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Panasonic CF-M34 upgrade

These laptops are police surplus and so the hard drive was removed.  two are w/o password and one has a BIOS password.  I understand that the password can be reset by removing the CMOS battery.  My problem is in installing a new hard drive and software.  The system does not acknowledge the new hard drive or respond to my attempts to load software (Windows XP) with a USB connected CD-ROM drive. It would be helpful if you have experience with Toughbooks, since this model comes w/ a floppy drive but w/o a  disk drive.
Your efforts to help are very much appreciated.  I just hope that you enjoy a real challenge.

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I know those units. worked on some in <LA..the issue here is that the board level bios chips were special, and had a security code installed. the reason was to ensure that no one could hack them. the hard drives must be identical to those that were removed. is that the case?

and this sort of thing is a higher level of work, than fixya compensates for.

let me know what you wish to do.

Posted on Oct 18, 2008

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