upgrading a cf-54?

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  1. SgtOtaku7

    SgtOtaku7 Newbie

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    I recently bought a used police Toughbook CF-54 with fairly basic specs, and I'm hoping to upgrade it a ton. It came with a bad screen, but shockingly, my screen from my 2013 alienware 14 laptop is working like a champ in the toughbook (and it upgraded the toughbook to a 1080p matte screen) so that all works. I've done a little bit of research, and I have the SIM slot and antennae for WWAN (NO GPS), and thats really the only extra it seems to be prepped for.
    What I want to add is WWAN, Fingerprint reader, and second battery.
    So my questions go like this: can i drop a same-model WWAN card in this laptop and a SIM card and have it just work after finding the correct code to put in the BIOS? And what carriers work with the toughbook?
    Does the same go for installing a fingerprint reader?
    How can i verify that my optical drive slot is set up for a battery vs data? (it has the light on the front by the handle, but I have no idea if that really means anything)

    I'm sure I will end up asking more questions moving forward, but this is where I'm starting.
    thanks, everyone!
     
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  2. Shawn

    Shawn Crackpot Search Ninja and Options Whore

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    If it is like other Toughbooks a WWAN card from any Toughbook should work.
     
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  3. Toughbook

    Toughbook Drop and Give Me 20!

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    As Shawn said... Just drop a WWAN card from another Toughbook in there and then go into the BIOS to make needed changes. I hate fingerprint readers as I always seem to have a new scratch, scrape or dirty fingers when I want to get in... I'd forget the fingerprint reader...
     
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  4. safn1949

    safn1949 I'm sure I'm on the wrong planet

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    My fingers have been through the mill as a former GM Tech so I agree, no fingerprint reader.
     
  5. toughasnails

    toughasnails Toughbook Moderator Moderator

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    I've had them in my 30, 51, 52 and they are a pain in the butt. Your hands have gotta be clean or it just won't work.
     
  6. BaRRmaley

    BaRRmaley Notebook Deity

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    I'm already used to the windows hello ir camera. Must have option, want it on my fz-m1 :)
     
  7. towelie

    towelie Notebook Geek

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    Not everything can be easily swapped though, i tried upgrading the basic screen to full HD and it would not boot in windows unless using no drivers for video.
     
  8. Toughbook

    Toughbook Drop and Give Me 20!

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    The upgrade you want is the FZ-55! ;)
     
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  9. Frylock83

    Frylock83 Notebook Enthusiast

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    Wow man that's awsome that you were able to upgrade the screen. I recently got a cf-53 that id like to replace the screen because its also bad , do you know the model number of the screen i would be interested in looking into it to replace/upgrade mine. also any issues with the drivers after you replaced the screen?
     
  10. hemachayart

    hemachayart Notebook Guru

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    Wifi 6E on CF-54 MK2
     
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