on a CF-18Mk1 with the 900mhz CPU will put you in a coma waiting on it.:eek:
     
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    Hi I went on the Panasonic web site select everything I need click search and nothing happens. I only want to use these toughbook for car diagnostics. I thought when I bought them they were all mk4s but 4 were mk1 3 of them are xp1 and 1 is win 2000 I just want to get the touch screens working and is it possible to upgrade the win 2000 one to xp and have the touch sreen working. I will gladly pay someone who can email me the drivers. Thanks for all your reply's
     
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    It is impossible to make it any simpler than this ......

    Other than send me the CF18 and I install Win7 for you. Yes I will, for a fee of $75 per hour. Estimate 6 to 8 hours for a custom OS install on a CF18 or CF19, so figure $450 to $600 USD. You pay shipping both ways.

    You really just need to do some reading on the forum and then follow the instructions. It is not simple to install an OS on a CF18 or CF19. Let alone one that was not on it originally. I use restore disks for the specific model Toughbook.

    I will cut a paste the thread I linked to a few posts ago. It is step by step instructions.
    http://forum.notebookreview.com/threads/howto-install-windows-7-on-a-cf-18-mk1.418424/#post-5319252

    It looks like the drivers he used are for a CF19 mk3.
    They MUST be installed in the correct order.


    Once again: Download those from the Panasonic site.
    http://business.panasonic.com/support-computerstablets-downloads

    Direct links
    Win7 CF19 mk2
    ftp://ftp.panasonic.com/computer/software/19fgh-mk2-7x86.exe
    Win7 CF19 mk3
    ftp://ftp.panasonic.com/computer/software/19kl-mk3-7x86.exe

    Once you download all of the drivers, you must open the downloaded exe files with a program called 7zip.
    This is because the downloaded exe files are designed to run on the CF19 mk3 only. The 7zip program gets around that issue.
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    Now, the steps--

    Disclaimer: These instructions are geared for a digitizer model with a fairly basic set of hardware options. Under Microsoft Windows 7, a digitizer is required for Tablet PC. To quote Microsoft's Tablet PC Hardware Requirements page:
    • Tablet PCs must include a pen-based stylus ("Digitizer")
    Thus, please do not expect official Tablet PC support for non-digitizer models.


    Prepare to Download Drivers
    • Please refer to the stickied thread "The Ultimate Toughbook Resource Thread" for a current, active list of driver download sites.
    • Use 7-Zip to extract: If you have trouble extracting the drivers (e.g. you get an error message when attempting to run the downloaded self-extracting executable), try using 7-Zip, which is Open Source software. Open the downloaded *.exe in 7-Zip the same way you would load any other zip/archive file, and then 7-Zip will show you the files that downloaded self-extracting executable contains
    • This is only a subset of the Windows 7 drivers that are available for the CF-19 K/L. While there are some forty downloads or so, a number of the ones not listed are incompatible with the CF-18 hardware.

    Download Drivers
    • Intel Chipset/INF Update Utility
      • Download the latest version for Windows 7 32-bit from Intel's Download Center
      • NOTE: Unfortunately, as of the time of this writing, Intel's Driver Update Utility is out-of-sync with what actually works. When visiting Intel's Driver Detection webpage while running under Windows 7, it has shown me that the chipset driver is outdated, but the driver link provided is to an XP-based version in the version 6.* series that won't install under Windows 7. From the Release Notes for 9.2.0.1030, this update covers the Intel 800 Series Chipsets. So, just manually find and download this driver instead of trying to let the driver detection tool find it for you.
    • Panasonic Windows 7 Drivers for the CF-19 K/L (yes, nineteen):
      • Panasonic common components
      • Touchpad driver
      • Panasonic misc driver *
      • Hotkey driver
      • Hotkey appendix application
      • Hotkey settings application
      • Tablet button manager
      • Tablet buttons driver
      • Panasonic notification utility *
      • Concealed mode utility *
      • Loupe utility *
      • Battery recalibration utility *
      • Wireless switch utility *
      • Wireless connection disable utility *
      • Display rotation tool *
      • Port replicator LAN driver
      • Bluetooth stack driver
      • PC info viewer application *
      • NOTES:
        • For other Toughbooks or CF-18's with different configurations, you may need to download additional drivers
        • All driver noted with an asterisk (*) depend on the Panasonic Misc driver. If you completed an earlier driver installation without the Misc driver, you can install all items marked with an asterisk (*) in order without having to go back and redo the entire installation.
    • Panasonic Vista Software for the CF-19F/G/H (mk2):
      • DMI Viewer
    • If you have a newer CF-18 with a SigmaTel audio device, you may need the following (thanks to David O. for the report on CF-18's with a SigmaTel device):
      • CF-19C/D/E (mk1) SigmaTel driver for Windows Vista
    • Realtek Driver for Windows 7:
    • If the system has Intel 82852/82855 graphics, you will need the following:
      • Download the latest 82852/82855 drivers from Intel's website
      • The driver version I used was 14.19.50 for XP


