Toughbook Specs




THE CF-29 Panasonic Toughbook (CF-30 info below)

PDF datasheet for CF-29 mk4

Panasonic Toughbook Configurator


The CF-29 is now discontinued and superceeded by the CF-30

PDF datasheet for CF-29 mk4

Panasonic Toughbook Configurator click "discontinued models" for info on the CF-29 configurations. Note you must use Internet Explorer to use the site, it doesn't work on Firefox.


CF-29 Model Breakdown
Mark Model CPU RAM HD Notes
Mk 1 29C, 29D Pentium mobile 1.2GHz ULV 256MB onboard
1.2GB max
DDR-1 PC-2700
2.5" IDE/PATA D = no WiFi*
Mk 2 29E, 29F Pentium mobile 718 1.3Ghz 256MB onboard
1.2GB max
DDR-1 PC-2700
2.5" IDE/PATA F = no WiFi*
Mk 3 29H, 29J Pentium mobile 738 1.4GHz
2.5" IDE/PATA J = no WiFi*
Mk 4 29L, 29M Pentium mobile 778 1.6GHz 512MB onboard
1.5GB max
DDR-2 PC-3200
2.5" IDE/PATA M = no WiFi*
Mk 5 29N, 29P Pentium mobile 778 1.6GHz
2.5" IDE/PATA P = no WiFi*
  • = no WiFi, but miniPCI slot is open to add a card. **are the antenna leads present?**


Model nomenclature

CF-29 C T T G Z K M
Model Generation
C/D: mk1
E/F: mk2
H/J: mk3
L/M: mk4
N/P: mk5
LCD & Keyboard
3: 13.3" XGA
4: 13.3" XGA, w/rubber backlit kb
5: 13.3" XGA, dual connector
6: 13.3" XGA, w/rubber backlit kb - dual connector
A: 13.3" XGA, TS, emissive backlit kb
B: 13.3" XGA, emissive backlit kb
C: 13.3" XGA, TS, emissive backlit kb - dual connector
D: 13.3" XGA, emissve backlit kb - dual connector
M: 12.1" SVGA TS, backlit kb - dual connector
N: 13.3" XGA, TS, rubber backlit kb - dual connector
P: 12.1" XVGA TS, dual connector
Q: 13.3" XGA TS, dual connector
R: 12.1" SVGA TS
S: 12.1" SVGA TS, rubber backlit kb
T: 13.3" XGA TS
U: 13.3" XGA TS, SMK backlit kb
W: 13.3" XGA TS, rubber backlit kb
HD & on-board RAM
K: 40GB HD & 256MB RAM
L: 60GB HD & 256MB RAM
N: 40GB HD & 512MB RAM
P: 60GB HD & 512MB RAM
Q: 80GB HD & 512MB RAM
T: 40GB HD & 256MB RAM & Smartcard
U: 60GB HD & 512MB RAM & Smartcard
V: 60GB HD & 256MB RAM & Smartcard
W: 80GB HD & 512MB RAM & Smartcard
1: 40GB HD & 256MB RAM, Intrinsically safe
2: 60GB HD & 512MB RAM, Intrinsically safe
3: 60GB HD & 256MB RAM, Intrinsically safe
4: 80GB HD & 512MB RAM, Intrinsically safe
Media, LAN & BT
0: Floppy & Ethernet
A: Ethernet
B: DVD, Ethernet, BT
C: Floppy, Ethernet, BT
D: CD, Ethernet, BT
E: CDRW, Ethernet, BT
G: Floppy, Ethernet
H: DVD, Ethernet
K: CD, Ethernet
L: CDRW, Ethernet
M: Floppy, test interface
N: Floppy, HDD & battery security screws
WWAN & GPS
5: Salt Resistant
A: EVDO Sprint
<1.2GHz: CDPD
B: GPS
C: EVDO Verizon
<1.3GHz: 1xRTT
D: CDMA Sprint
E: CDMA Alltel & GPS
<1.3GHz: GPRS AT&T
F: GPRS Cingular
G: GPRS T-Mobile
J: CDMA Verizon & GPS
K: CDMA Sprint & GPS
L: GPRS AT&T & GPS
M: GPRS Cingular & GPS
N: EVDO Sprint & GPS
<1.3GHz: GPRS T-Mobile
P: EVDO Verizon & GPS
<1.2GHz: CDPD & GPS
R: CDMA Verizon, no voice
S: CDMA Verizon, no voice & GPS
T: EDGE Cingular
U: EDGE Cingular & GPS
V: CDMA Alltel
W: Wireless ready & GPS
X: Wireless ready
Operating System
B: WinXP Pro SP2
D: Windows 2000
G: WinXP Pro MUI
K: WinXP Pro
Z: None
Country
E: U.K.
F: France
G: Germany
M: USA & Canada
P: Spain
S: Sweden
T: Italy

