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I have tried several times with three disks to freshly install Win XP and then twice to load Ubuntu Linux on a Panasonic Toughbook CF-50, but each time once it restarts (as normal) it goes back to the beginning and reloads the os. Is this a BIOS issue?

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It's not uncommon to have problems during install due to ACPI (Advanced Configuration and Power Interface) I'm not sure about installing XP (in the Army we always had a custom-built image we used) but to get Linux installed (currently posting this from my CF50-J with Ubuntu 10.10 installed) I had to disable all the automatic system management stuff at boot time (APIC, ACPI, APM, etc) then I was able to boot into the installer. You may also want to check in to upgrading the RAM, since some of the CF-50's (like mine) shipped with a paltry 265MB of RAM. I can only imagine how much of a crimp that must put in the OS install process. (I found a 1GB ram chip that works in this system, and it's made a huge difference)

Just be patient when you're working with this dinosaur. She's a slow old girl, but don't let her arthritis and creaky bones fool you; she still packs a punch. Great battery life and rugged construction still maker the Toughbook CF-50 a solid everyday laptop.

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