    Verify the BIOS is at the Latest Version
    • On the same Panasonic website used to download drivers, check the latest BIOS version for your specific hardware model (i.e. don't install a BIOS update created for a different hardware model)
    • If the BIOS version listed is newer than the current version, follow the BIOS update instructions for that version


    Perform Initial Windows 7 Setup
    1. Install Windows 7 to an empty partition (clean install)
    2. Go to Control Panel > System and Security > Windows Update
    3. Run Windows Update after the installation completes
      1. Verify that you are connected to the Internet
      2. Go to Start > Control Panel
      3. Click "Windows Update"
      4. In the list of options along the left column, click "Check for Updates"
      5. You will likely see text that "important updates are available" and/or "optional updates are available"
      6. Click either of those to view a list of the individual updates (drivers are usually listed as optional updates)
      7. Select the updates to install
      8. Click "OK" (in the lower-right corner) once you have selected the updates to install
      9. Click the "Install Updates" button to begin the update process

    Install the Toughbook Drivers
    1. Intel Chipset/INF Update Utility
      • Run infinst_autol.exe
    2. Panasonic Common Components
      • Run Setup.exe
    3. Panasonic Misc Driver * (thanks to Slammer111 for information on the Misc driver)
      1. Open the Device Manager
      2. Expand the "System Devices" category
      3. Right click on the Microsoft ACPI-Compliant Embedded Controller device and select "Update Driver Software"
      4. Select the "Browse my computer for driver software" option
      5. Select the "Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer" option
      6. Click "Next"
      7. Click "Have Disk..."
      8. Select the folder that contains the file newmisc.inf from the Panasonic Misc Driver download
      9. Click "Next"
      10. An "Update Driver Warning" message will appear saying (among other things) Windows cannot verify that the driver is compatible with the hardware and that the hardware might not work correctly if the driver is not compatible.
      11. Click "Yes" to continue installing this driver
    4. Sound
      • For models with an Intel 82801DB/DBM AC '97 Audio Controller, skip this step
      • For models with a SigmaTel device, install the SigmaTel audio driver (thanks to David O for the report on CF-18's with a SigmaTel device)
        • Run Setup.exe for the Windows Vista SigmaTel driver
        • If that does not work, download and run the Windows XP version of SigmaTel driver for your particular CF-18 model
    5. Touchpad Driver
      1. Open the Device Manager
      2. Expand the "Mice and other pointing devices" category
      3. Right click on the PS/2 device and select "Update Driver Software"
      4. Manually select the driver using steps similar to the following:
        1. Choose to browse your computer for driver software
        2. Click "Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer"
        3. Click the "Have Disk..." button on the next screen
        4. On the "Install From Disk" dialog, click "Browse"
      5. You will want to use the folder containing driver fidmous.inf
    6. Hotkey Driver
      1. Open the Device Manager
      2. Find the section that includes the "unknown" devices
      3. Right click on one of the unknown device and select "Update Driver"
        • This unknown device is typically the first of of two unknown devices that will be listed
        • If you select the wrong unknown device, the install will fail. No worries, just pick the other unknown device.
      4. You will want to use folder containing the driver hotkey.inf
    7. Hotkey Appendix Application
      • Run Setup.exe
    8. Hotkey Settings Application
      • Run Setup.exe
    9. Tablet Button Manager
      • Run Setup.exe
    10. Tablet Buttons Driver
      1. Open the Device Manager
      2. At this point, there should be just one "unknown" device
      3. Right click on the unknown device and select "Update Driver"
      4. Manually select the driver using steps similar to the following:
        1. Choose to browse your computer for driver software
        2. Click "Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer"
        3. Click the "Have Disk..." button on the next screen
        4. On the "Install From Disk" dialog, click "Browse"
      5. You will want to use the folder containing the driver MeiTBtn.inf (found in the top level of the driver archive file extract; do not use the one in the amd64 folder)
      6. Wait for the driver installation to complete; if the install fails, try the other unknown device
      7. Manually copy meitbrc.dll to C:\WINDOWS\system32
      8. Run MeiTBSet_STANDARD.reg to update the registry
    11. Panasonic Notification Utility *
      • Run Setup.exe
    12. Concealed Mode Utility *
      • Run Setup.exe
    13. Loupe (Magnification) Utility *
      • Run Setup.exe
    14. Battery Recalibration Utility *
      • Run Setup.exe
    15. Wireless Switch Utility *