Drivers

Panasonic (Japan) site for CF-29 Toughbook drivers: https://eww.pavc.panasonic.co.jp/pc/itn/drivers/d_menu_en.html#CF-29

For alternatives, visit the Main Page:Drivers on the main page.


Service Manuals

Generic service manual: Panasonic Part #CPD0604068C1


Addendums
CPD0311005P0: Parts Change Notice
CPD0403001S0: Supplement 1

Mods & Upgrades

Bluetooth

Bluetooth OEM manual

Model Description Price Notes
CF-WBT291R Retrofit Bluetooth $306 MSRP
CF-WBT292R Retrofit Bluetooth for mk4 & mk5 $275 MSRP

Display

Model Description Price Notes
CF-VPF05U 13.3" screen protector $79.00 MSRP

GPS

CF-29 aftermarket GPS by Black HawkToughbooks


CF-29 GPS units
Model Description Price Picture Notes
CF-WGP291R GPS Retrofit $500 MSRP

CF-WGP292R WAAS GPS Retrofit $500 MSRP


Handle

Panasonic part #DFKH8009YA-0 is the CF-30 handle w/stylus holder

Hard drive

CF-29 Hard Drive Replacement

Keyboard

CF-29 Keyboards
Model Features Price Picture Notes
CF-WKB301VM
CFWKB291AM
N2ABZY000023
black, rubber, backlit $299 MSRP
trustedreviews.com
While it's spill resistant, many users tell of ripped rubber while trying to clean the keyboard. Do not rub hard with a cloth while cleaning!!
CFWKB292M
N2ABZJ000033
regular keyboard $299 MSRP

CF-WKB303VM
CFWKB293M
N2ABZJ000071
black, chiclet, backlit $299 MSRP
CFWKB294C: French version


Mounts

OEM CF-29 docks & vehicle mounts
Part Specs Street price Notes
CF-WEB2732 Vehicle port-replicator (USB 2.0)

CF-WEB2732CBL Vehicle Mount Port Replicator with Integrated High-Gain Antenna Pass Throughs (USB 2.0)

CF-WEB2912 Vehicle Mount Port Replicator with Integrated High-Gain Antenna Pass Throughs (USB 2.0)

Other docking station manufacturers
D&R Electronics
First Mobile Technologies
Gamber Johnson   (Panasonic approved)
Ledco
RAM Mounts
Tempus

Optical drive (CD/DVD)

CF-27 / CF-28 / CF-29 Optical Drive Swap by NBR's Toughbook | Mod Toughness: Easy


CF-29 Optical drives
Part Specs Street price Notes
CF-VDM291U DVD-multi drive
DVD-RAM, DVD-ROM, DVD-RW, CD-ROM, CD-R, CD-RW
CF-VDM292U DVD-multi drive
DVD-RAM, DVD-ROM, DVD-RW, CD-ROM, CD-R, CD-RW
CF-VDR291U Combo drive
DVD-ROM, CD-ROM, CD-R, CD-RW


Power

CF-29 AC adapters
Part Specs Street price Notes
CF-AA1653AM 120-240Vac input
15.6Vdc @ 5A output
$54 MSRP Standard package, same as CF-50, CF-51, CF-73, CF-30
CF-AA1653ASM 120-240Vac input
15.6Vdc @ 5A output

MIL461 compliant.


