What rugged toughbooks have parallel (db25 printer) ports?

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  1. Michael AU

    Michael AU Notebook Enthusiast

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    Long time lurker but just joined because my CF-29 Mark 4 has given up the ghost. I bought it years ago because some programs I have, and still use, require a parallel port (for a security dongle) to work. I'm a mechanic by trade and used it for tuning engines primarily but also diagnosis of automotive systems. I have looked at various sites in Australia (where I am located) and it seems the supply of cf-29 toughbooks has dried up here. So I am looking for another rugged toughbook that has a parallel port and just need to know what models to look for.

    A little bit more information on my current, now deceased, cf-29. It has 2 hard drives, 1 with FreeDOS and Windows 7 and another (SSD) with Windows 10 that I swap about as required. If possible I'd like to be able to get a laptop that has native SATA connectivity as well as the parallel port but the SATA connectivity isn't as important as the parallel port.

    Any and all suggestions gratefully received.
     
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    Shawn Crackpot Search Ninja and Options Whore

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    You may need to stick with a CF29 to get a parallel port.
    I will contact a fellow member who more than likely has nice one.
    @SHEEPMAN!
     
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    Thanks Shawn
     
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    Yeppers. A Very nice Mk4....LTQGZBM 180 hours.
    Samsung 160HC, 1.5 ram
    Linux Mint LMDE
    Custom GPS on WWAN corner.

    There's another one around here. A N3*****. 2 Gb ram. Let me look for it.

    Here's a LBLGZBM 13,300 TOUCHSCREEN 2 G ram.....still looking. EndEdit
     
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    Sheepman has nice stuff, but if SATA is important enough, there are USB to parallel port dongles too. Just another option, but usually the dongle is about 6 to 8 inches long. Hanging out of USB port may not be what you want. Also some brands work better than others.
     
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    Michael AU Notebook Enthusiast

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    @SHEEPMAN! I'm interested in the Mark 4.
    What's the LBLGZBM 13,300 TOUCHSCREEN 2 G ram?

    Just as an aside I like Linux and even have my own distro called Cobber, that is being tested on a few machines. In my, very limited toughbook, experience the cf-29 does pretty well with Linux.

    @ theoak2 sata is a wishlist item simply because my cf-29 was slow on Windows 7 with the IDE but it went really well with Windows 10 on the sata SSD. There are adaptors, which I used in my cf-29, but things like that add extra failure points. I have tried USB to parallel adapters before and for Kalmaker (the program which has the security dongle I need it for) I couldn't get them to work. This was a few years ago (about 10) so I am open to suggestions if the technology has been improved.
     
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    I have heard of that issue before with various dongles on USB converted ports.
    That's a CF-29LBLGZBM. You need to learn Jeffspeak. :D:p Sheepman = Jeff.
     
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    Yep, never been able to get one to work. Have read people say they do but when asked make and model details become very sketchy.
    Hmmmm, ok mental note to self learn jeffspeak.
     
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    The LBL is a non-touch converted to touchscreen. Non touch come with 256 onboard ram v.s. 512 for touchscreen units, enabling the use of two GB ram for the non-touch MK 4/5's.
    1. New touch-panel eliminates issues with de-lamination. TSPCB added.
    2. Very clean with backlit-chiclet keyboard. (BLKB)
    3. No WWAN...single pass-through probably wired to WLAN????

    My written verbiage has deteriorated as the planet converts to text/speak. Also I don't explain everything clearly as I figure the search box is right up there /\. :)

    The MK5 continues to elude me. It might be in a box somewhere.
     
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    @SHEEPMAN! How much have you got on these items you have listed so far and the mark 5?
     
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