Question about Panasonic TOUGHBOOK CF-18 Tablet PC
I have a Panasonic TOUGHBOOK CF-18 and when you turn it on you see the intial Panasonic screen and then it goes to a blank screen with a flashing cursor and thats as far as it will go. If you hit F2 while the Panasonic screen is visible you can get into the setup utility but I don't know what to do from there, if anything. Any suggestions about what is wrong?
Toughbook CF18, CF-18
How to remove the BIOS Supervisor Password:
Open all covers and openings. Remove hard drive and battery. Remove bottom of notebook. Many many tiny screws.
Now look towards the rear of the notebook. You will see 2 plugs both have a red and black wires. The one with the much smaller wires and connector is the BIOS battery. Use a pair of needle nose pliers and remove this plug.
Leave it off for 5-15 minutes.
Leave the BIOS battery plug off. Replace the laptop's main battery. Leave the hard drive out. Turn the unit over and turn it on.
Press F2 when the screen comes up. POOF! NO PASSWORD!
Go to Security and disable the password. Save configuration. Turn off the notebook. Replace the small connector. Turn it back over and turn it back on. Press F2 and verify that there is no password. Go to Security and Disable the password again. Save the configuration.
Put the bottom back on. You're done.
NOW FOR THE BAD NEWS!!!
Your hard drive is now dead. Replace it. When a supervisor password is used it locks the hard drive to that password. There is NO WAY to recover the hard drive. It is called an ATA security password. Without the ATA password the hard drive is completely useless.
Posted on Oct 10, 2009
XP can not be installed from usb as the bios does not enable it. Plug the ide hard drive into an older desktop system and install from boot on cd. Once all files are copied over then you need to copy the i386 folder over from the cd. Reinstall the hard drive into the toughbook and carry on the install from there.
Posted on Mar 15, 2010
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