 Battery

CF-29 Batteries
Part Specs Street price Notes
CF-VZSU29 11.1V, 6.6 Ah $199 MSRP Blue tabbed. Same battery for CF-51
CF-VZSU29A 11.1V, 7.4 Ah
Yellow tabbed. Same battery for CF-51
CF-VZSU1428W
$209 Battery for media bay

Same battery as CF-27, CF-28


CF-29 Battery Chargers             
Part Specs       
Street price Notes
CF-VCBTB1U
$199 MSRP External battery charger


AC DC Adapters

CF-29 AC/DC Adapters
Part Input Output Street price Notes
CF-AAV1601AU 11-16Vdc
$140 MSRP
Lind PA1555-655 11-16Vdc 15.6V @ 5.5A
86W
$99.95 Standard package
Lind PA1555-771 11-16Vdc 15.6v @ 5.0A
80W
$119.95 Standard package
Wide input voltage
Lind PA1560T-1506 11-16Vdc 15.6Vdc @ 5.5A
86W
$139.95 Standard package
Timer turns off laptop 2 hours after vehicle turns off
Lind PA1630-1330 11-16Vdc 15.6Vdc @ 4.5A
70W
$99.95 Ruggedized
with aircraft cable
Lind PA1650-1253 12-32Vdc 15.6v @ 5.0A
80W
$119.95 Standard package


RAM

CF-29 only has a single RAM slot. The model number determines how much RAM is soldered on the motherboard. Older CF-29s have 256MB while the newer ones have 512MB. And the largest DDR/DDR-2 RAM module you can use officially is 1 GB. If you have a 2GB module, please try it out in your CF-29 and let us know if it works!

The mk4 and mk5 bottom RAM cover is different than the older models. While the cover will fit just fine, only three screw holes match up!

SD card reader

A CF-29 mk4/5 SD card reader can use up to and including, 8GB SDHC cards.

WLAN (WiFi / 802.11a/b/g)

Engenius EMP-8602+S | 802.11a/b/g | miniPCI | 400mW | datasheet

WWAN (Cellular)

Panasonic Toughbook support says that each WWAN module is locked to its specific carrier. That is, you cannot use a Cingular card on the Rogers network in Canada even though both use the same GSM technology.

Panasonic Canada says there is no HSDPA module for the CF-29 mk4 and below for the Rogers network. An unofficial quote told me it will cost about $500 in parts (antenna, mounting and sled) with a $75 install fee. If I want to install an available WWAN module.

The CF-29 mk5 uses a mini-PCI express card for its WWAN connection. CF-29 mk4 and below use a proprietary connector for its embedded modem and as such CDMA uses the Sierra Wireless SB555 embedded module

CF-29 WWAN modules
Part Specs Street price Note
CF-WEW29004CR Cingular EDGE Retrofit $652 MSRP
CF-WEW29006SR Sprint EVDO Retrofit $778 MSRP
CF-WEW29006VR Verizon EVDO Retrofit $778 MSRP
CF-WEW29007CR HSDPA Retrofit for mk5 only $704 MSRP
CF-WEW29006 Sled only no modem $163.13 (Heartland)
CF-WEW29006A Verizon EVDO Rev. A $148.85 (Heartland)
CF-WEW29007CR HSDPA (unk carrier) $704 MSRP for CF-29 mk5 only
CF-VEW29G03WAAS AT&T EDGE & WAAS GPS, Wireless Ready $949 MSRP
CF-VEW29V03WAAS Verizon EVDO & WAAS GPS, Wireless Ready $949 MSRP
CF-VEW29V04WAAS Sprint EVDO & WAAS GPS, Wireless Ready $949 MSRP
CF-VEW29VG3 Verizon EVDO, Wireless Ready $499 MSRP
CF-VEW29VG4 Sprint EVDO, Wireless Ready $499 MSRP































THE CF-30 Panasonic Toughbook

The CF-30 is now discontinued and superceeded by the CF-31

Model breakdown

The CF-30 has marks or generations defined by the sixth digit in the model number (eg. CF-30LAQCZBM) on the bottom of a unit.



CF-30 Model Breakdown
Mark Model CPU RAM HD WiFi Notes
Mk 1 30C, 30D, 30Y Intel Core Duo L2400 1.66GHz (Centrino Duo) 4GB max
DDR-2 PC-4200 200pin SODIMM
2.5" SATA Intel 3945ABG D = no WiFi
Mk 2 30F, 30G Intel Core 2 Duo L7500 1.6GHz (Centrino Duo) 4GB max
DDR-2 PC-4200 200pin SODIMM
2.5" SATA Intel 4965AGN G = no WiFi
Mk 3 30K, 30L, 30P, 30Q Intel Core 2 Duo SL9300 1.6GHz, vPro (Centrino 2 Duo) 4GB max
DDR-2 PC-5300 200pin SODIMM
2.5" SATA Intel 4965AGN L = no WiFi, P = no Absolute Computrace


