Question about Panasonic Toughbook CF-29 Notebook
The cd rom drive on the CF-29 is a modular, removable drive.
When you open the left side cover, the cover has a small square symbol which is "MP". MP stands for Multimedia Pocket which is what Panasonic calls the drive bay where is the cd rom drive is installed. On the bottom of the Toughbook is a sliding cover which has a left arrow sysmbol <MP RELEASE which stands for Multimedia Pocket Release. If you slide this cover completely to the right side and the left side cover is open, then you will see a new switch which you push to the left side. This will release whatever drive is in the multimedia pocket and this can be replaced by a CDRW/DVD Drive. The approx. cost of the drive should be maximum $50 for a used drive plus taxes and shipping. At least this is how much we charge for a CDRW/DVD Drive.
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Posted on Oct 02, 2017
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: Panasonic Toughbook CF-27
You need to access the bios, and set the boot order properly.
What kind of external cd drive is it? If it's usb, I've never had any luck getting the system to actually load off of one. The CF-27 came with a pcmcia optical drive, which works pretty well.
I've got a couple of cf-27 cd roms which take the same slot as the floppy. Loaded XP on one of ours.
Posted on Oct 27, 2007
you have to remove or unplug the cmos battery which is attached to the motherboard inside the laptop, doing this will clear all passwords. If the password clears replace the battery.
Here is some more usefull info if you want to this yourself>
The guts of the machine are usually under the keyboard. If you are okaywith opening up the laptop, you'll need to remove a few screws, thebattery and the hard drive, then carefully pry up the keyboard to gainaccess to the items that the manufacturers say you shouldn't tamperwith. If its just a matter of getting into the bios and theres apassword, you can usually simply remove the battery and leave itwithout power for at least 24hours, then it should reset....doesn'talways work but since most laptops actually do not have a standard cmosbattery, this would be one way to go about it. Of course you could justtry to figure out what the password is, someone has to have put it inthere so they should know what it is, or you could go to http://tcc.toughbook.com/ and get the bios update, which will reset it completely.
Posted on Nov 15, 2008
Here you , this is a step by step disassembly guide with pictures
Its for a Toughbook CF-50 but it should be similar as theres not too much difference in the model number
Posted on Jan 04, 2009
1 - Using a stack of DVD RW blank disks, or a large capacity USB Flash/Jump Drive, back up your Laptop computer completely. If necessary, Use WinZIP to ensue that everything has been compressed into the smallest capacity possible.
2 - When you are certain that you have backed up the drive completely, remove the older drive
3 - Line up the new drive and the old drive and ensure the jumpers are set to the same settings as they were set on the older HDD.
4 - Once you are sure, you then restore everything from the back-up drive for the old hdd to the new disk drive.
5 - Test to ensure that everything from the old drive has been backed up from the old drive to the new drive.
6 - If you are comfortable that your backup has been completly restored from the backup meda to the new, larger hard drive, then be certain that you have restored from the older drive to the new drive, tighten all screws and cables, then close all ports and ensure that everything has been done properly by and for you.
7 - Be certain that you have created the same user accounts in the new drive as you had on the older drive.
8 - Now, power off the new drive while in the laptop. Wait about 30 seconds to one minute, then restart the new hard disk drive.
9 Test everything, to be sure that everything works properly. Go through everything from the top of the menu to the bottom of the menu. Try all accessories, try all applications. Ensure that all works right and that the applications work as they used to work, when it was on the old drive.
10 - Remember, you have a warranty on the new HDD, so be sure that you have tested everything to ensure that it all works properly, before you sign off on this new drive.
11 - Once you are certain that it all works correctly, you can then be sure that it is working properly and competely, because only you know if things are working correctly as they should be.
12 - Then you can sign off and you can be sure that things work properly.
13 - As carpenters say ... measure twice; cut once. You can only do this one time, so if you measure it more than one tim, you can be certain that you will get it done correctly and be happy that you did it right. from beginning to end.
Have fun. Don't be too serious about it, but do be careful, and get it right. Remember, get it right the first time, and you will be pleased with the results at the end.
Posted on Jun 22, 2009
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