Hi I am new and a bit of a novice but know this is where to find help in upgrading my cf-31. I bought it from Ray for $2700, re-manufactured. It was half the price compared to buying one in Ausie. I have contacted the local Panasonic resalers for help but due to the fact I imported from the USA and I am not a service agent they will not help, sell parts to me even if I paid them to install them.
It's a CF-31ATAAXPM and I would like to install these items:
I bought 8GB Kingston Hyperx ram and an intel 510 SSD 250 GB but (my mistake) the voltage for the SSD is 5V where the cf-31 is 3.5V. I saw on a forum where a guy in Japan had installed the same by cutting two of the pins off, I'm not so sure about doing this since the SSD was expensive - any ideas or will I have to buy another SSD?
With the GOBI I checked out the Sierra web site and there are new ones out which can do GOBI4 with built in GPS. Is it just case of getting one of these and putting it in or is there specific software/firmware required? I looked around and most of the cards are superseded. Also Where would I get the antennae for this Toughbook for the same?
Is it possible to buy a Web Cam and FireWire port and where from?
I don't want to make any more mistakes like the SSD but would like to install the items all at the same time. I will install dual boot with XP Pro 64 and Windows 7 Ultimate. I need the XP for talking to older controllers. Which brings me to the use of the beast machine. I am a HVAC and controls (BMS) Technician working on a site with 500 buildings. My company makes us use PDAs (one finger typing) so if I had wireless fast internet it would remove the PDA. I would be able to connect to a base PC which has access to all of the BMS for most of the buildings and download/view floor plans for places that I am not familiar with - floor plans and A/C duct layouts etc. Then at home I have two external full HD TV tuners via FireWire. It would be really cool if I could install a USB3 port too instead of using PC card.
I would rather spend the money now and get the full use with the latest gear than wait a few years like my old Travemate 8200. I appreciate any help you could provide on the many questions I have asked.