Model nomenclature

CF-30 C T Q E Z B M
Model Generation
C/D/Y: mk1
F/G: mk2
K/L/P: mk3
LCD & Keyboard
3: 13.3" XGA, 500nit, non-TS
4: 13.3" XGA, 500 nit, non-TS, rubber keys
5: 13.3" XGA, 500 nit, non-TS, dual RF passthrough
6: 13.3" XGA, 500nit, non-TS, rubber keys, dual RF
A: 13.3" XGA, 1000nit, touchscreen, emissive keys
B: 13.3" XGA, 500nit, non-TS, emissive keys
C: 13.3" XGA, 1000nit, touchscreen, emissive keys, dual RF
D: 13.3" XGA, 500nit, non-TS, emissive keys, dual RF
N: 13.3" XGA, 1000nit, touchscreen, dual R
Q: 13.3" XGA, 1000nit, touchscreen, dual RF
T: 13.3" XGA, 1000nit, touchscreen
W: 13.3" XGA, 1000nit, touchscreen, rubber keys
HD, RAM & Hazardous
C: 80GB HD, 512MB RAM, DVD/CD-RW or
160GB, 2GB RAM, DVD/CD-RW (mk3 only)
D: 80GB HD, 2GB RAM
G: 80GB HD, 4GB RAM (2GB x2)
H: 120GB HD, 2GB RAM
J: 250GB HD, 1GB AM
K: 80GB HD, 1GB RAM, DVD-RW or
160GB HD, 2GB RAM, DVD-RW (mk3 only)
P: 80GB HD, 512MB RAM or
160GB HD, 2GB RAM (mk3 only)
Q: 80GB HD, 512MB RAM or
160GB HD, 4GB RAM (2GB x2) (mk3 only)
S: 80GB HD, 1GB RAM
T: 80GB HD, 1GB RAM
U: 120GB HD, 1GB RAM
V: 120GB HD, 512MB RAM or
250GB HD, 2GB RAM (mk3 only)
W: 80GB HD, 1GB RAM, Hazardous Loc or
160GB, 2GB RAM, Hazardous Loc (mk3 only)
Y: 80GB HD, 2GB RAM, Hazardous Loc
Z: 80GB HD, 2GB RAM, Hazardous Loc
3: 128GB SSD, 2GB RAM
6: 80GB HD, 1GB RAM
Integrated Options
0: GPS & Bluetooth
2: No Absolute in BIOS
A: None
C: GPS, BT
D: Smartcard
E: Smartcard, BT
G: Smartcard, GPS, BT
H: Fingerprint
L: Fingerprint, GPS, BT
M: Smartcard, fingerprint
N: Smartcard, fingerprint, BT
Q: Smartcard, fingerprint, GPS, BT
R: GPS, BT
S: Smartcard, GPS, BT, WLAN ready
T: Fingerprint, GPS, BT
U: Smartcard, fingerprint, GPS, BT, WLAN ready
V: GPS, no WLAN, no Absolute in BIOS
Z: no WLAN
WWAN
0: EVDO Verizon
1: EVDO Sprint
2: HSDPA
3: HSDPA (or Wireless ready pocket)
4: EVDO Sprint (or Wireless ready pocket)
5: EVDO Verizon (or Wireless ready pocket)
6: Wireless Ready Pocket
7: Verizon EV-DO
8: Varies
9: Sprint EV-DO (or Single Pass Through)
A: EVDO Sprint
B: EVDO Verizon
C: HSDPA
D: EVDO Verizon
E: EVDO RevA Alltel
G: No WWAN, battery & HD lock
H: EVDO RevA Sprint, battery & HD lock
K: EVDO RevA Verizon, battery & HD lock
L: Gobi, battery & HD lock
N: WWAN ready, battery & HD lock
Q: Gobi
X: Wireless ready pocket
Z: No WWAN
Operating System
A: Vista COA, XP downgrade
B: XP
J: Vista
1: Vista
2: Vista COA, XP downgrade, Toughbook Preferred
3: Vista COA, XP downgrade, Toughbook Premier 3yr
B: WinXP Pro SP2
D: Windows 2000
G: WinXP Pro MUI
K: WinXP Pro
Z: None
Country
M: North America

Drivers

Panasonic (Japan) site for Toughbook drivers: http://pc-dl.panasonic.co.jp/dl/

For alternatives, visit the Main Page:Drivers on the main page.

