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 Post subject: CF-73 TBT GUIDE
PostPosted: Thu Apr 25, 2013 10:26 pm 
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Let’s get this started. Like everything else this is a work in progress.

The CF-73


The CF-73 is a semi rugged Toughbook. The 73 goes though 5 Mk’s all using the Intel Pentium M. Earlier models used DDR1 the later models (Mk4,5) swapped to DDR2. The screen is a 13.3-inch XGA (1024x768 pixel) and external video support up to 2048x1536 on the Mk4/5. The touchscreens are prone to failure like on the later CF-29’s. Two usb ports on the right hand side. SD card is optional.

Like other toughbooks there is some modular swapping that can go on. I have seen aftermarket GPS put in them. I have used the Gobook 2 PCMCIA GPS in one to try it out.


My personal favorite of this series is the Mk3. Mine is maxed out at 1.5 GB of ram, 80Gb 7200 RPM hard drive. It plays F.E.A.R. fine. I have used the Panasonic drivers with out any problems but like the omega drivers better.

The Mk1 to Mk3 CF-73 has a removable ATI video card. I don't know how the Mk4 and Mk5 with integrated graphics are set up internally.

So does this mean you can upgrade graphics?

I haven't tried it. You may be able to upgrade a Mk1 or Mk2 to the ATI 9000 card. I have tried a similar swap on a Clevo CL50. It is a older gaming pc with about the same specs and hardware as the CF-73. Pentium M and ATI 9000 that is removable. And is hooked up to the motherboard in the same way. The upgraded model is the CL56 with ATI 9600. The one I tried it in was a Voodoo M360 based on the CL56. It uses the same case as the CL50. CL56 motherboards are very hard to find. I wanted to get it back working so I purchased a CL50 base model and put it's board in there. I tried to boot it with the ATI9600 card and it wouldn't work. It still works fine with the ATI 9000 card. I never tried to see if there was a bios update.

Pictures of the removable video card

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The CF-73 takes a special caddy just like other toughbooks. It is made of plastic with a thin aluminum cover. With the caddy cable and a silicone case you can make a home made caddy that won't slide out easy. You will have to take the handle off and remove the palm rest cover to do it. Google "down and dirty CF-73 Caddy" or look in the links at the bottom of this first post.

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WHAT'S UNDER THE HOOD?


CPU

CF-73E/F (Mk1) – Intel Pentium M, 1.4 GHz
CF-73J/K (Mk2) -- Intel Pentium M, 1.6GHz
CF-73N/Q (Mk3) -- Intel Pentium M,1.7GHz
CF-73S/T/U (Mk4) -- Intel Pentium M, 1.86GHz
CF-73X/Y (Mk5) -- Intel Pentium M, 2.0 GHz



RAM UPGRADE LIMITS

CF-73E/F (Mk1) -- On-board 256MB or 512MB. Expandable to 768MB or 1,024MB
CF-73J/K (Mk2) -- On-board 256MB or 512MB. Expandable to 768MB or 1,024MB
CF-73N/Q (Mk3) -- On-board 256MB or 512MB. Expandable to 1,280MB or 1,536MB
CF-73S/T/U (Mk4) -- On-board 256MB or 512MB. Expandable to 1,280MB or 1,536MB
CF-73X/Y (Mk5) -- On-board 256MB or 512MB. Expandable to 1,280MB or 1,536MB




LAN

CF-73E/F (Mk1) -- Realtek RTL8139DL 10/100
CF-73J/K (Mk2) -- Realtek RTL8139DL 10/100
CF-73N/Q (Mk3) -- Realtek RTL8139DL 10/100
CF-73S/T/U (Mk4) -- Marvell 88E8053 10/100/1000
CF-73X/Y (Mk5) -- Marvell 88E8053 10/100/1000



SOUND CARD


CF-73E/F (Mk1) -- Sigmatel STAC9767CC1
CF-73J/K (Mk2) -- Sigmatel STAC9767CC1
CF-73N/Q (Mk3) -- Sigmatel STAC9751
CF-73S/T/U (Mk4) -- Sigmatel STAC9751
CF-73X/Y (Mk5) -- Sigmatel STAC9751


CHIPSET


CF-73E/F (Mk1) – Intel 855PM
CF-73J/K (Mk2) – Intel 855PM
CF-73N/Q (Mk3) – Intel 855PM
CF-73S/T/U (Mk4) – Intel 915GM
CF-73X/Y (Mk5) – Intel 915GM



FACTORY WIRELESS CARD


CF-73E (Mk1) -- Intel PRO/Wireless 2100 (802.11b)
CF-73J (Mk2) -- Intel PRO/Wireless 2100 (802.11b)
CF-73N (Mk3) -- Intel PRO/Wireless 2200 (802.11b/g)
CF-73S/U (Mk4) -- Intel PRO/Wireless 2915 (802.11a/b/g)
CF-73X (Mk5) -- Intel PRO/Wireless 2915 (802.11a/b/g)



