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Upgrading Panasoic Toughbook model CF M34

I have 3 Panasonic CF-M34 acquired at an auction. They have the HDD removed. They will boot up to BIOS and may ask for a password, which I don't have and say, '...Operating System not found'. I try to install Windows XP by using a remote disk drive, but with no way to load the software for it the system reports "PXE-61: Media test failure, check cable..." Catch 22.

I have also acquired the hard drive for this model but when I try to load the software still no joy.

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  • ToughBookee Oct 17, 2008

    I have 3 Panasonic CF-M34 acquired at an auction. They have the HDD removed. They will boot up to BIOS and may ask for a password, which I don't have and say, '...Operating System not found'. I try to install Windows XP by using a remote disk drive, but with no way to load the software for it the system reports "PXE-61: Media test failure, check cable..." Catch 22.

    I have also acquired the hard drive for this model but when I try to load the software still no joy.
    BIOS is compatible with Windows XP

  • ToughBookee Oct 17, 2008

    I have 3 Panasonic CF-M34 acquired at an auction. They have the HDD removed. They will boot up to BIOS and may ask for a password, which I don't have and say, '...Operating System not found'. I try to install Windows XP by using a remote disk drive, but with no way to load the software for the drive, system reports "PXE-61: Media test failure, check cable..." Catch 22.

    The CF-M34 is a small scale laptop and does not have a CD ROM drive.
    I have also acquired the hard drive for this model but when I try to load the software still no joy. BIOS is compatible with Windows XP

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Hi,

Might this help?

Hope that this be of initial idea. Pls post back how things turned up or should you need additional information.

Good luck and kind regards. Thank you for using FixYa.

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Hi tough,

reboot, before it asks for pw hit the F button option for entering BIOS setup. Once in change what ever you want i.e. password boot options etc...


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  • anaanymous Oct 17, 2008

    p.s. the setup F button option screen goes by quickly so be ready to act.



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Hi,
You need to remove the bios password.. In desktop systems you can remove cmos battery from motherboard and clean the password. but in laptops and in other types you need to short the jumpers. for that please click on the below link and follow the image.
http://images.google.co.in/imgres?imgurl=http://www.pcbuyerbeware.co.uk/ClearCMOS.gif&imgrefurl=http://www.pcbuyerbeware.co.uk/ClearBIOS.htm&h=728&w=546&sz=18&hl=en&start=3&um=1&usg=__LxchryVCJTZvmufhnbWSIKWT2Ls=&tbnid=_x_3clEXoNn4oM:&tbnh=141&tbnw=106&prev=/images%3Fq%3DMotherboard%2Bmanuals%2Bfor%2Bjumper%2Bsettings%26um%3D1%26hl%3Den%26client%3Dfirefox-a%26rls%3Dorg.mozilla:en-US:official%26sa%3DG
or else Install operating system from a CD-ROM.. in which you do not require any password.. you better install it from CD-ROM.. Its very easy also..Have any queries, please let me know..
Thank you.........

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First you need to flash the BIOS by disconnecting the battery on the motherboard.
2. Connect the battery again. Go to BIOS. Select the first boot device as CD ROM. Also you have to make sure that the Hard drive is connected to the motherboard and it has to be a primary drive. Also the Hard drive should show in the BIOS.
3. Once done save setting of the BIOS. Also insert the Windows XP installation CD
4. Once the computer restart you will get the option 'Press any key to boot from CD'. We have to be very fast in pressing a key.
5. It will start booting from CD. Accept the licent agreement. Click on fresh install. Format the drive using NTFS Quick and start installation. While installing you will get the window which will ask for regional and language setting. You need to make sure to select correct date and time.
6. In the network wizard select standard and the installation will be successfull.
7. Please go to www.windowsreinstall.com for the different screen you will get during installation.

Thanks.

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You got to have the BIOS password as the laptop is now set to boot from a network, hence why PXE is showing up

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You need to install XP using a CD rom, it wont work from a remote disk.

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    Ginko Oct 17, 2008

    First remove the bios password, to do that you need to remove the cmos battery mounted on the motherboard and put it back.
    Here is a picture of the battery:



    Once you can access the bios, set it up for starting from CD (in boot sequence put CD first), then install Windows from a bootable CD.

    An alternative ismaking the hard disk bootable, and copying into the HDs a copy of all install files, but that is more complicate.

    See also

    Repair4Laptop: How to Upgrade, Repair, Disassemble a Panasonic ...

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    Ginko Oct 17, 2008

    "I try to install Windows XP by using a remote disk drive"

    That won't work, that is all.

    "PXE (pronounce Pixie) is an agent used to boot on to the network

    It's using the DHCP protocol to localise a server where the image of the OS is located

    In order to PXE boot press F12 at startup or configure the boot order in BIOS to display 'Network' before 'Hard Drive C:'

    If, for any reason, the hard drive is not seen the computer will attempt to boot on the network controller.

    That is caused by the hard drive is missing, unplugged or failed "

    That is because you use an external HD to install Windows, and by the way what kind of external HD do you use?

    I amj tired of typing info for askers that do not bother in reading

    bye


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    Ginko Oct 17, 2008

    More, you need the HD to be seen in Bios first, you need to access bios, reset bios password to proceed.

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    Ginko Oct 17, 2008

    If you do not have CD rom you have few choices:

    1 You buy an external CD rom for Panasonic CF-M34, that is difficult to find even on Ebay, but have a look.

    2 you mount the HD on a different laptop, setup system, then mount the HD back on the Thoughbook, install drivers and other stuff using a usb disk.

    3. You find a boot floppy and perform a network installation.

    We are talking here of a laptop that is over five years old, I do not think this laptop has Bios drivers to install the system from a usb removable disk, that is probably the reason why you get the error message.




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    Ginko Oct 17, 2008

    another solution, that will work, and is relatively easy to do, is the following:

    Connect the HD to a different computer, using an adapter or a USB 2.5 HD caddy, Copy the wole content of a Windows XP SP1 , or win ME/98/2000 setup disk on the HD. Do this on all 3 HDs.

    Put back disk inside Pana Thoughbook.
    Start the Toughbookusing a boot CD, then from dos browse the HD and start setup.Exe.

    This wont work on Vista or some XP sp2.

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Ok...well..that may mean that the bios and operating system are incompatible...can you provide the revision of the bios and the operating system and we will see if they match up?

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    A Womans Computer Man Oct 17, 2008

    drive compatibility is rarely solved by attempting to install software that is potentially incompatible with the bios. the equipment you have, may not be compatible. i find the rating to be oddly configured..good luck with this one.

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    A Womans Computer Man Oct 17, 2008

    hmm..best solution...????..did you make that decision, mr asker?

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    A Womans Computer Man Oct 17, 2008

    what type of hard disk to you have`? this is rarely as easy as one might think.

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