      1. Run Delay.reg to update the registry
      2. Run Setup.exe
    16. Wireless Connection Disable Utility *
      • Run Setup.exe
    17. Display Rotation Tool *
      • Run Setup.exe
    18. LAN Driver for Realtek 8139
      • Run Setup.exe
    19. Port Replicator LAN Driver
      • Run Win32\Setup.exe
    20. Bluetooth Stack Driver
      • Run Setup.exe
    21. PC Info Viewer *
      • Run Setup.exe
    22. DMI Viewer
      • Run Setup.exe
    23. Video Driver for Intel 82852/82855 GM/GME Devices
      1. Preparation
        • Be sure there are no other video drivers installed (you will want to start out with just the standard VGA driver)
        • Extract the Intel 82852/82855 video drivers somewhere, but do not install anything
      2. Turn Off the Digital Driver Signing Check
        1. Create a shortcut on the desktop to cmd.exe
        2. Right-click on the shortcut and select "Run as administrator"
        3. When the command window opens, execute the following commands:
          1. bcdedit /set nointegritychecks ON
          2. bcdedit /set loadoptions DDISABLE_INTEGRITY_CHECKS
        4. Reboot
      3. Install the Video Driver
        NOTE: This bit of rigmarole is necessary due to the Intel 82852/82855 device present in the CF-18 mk1; if your Toughbook has a video device that is better supported out-of-the-box in Windows 7, you will likely be able to skip these video driver steps. Without the right video driver setup, though, you won't be able to run the full display resolution.
        1. Open the Device Manager
        2. On the menu, go to Action > Add Legacy Hardware
        3. Acknowledge the initial dialog screen
        4. Select "Install the hardware that I manually select from a list (Advanced)"
        5. Click Next
        6. Select "Display Adapters" and click Next
        7. Click the "Have Disk..." button
        8. Navigate to the path where you extracted the Intel drivers. The ialmnt5.inf file will be in the Win2000 folder
        9. IMPORTANT: Do not select the 82852/82855 GM/GME drivers, select the 945GM driver (yes, this is counter-intuitive)
        10. If prompted to reboot, DO NOT REBOOT
        11. If told the 945 device might not work right, acknowlege the error, then run Action > Scan for Hardware Changes
        12. "Intel(R) 82852/82855 GM/GME Graphics Controllers" and a "Mobile Intel(R) 945GM Express Chipset Family" devices should now be listed under "Display Adapers
        13. Wait for Windows to finish doing its thing installing the drivers in the background. The first time through, there will be a tool tip from the system notification area stating that the 82852/82855 device has been installed, providing a visual indication; on subsequent runs, though, that tool tip might not appear, so watch the system notification area and give it time.
        14. Disable the 945GM device
        15. IMPORTANT: If you do not wait for Windows to complete the driver install process going on in the background prior to disabling the 945GM device, I have seen Windows 7 re-enable a 945GM device that had just been disabled. If the system is rebooted with the 945GM device enabled, Windows 7 will roll the driver back, and you will have to repeat the step.
        16. Reboot
      4. Verify the Video Driver Installation
        1. Upon rebooting, Windows 7 may roll back one or more of your display devices to Standard VGA
        2. Open Device Manager
        3. Check the Display Adapters
        4. If there is only one 82852/82855 GM/GME device, or if there is a new "unknown" device, precisely repeat the above driver installation section (include the instructions for disabling the 945GM device); in the case of an unknown device, run the "Update Driver" action for that device instead of running the generic "Add Legacy Hardware"
        5. When everything is working, you should have "Graphics Properties" and "Graphics Options" menu items in the pop-up menu when you right-click on the desktop
        6. The "Graphics Option" item should have sub-items for display rotation
        7. Reboot and verify that Windows 7 no longer rolls back your display drivers after rebooting
      5. Protect the Video Driver Installation
        1. Go to Control Panel > System and Security > Windows Update
        2. Windows will likely tell you that an important update is available
        3. Click the "important update is available" link (do NOT click "Install updates")
        4. Right-click on the "Intel Corporation - Display - Mobile Intel(R) 945 Express Chipset Family" update
        5. Click "Hide update" from the context menu
        6. If the display driver gets updated to what is currently on Windows Update, the system will revert back to the Standard VGA driver.
      6. NOTE: When using a driver install hack different from the method described here, I have read reports that a system might Blue Screen when using Windows Media Player to play DVD's; however, alternate media players, such as VLC, reportedly do not exhibit this issue. I do not know if this method will have this same problem, but I thought I would mention this workaround in case someone does experience this issue.