Instructions for mk2 (CF30F/G) Windows 7 driver installation

Windows 7 on CF30 mk2

Servicing

Service Manuals

Generic service manual: Panasonic Part #CPD0612204A1

Mods & Upgrades

Hard drive

CF-30 Hard Drive Replacement

Keyboard

CF-30 Keyboards
Model Features Price Picture Notes
CF-WKB301VM
CFWKB291AM
N2ABZY000023
black, rubber, backlit $299 MSRP
trustedreviews.com
While it's spill resistant, many users tell of ripped rubber while trying to clean the keyboard. Do not rub hard with a cloth while cleaning!!
CFWKB292M
N2ABZJ000033
regular keyboard $299 MSRP
trustedreviews.com

CF-WKB303VM
CFWKB293M
N2ABZJ000071
black, chiclet, backlit $299 MSRP
trustedreviews.com
CFWKB294C: French version

Docking Stations

M Rugged Mobile Technology
D&R Electronics
First Mobile Technologies
Gamber Johnson (Panasonic approved)
Ledco
RAM Mounts
Tempus

Power

CF-30 AC adapters
Part Specs Street price Notes
CF-AA1653A 120-240Vac input
15.6Vdc @ 5A output
$54 MSRP Standard package, same as CF-50, CF-51, CF-73, CF-29
CF-AA1653ASM 120-240Vac input
15.6Vdc @ 5A output

MIL461 compliant.

 

CF-30 Batteries
Part Specs Street price Notes
CF-VZSU46U 10.7v, 8.55Ah $199 MSRP Blue tabbed.
CF-VZSU1428W
$209 Battery for media bay

Same battery as CF-27, CF-28, CF-29

AC DC Adapters

CF-30 AC/DC Adapters
Part Input Output Street price Notes
CF-AAV1601AU 11-16Vdc
$140 MSRP
Lind PA1555-655 11-16Vdc 15.6V @ 5.5A
86W
$99.95 Standard package
Lind PA1555-771 11-16Vdc 15.6v @ 5.0A
80W
$119.95 Standard package
Wide input voltage
Lind PA1560T-1506 11-16Vdc 15.6Vdc @ 5.5A
86W
$139.95 Standard package
Timer turns off laptop 2 hours after vehicle turns off
Lind PA1630-1330 11-16Vdc 15.6Vdc @ 4.5A
70W
$99.95 Ruggedized
with aircraft cable

RAM

CF-30 has two RAM slots but only one accessible from the bottom panel.

SD card reader

A CF-30 SD card reader can use up to and including, 8GB SDHC cards.

WWAN (Cellular)

Panasonic Toughbook support says that each WWAN module is locked to its specific carrier. That is, you cannot use a Cingular card on the Rogers network in Canada even though both use the same GSM technology.

Panasonic Canada says there is no Gobi module for the CF-30 mk1 & 2. An unofficial quote told me it will cost about $500 in parts (antenna, mounting and sled) with a $75 install fee if I want to install an available WWAN module.

Handle

With use, the handle may not 'click' to stay anymore. Unscrew the two Philips screws on the underside of the handle. Carefully separate the two halfs. On the bottom half, you'll see a metal plate that provides resistance to the black metal protrusion on the handle arms. Flip the metal place over, and the handle will be like new.

CF-WEW29006SR Sprint EVDO Retrofit $778 MSRP
CF-WEW29006VR Verizon EVDO Retrofit $778 MSRP
CF-WEW29007CR HSDPA Retrofit for mk5 only $704 MSRP
CF-WEW29006 Sled only no modem $163.13 (Heartland)
CF-WEW29006A Verizon EVDO Rev. A $148.85 (Heartland)
CF-WEW29007CR HSDPA (unk carrier) $704 MSRP for CF-29 mk5 only
CF-VEW29G03WAAS AT&T EDGE & WAAS GPS, Wireless Ready $949 MSRP
CF-VEW29V03WAAS Verizon EVDO & WAAS GPS, Wireless Ready $949 MSRP
CF-VEW29V04WAAS Sprint EVDO & WAAS GPS, Wireless Ready $949 MSRP
CF-VEW29VG3 Verizon EVDO, Wireless Ready $499 MSRP
CF-VEW29VG4 Sprint EVDO, Wireless Ready $499 MSRP












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