WTB CF28 parts - hinges, feet, cables, keyboard, WiFi, GPS

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  1. AnotherMike

    AnotherMike Newbie

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    I use a CF-28 to program two-way radios - I'm a semi-retired 2-way systems engineer.
    Model number is CF-28STJG8KM, but it has 768MB and a 30gb drive.

    I volunteer with several groups on their 2-way radios including SAR and CERT.
    The CF28 is solid as a rock technically except the WiFi does not work (if it ever had it).

    Physically it's showing its age...

    I need the hinges and screws for the rear ports cover. One is missing, the other is bent. Duct tape makes a usable hinge but someone "out there" has to have a set, or a replacement cover with the hinges.

    I need a full set of rubber feet. Right now I carry a guest towel in the laptop bag to set the Toughbook on and avoid scratching the furniture.

    I need the little white rectangle piece that attaches the keytop to the function key.
    My F6 keycap is scotch-taped down to the palmrest (so it won't get lost), the F6 key works, but the white rectangular piece is broken. The keyboard is grey and white.

    If it has WiFi it does not work. It it doesn't have that option I'd like to add it.

    What options fit into the large hollow area under the battery?

    What is the largest hard drive that is available and will fit into the caddy?
    When the hard drive fails is there a reasonable way to convert to SATA or an SSD ?

    And if anyone has the pieces lying around like to add GPS to both this CF28 and to my CF30 (CF-30KQPAQ2M - a Mark 3 unit).

    And as long as I am posting this... I'd appreciate some XP help...
    Some of the radio software is windows, some is MS-DOS (for the older radios that just refuse to die).
    Right now the CF28 boots into WinXP, and I use an MS-DOS bootable floppy to boot into DOS.
    The HD is partitioned into a C: volume (all but 5gb) and a D: volume (5gb, FAT32).
    The DOS programs live on the D: volume.
    If I had the option to select XP or DOS at boot then I can stop worrying about the USB stick getting lost or overwritten (or fail with zero notice - which has happened).
    If anyone knows how to edit the boot.ini file to add an MS-DOS option I'd like
    to get a few pointers on how to do it and avoid having to reinvent the wheel.

    Thanks in advance for any parts, and help.

    Mike
     
  2. kschewe

    kschewe Notebook Consultant

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    First suggestion is maybe look for a whole new machine. I seem them listed on auction sites for fairly cheap for the cf-28 if you live in north america.
    I would also buy a ssd hard drive. they come in ide also. I have a 128gb in a pentium 2 laptop. makes a huge difference.
    I partitioned the drive in many partitions and have a few different o/s on it. Its a bit of work though
     
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  3. Springfield

    Springfield Notebook Deity

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    Do you live in the USA? If so I may be able to help.
     
  4. Springfield

    Springfield Notebook Deity

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    For boot selection of older OS I'd suggest the Plop boot manager https://www.plop.at/en/bootmanager/intro.html

    You can load it onto a bootable disk, CD, or USB stick, and either boot from that or install it onto your hard drive and it will allow OSD selection every time you boot. It has built-in USB and CD drivers, so can access other boot media if needed - a nifty boot tool.
     
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