RAM TYPE


CF-73E/F (Mk1) -- DDR-SDRAM, PC2100
CF-73J/K (Mk2) -- DDR-SDRAM, PC2100
CF-73N/Q (Mk3) -- DDR-SDRAM, PC2700
CF-73S/T/U (Mk4) -- DDR2-SDRAM, PC2 3200
CF-73X/Y (Mk5) -- DDR2 SDRAM, PC2-3200



VIDEO CARD


CF-73E/F (Mk1) -- ATI Technologies Mobility Radeon 7500, 32MB or 64MB VRAM
CF-73J/K (Mk2) -- ATI Technologies Mobility Radeon 7500, 64MB VRAM
CF-73N/Q (Mk3) -- ATI Technologies Mobility Radeon 9000, 64MB VRAM
CF-73S/T/U (Mk4) – Intel 915GMm Unified Memory Access (UMA) up to 128MB
CF-73X/Y (Mk5) – Intel 915GM, Unified Memory Access (UMA) up to 128MB




SWAPS


CF-73 DVD drive can be swapped out between the 74,51 and 52 models. The edge cover is shaped at a angle on the 73 but will still physically work.

I haven't tried a 2 GB stick of ram to see if it would take it, but like on the CF-29. You never know.

The 73 takes the same standard keyboard as the CF-29. You can physically use the rubber backlit and the emissive keyboard for typing but they will not light up with out mods to the 73 and the keyboard.


OPTIONS

WWAN

SD card reader

SMART CARD


ACCESSORIES


AC Adapter (3 pin) CF-AA1653AM

Battery Charger CF-VCBTB1U

ComFolio Universal Carrying Case (large capacity) CF-COMUNIV

ComFolio Universal Jr. Carrying Case CF-COMUNIVJR

Desktop Port Replicator CF-VEB731U

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Mini dock Port Replicator CF-VEBU03U (Serial, Parallel, PS/2)

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DVD Multi Drive (DVD-RAM/DVD-RW/CD-RW**) CF-VDM732U

External USB Floppy Drive CF-VFDU03W

IO Box (Serial Parallel PS/2) CF-VEBU03U

Lithium Ion Battery Pack CF-VZSU26U

Lithium Ion Battery Pack for Multimedia Pocket CF-VZSU1473U

Mobile Data Wireless Display CF-VDW07CHM

Touchscreen Large Stylus with Tether Hole CF-VNP004U

ToughMate CF-73 Sling Carrying Case CF-TM73

13.3" LCD Protector Film CF-VPF05U






WINDOWS 7 INSTALL

The CF-73 only use the Pentium M CPU. It is a 32 bit only CPU so you will be limited to a 32 bit version of windows 7.

You will have problems with ATI Catalyst control center and windows 7. Just extract the files and load the driver through device manager and it will work fine.



(COMING SOON)


WWAN

WWAN BUTTON

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WWAN ANTENNA

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Q and A


What type of PC cards can I use?

Two type I or type II, or one type III. Please note that the following types of card are not supported: ZV card, SRAM card, FLASH ROM card (excluding ATA interface type), and other cards that require 12V of operating voltage.



How do I reinstall my operating system?

To reinstall your operating system, you must have a CD drive in your multimedia pocket [Note: CF-73S/T/U (Mk4) and CF-73X/Y (Mk5) can also boot to an external Panasonic USB CD drive.]




WHAT DO I HAVE?


CF-73XXXXXXX


CPU

E-1.4 Pentium M
J-1.6 Pentium M
N-1.7 Pentium M, Centrino, 802.11b+g
Q-1.7 Pentium M, No Wireless LAN, Federal Only
S-1.86 Pentium M 750, Centrino, 802.11a/b/g
T- 1.86 Pentium M 750, No Wireless LAN, Federal Only
X-2.0 Pentium M, Centrino, 802.11a/b/g
Y-2.0 Pentium M, No Wireless LAN, Federal Only


LCD

C-13.3” XGA – TouchScreen
3-13.3” XGA – Non Touch



HDD-RAM


K- 40GB, 256MB ram,32MB Vram
N- 40GB, 512MB ram,32MB Vram
L- 40GB, 256MB ram,64MB Vram
P- 40GB, 512MB ram,64MB Vram
Q- 60GB, 512MB ram,64MB Vram
R- 80GB, 512MB ram,64MB Vram
U- 60GB, 256MB ram,128MB Vram
V- 40GB, 512MB ram,128MB Vram




MULTIMEDIA POCKET

T – DVD/CD-RW – MODEM – ETHERNET
V – DVD-MODEM-ETHERNET
S - DVD RAM-MODEM-ETHERNET
A - DVD/CD-RW-MODEM-ETHERNET+SMART CARD



