Toughbook CF-30K

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  1. tvb2727

    tvb2727 Newbie

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    My COA says: Windows Vista Business. So the Recovery DVD's should work? Probably not a bad idea to have them anyways.
     
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    toughasnails Toughbook Moderator Moderator

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    I have never had any problems when I use the restore disk and it only takes about 30 minutes :D
     
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    TopCop1988 Toughbook Aficionado

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    Grab `em quick!

    Panasonic CF-30 Toughbook Recovery DVDs

    2-DVD set delivered along with a Toughbook CF-30 laptop computer. Still in unopened sleeves.

    These DVDs came with a laptop with model number CF-30K

    ○ factory original discs, with OS and drivers.
    ○ Disc Labeled: Windows XP Professional SP 2 MK3-XP2M
    ○ Disc Labeled: Windows Vista Business SP 1 MK3-VB1M
     
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    John229 Notebook Geek

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    Check BIOS to see if there is a SATA native mode and disable it. Win 7 and Linux have the drivers to support it. I've run into this with installing XP on various laptops with SATA. The best way to get the OS is via a Recovery Disk as the required driver(s) have been patched in. ;)
     
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    Well, bought me a CF-30k restore disk and everything is working perfectly now. It restored everything without any issues. Thanks again :)
     
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    TopCop1988 Toughbook Aficionado

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    As always, the factory Panasonic Product Recovery Disk Set is worth the money! :)
     
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    Well a little late now but I think that in order to run XP on a CF-30 MK3 you need to downgrade the bios. On the MK1 you have to upgrade the bios for vista /w7 but if you put XP back on you must down grade the bios. Maybe that was the problem.

    update:
    That is only required on the MK 1 and MK 2 versions , thank you Rusty for the info.
     
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    John229 Notebook Geek

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    Well, I haven't worked on any TB with a SATA drive, but the five 'Other Brands' laptops I have that were SATA equipped had issues that ended up either using a restore disk for that make and model (best option) or changing the SATA mode in BIOS.
     
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    rjenkins Notebook Consultant

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    I had exactly the same thing recently.

    I found the appropriate SATA install driver, but could not get it to both boot and install using a USB floppy for the driver disk.

    I ended up adding the driver to the XP SP3 OEM disk I was installing, using 'nLite'.

    That then installed perfectly.

    I did not want to change anything else on the machine, as the whole point was to be able to swap between W7 and XP by exchanging hard drive caddies.
     
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