    Run Windows Update
    NOTE: Be sure you have protected the video driver as noted in the "Install the Video Driver" section above
    1. Verify that you are connected to the Internet
    2. Go to Start > Control Panel
    3. Click "Windows Update"
    4. In the list of options along the left column, click "Check for Updates"
    5. You will likely see text that "important updates are available" and/or "optional updates are available"
    6. Click either of those to view a list of the individual updates (drivers are usually listed as optional updates)
    7. Select the updates to install
      • Again, remember to exclude the Intel 82852/82855 display adapter
      • As of the time of this writing, the latest version of Realtek's RTL8139 Fast Ethernet driver is not available on Windows Update, so you may want to deselect this driver update if Windows Update still shows the update Publish date as 10/6/2008
        • Realtek
          • Driver Date: 7/23/2009
          • Driver Version: 6.111.723.2009
        • Windows Update
          • Driver Date: 3/31/2008
          • Driver Version: 6.108.331.2008
    8. Click "OK" (in the lower-right corner) once you have selected the updates to install
    9. Click the "Install Updates" button to begin the update process
    NOTE: You may need to repeat the Windows Update process multiple times, especially after a clean install. Sometimes one run of Windows update will subsequently make other updates available. So, when you go back after the first set of updates have installed and and re-check for updates, there might be a few new updates there that hadn't been listed previously.


    Configure and Customize Tablet PC Buttons

    Tablet PC Buttons can be configured by going to Start > Control Panel > Table PC Settings dialog > Buttons tab, but I wanted to do more than what that dialog provides.

    Turn Off Display - I wanted to set the press and hold action for the display rotation button to turn off the screen. Unfortunately, the Tablet PC Settings Control Panel Dialog only allows you to associate the "Turn the display off" action with press and release events. A little registry hack took are of that--
    * Press and Release - Rotate screen
    * Press and Hold - Turn off display

    The simplest way to make these changes is to either download and run the "TabletPCButtonMappings.reg" file that is included in the attached "TabletPCButtonMappings.zip" file or perform it manually as follows:
    * Create a text file and give it a *.reg name (e.g. ButtonConfig.reg)
    * Open the file you just created in a text editor (e.g. Notepad)
    * Copy and paste the contents of the "code" section below in the file
    * Save the file and close the text editor
    * Double-click the file to load the settings into the registry
    * In all likelihood, a permissions prompt will appear - allow permission

    Code:
    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\TabletPC\ButtonMaps\0]
    "ButtonID"=dword:00000001

    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\TabletPC\ButtonMaps\0\PrimaryLandscape]
    "DefAction"=dword:80000006
    "DefHoldAction"=dword:80000002
    "DefHoldActionData"=hex:00,00,00,00

    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\TabletPC\ButtonMaps\0\PrimaryPortrait]
    "DefAction"=dword:80000006
    "DefHoldAction"=dword:80000002
    "DefHoldActionData"=hex:00,00,00,00

