I recently bought an old CF-25 Panasonic Toughbook for my son.
Then I realized that it only has 4GG HDD, and am hoping to put larger HDD and possibly a little more to speed it up. It was cheap and came with Windows 98. What is possible that you would suggest to upgrade this old but kinda nice laptop?
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When you swapped out the Hard Disk Drive
of the Panasonic Toughbook CF52 it is very
importatnt that you did not "hot" swap the HDD
but that you turned off the unit with a full shutdown
and unplugged it as well.
Once you removed the Hard Disk Drive (HDD)
I am assuming that you replaced the drive with
another drive that had a proper operating system
already installed. If not, then of course nothing
happened since you replaced the HDD with a blank
or unformatted HDD.
One way to verify if the replacement Hard Drive
is recognized by the Toughbook is to go into
the BIOS by pressing the F2 function key and
checking the size or capacity of the replacement
Hard Disk Drive. If it shows the proper value,
then the HDD is recognized at the Hardware Level.
If it shows HDD as None or Zero then the replacement
HDD is NOT recognized and you have to try a different
drive which is functional.
Richard - Montreal Based
Panasonic Canada Toughbook Authorized Dealer since 1989
had same problem with loading win xp proff on cf 74 toughbook mk1. soution for me was downloading sata hdd controller from panasonic toughbook support site, loading the driver onto floppy drive, using usb floppy with driver ready to use, loading win xp profesional and on first loading win screen pressing f6 when prompted at beginning of win intallation, when on screen instructions to load sata driver appeared, i followed on screen instructions and loaded 3rd option from floppy sata drive mobile driver, left usb installed untill xp loaded and running, do not remove usb floppy untill win loaded, i really hope this helps you
If i understand you correctly you bought a laptop out of the trunk of a car. You could try here for info:http://www.panasonic.com/business/toughbook/business-rugged-toughbook-C1-convertible-tablet-pc.asp
Go to Crucial or Viking or any memory company on the web, type in your model number, and they will provide the proper memory module advice. You can remove the cover from the HDD on the bottom of the toughbook, and inspect the current disk to determine if it is SATA or not. I would check the manufacturer and series (model) and see if they had a larger in the same series. It will be labeled if it is SATA or EIDE, and you would get the same in a larger internal size. tom
Just get a basic 56k modem card with driver, get it working (by properly installing the driver) and you have dial up. Or get a network card with an RJ-45 port with software driver, install/configure it and hook it up to your dsl modem or networking hub. Don't expect too much though, CF-25's were generally 100-120 mhz Pentiums. Not really what I would use for the internet. Too slow for an antivirus program these days. Most computers get infected sooner or later with no protection and then you're trying to fix that. A pentium 3 would be a much better laptop for internet.
The BIOS may not support the larger drive at all; I suggest you look for a Toughbook forum and repost there and check Panasonic's site for a manual download and possibly a BIOS upgrade if the unit is equipped with a flash BIOS.