INTEGRATED OPTIONS

X – 801.11 WIRELESS LAN ONLY
A – EVDO (SPRINT)
C – EVDO (VERIZON)
E – GPRS (US1) – 802.11 WIRELESS LAN
F – EDGE (CINGULAR) (UP TO PENTIUM M .17 = AT&T GPRS)
G – GPRS (US 3) – 802.11 WIRELESS LAN
H – GPRS (T-MOBILE) – 802.11 WIRELESS LAN
J – CDMA 1xRTT (VERIZON – NO VOICE SUPPORT)
L – CDMA 1xRTT (VERIZON)
K – CDMA 1Xrtt (SPRINT)
S – SD CARD SLOT
N – NO WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS



OPERATING SYSTEM

B – XP PRO, SP2
D – WIN 2000
K – XP PRO

DESTINATION

M – NORTH AMERICA


THE BELOW IS TAKEN FROM THE CF-18 TBT GUIDE FOR REFERENCE ONLY

THESE WERE MADE IN THE SAME TIME FRAME AS THE CF-18 AND THE CODES MAY OR MAY NOT BE ACCURATE FOR THIS MODEL


Destination
M-North America
E - non North America (U.K.)
F - non North America (FRANCE)
G - non North America (GERMANY)
P - non North America (SPAIN)
S - non North America (SWEDEN)
T - non North America (ITALY)
L = Belgium
H = Hungary
K = Turkey
N = Norwegian
4 = Slovenia
5 = Portugal
6 = Greece
7 = Czechoslovakia/Republic
W = Mixed Specification....e.g. a Spanish Keyboard with a US AC cord


(Credit: CF-18 Tablet - ToughWiki) http://toughwiki.com/index.php?title=CF-18_Tablet


Customer Special Configuration:

When a customer orders multiple units of the same configuration they are designated a Panasonic Customer Configuration Number which replaces the fourth & fifth letters in the standard model number.

In the event of the same customer ordering multiple units of different configurations, they are designated additional Customer Configuration Numbers....These configurations are not available in the Panasonic Configurator....these units can often be of a standard configuration with subtle additions such as external hardware....or more significant such as a non-standard Bios that disables the use of WLAN/Bluetooth/Modem.

A Customer Configuration is just that....tailored to the customers needs.

Example; CF-18xxx90xx....This number (90) is designated to Toyota (US)....the full model number is not available in the Panasonic Configurator....so the configuration....subtle or otherwise, is unknown!!

Partial List:

Zurich Finance (UK)
25

Yorkshire Water (UK)
26
29

Romec (UK)
34

Iveco (UK)
40

Steris (US)
45

Thames Water (UK)
53

Iveco (Italy)
55

Dubai Police
57

Philip Morris (Turkey)
58

Anglian Water (UK)
62

Jaguar (UK)
65
66
89

Ford (UK)
68
69

Verizon (US)
00
70
71
72

Tennent (US)
73

AT&T (US)
83
85

Coca-Cola (UK)
87

Toyota (US)
90
91

US Army (Germany)
93

Hyundai
94

Severn Trent Water (UK)
96

Aston Martin (UK)
97

Belgian Government
99

There MUST be others.... (CREDIT: ORANGE GEORGE)




GPS MOD


GOBOOK 2 GPS MOD

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SD CARD READER

Only found on certain models, you may need two registery entry's in windows XP for it to work on over 2gb cards.

http://forum.notebookreview.com/panasonic/458050-sd-card-cf-29-a.html

Registry file one http://support.microsoft.com/kb/923293

Registry file two http://support.microsoft.com/kb/934428%20For%20greater%20than%204gb%20sdhc



LINKS


http://www.tim.id.au/blog/tims-laptop-service-manuals/#toc-panasonic

http://forum.notebookreview.com/panasonic/648380-down-dirty-cf-73-caddy.html

http://toughbook.wikispaces.com/cf-73

http://www.egmont.com.pl/toughbook/katalog/Spec_Sheet_cf-73_en.pdf

http://www.panasonic.com/business/toughbook/computer-support-faqs.asp?f=73

http://www.omegadrivers.net/

http://www.toughbookxchange.com/Panasonic-Toughbook-Specifications/Panasonic-Toughbook-CF-73.pdf

http://forum.notebookreview.com/panasonic/698146-what-does-cf-73-hidden-button-do.html

http://forum.notebookreview.com/panasonic/417877-adding-aftermarket-internal-gps-cf-73-a.html

http://www.panasonic.ru/images/includes/toughbook-obzor/manuals/48013_gabor_engl_210x297.pdf

http://www.usatcorp.com/images/products/panasonic/73_spec.pdf

http://www.protsys.com/PDF/Toughbook_models/ToughBook_73.pdf





(MORE COMING SOON)(collecting pictures to go with it. May 3, 2013)

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 Post subject: Re: CF-73 TBT GUIDE
PostPosted: Fri Apr 26, 2013 5:50 am 
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Good work Paul....

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 Post subject: Re: CF-73 TBT GUIDE
PostPosted: Fri Apr 26, 2013 8:53 am 
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Good lord Paul!

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 Post subject: Re: CF-73 TBT GUIDE
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Small update, added some pictures.

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