    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\TabletPC\ButtonMaps\0\SecondaryLandscape]
    "DefAction"=dword:80000006
    "DefHoldAction"=dword:80000002
    "DefHoldActionData"=hex:00,00,00,00

    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\TabletPC\ButtonMaps\0\SecondaryPortrait]
    "DefAction"=dword:80000006
    "DefHoldAction"=dword:80000002
    "DefHoldActionData"=hex:00,00,00,00

    Lock Workstation - Then, I wanted the the press and hold action for another button to lock the workstation
    1. Select "Start a program" as the action
    2. Enter "rundll32.exe user32.dll,LockWorkStation" (without the quotes) as the program location


    Manage Display Rotation
    There are several different ways to manage display rotation.
    • Video Driver Context Menu
      • Right-click on the desktop
      • In the pop-up menu, navigate to Graphics Options > Rotation
      • Select another rotation setting
    • Video Driver System Notification Area Icon
      • Click on the Intel Extreme Graphics 2 for Mobile icon in the System Notification Area
      • In the pop-up menu, navigate to Graphics Options > Rotation
      • Select another rotation setting
    • Video Driver Hot Keys
      • Test without other programs running to verify that another program does not intercept these hot keys
      • Default hot keys are as follows (think of the arrow as pointing to the TOP of where the screen would be if in Notebook mode):
        • <Control><Alt><Up>
        • <Control><Alt><Down>
        • <Control><Alt><Left>
        • <Control><Alt><Right>
      • To Enable/disable and/or customize these and other display Hot Keys, go to Start > Control Panel > Display > Change Display Settings > Advanced Settings > Intel Extreme Graphics 2 for Mobile tab > Graphics Properties > Hot Keys
    • Tablet PC Buttons
      • To configure, go to Start > Control Panel > Tablet PC Settings > Go to Orientation (link toward the bottom of the dialog)
      • Choose the orientation sequence and click OK
      • Press the screen rotation button on the front panel of the computer
      • Each time the screen rotation button is pressed, the display should rotate to then next rotation angle specified in the orientation sequence
    • Automatic Display Rotation Tool
      • To configure, Right-click on the Display Rotation Tool icon in the System Notification Area
      • Click Settings
      • Select the default angle for both laptop mode and tablet mode
      • Click OK
      • Flip the screen from notebook mode to tablet mode and vice-versa
      • As long as "Keep Angle" has not been selected, the display should automatically rotate to the specified angle

    Normally, the Automatic Display Rotation Tool is already running on boot; however, if it is not, it can be launched from Start > All Programs > Panasonic > Display Rotation Tool. This program will not actually rotate the screen; it will simply launch the utility and load it in the System Notification Area.


    Calibrate the Digitizer
    Some users may have problems with the digitizer's edge action--for example, the mouse pointer won't go all the way over to the right edge, causing problems with the close button, scrollbars, show desktop, and anything else that might be along that edge. One trick I was taught by a WalkAbout (now DRS) tech was to offset the calibration click for the Wacom digitizer.
    NOTE: These steps assume the right edge is the problem edge.
    • Go to Start > Control Panel > Tabelt PC Settings dialog > Display tab
    • Click the "Reset..." button if it is not disabled (need to be in "full" calibration mode [16 calibration points])
    • Click the "Calibrate..." button
    • On the four right-most calibration targets, do NOT click in the dead center of the target; instead,
    • Click the tip of the left line--vertically, your click will still be centered, but horizontally, your click will be offset to the left
    • Click the other 12 calibration targets the same as you normally would

    Picking the optimal offset distance to click can be an inexact science, but for me this calibration method has greatly improved pointer accuracy along the right edge.


    Customize the Windows 7 System Properties Screen
    Special thanks to db04p71 for this tidbit.
    • Download the attached OEMLogo.zip file
    • Copy the included OEMLogo.bmp file to the \Windows\System32 folder
    • Run the included OEMLogo.reg file to update the registry


    Customize the Desktop Wallpaper
    Need a desktop wallpaper to put the finishing touches on your new install? Check out the posts in this thread for some Toughbook-themed wallpaper.
     
  10. Techno Wizzard

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    Ok thanks is it possible to get the driver for the non digitizer models I have installed win 7 on all the toughbooks but the mk1's are very slow. I can dismantle and rebuild no prob but not too up on software. Thanks for your help
     
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