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Toughbook CF-72 build help...


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#1 amwhite1

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Posted 18 February 2009 - 06:27 PM

Hey guys, I'm new here and I'll admit I don't know a ton about building laptops, specifically, component compatibility. So I'm considering buying a Toughbook CF-72, my only hesitation is whether or not this is a good platform to upgrade from. Can the CF-72 motherboard handle 2 gigs of ram, a decent processor and hard drive, or will it bottleneck? I've even considered going with 4 gigs (2 sticks) and a 64 bit OS in the future. The only info I can find on the motherboard is http://toughbook.wikispaces.com/cf-72, which says that it is the DFUP1196ZC motherboard which I suspect is an Intel board, I've searched the internets but I can't find that particular number anywhere. Also, the same site mentioned having no luck with an ATA-6 hard drive, should it be compatible? One more thing, I'd like to upgrade to a wireless network card.

Basically, I'm asking for help choosing components for this system or if it's even viable. I started looking at Toughbooks because I'd like to have an extremely durable laptop (I'm notoriously rough on electronics) and I found this particular CF-72 for cheap. Performance wise I'd like for it to be significantly faster than my two previous Dell's (yes, I'm sorry), an Inspiron 6000 and a Latitude D610, both with a half a gig or less and a bottom of the line processor. Thanks a billion in advance for your help! :thumbsup:

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Posted 18 February 2009 - 06:46 PM

I dont know much about laptops myself, but for general computing (web browsing, movie watching, media and stuff like that) 2 gigs is fine-even in a vista machine. however, 4 gigs will give you far better performance, especially if you run bigger programs like games, or video editing, or do a lot of multi tasking with larger programs. me, personally, I like the extra horsepower-better to have it and not need it then to need it and not have it-Id buy the 4 gigs and the 64 bit OS, that way Im ready for the future, even if what im doing isnt a huge task for a computer.

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Posted 20 February 2009 - 10:07 AM

Hi amwhite1, welcome to BC.
That is a very old and dis-continued notebook.
It is in no way,shape or form upgradable to anything close you could buy new.
Even if you could, which is impossible, it would cost you more to do it then it would to buy a brand new one.
Go back to the link you left and read the service manual posted in pdf format. Specs are there.
There is also specs at panasonic for the regular 72 series here. Once again, a dinosaur.
I repair\upgrade notebooks both for work purposes and also in my spare time. By sheer design, they are only incrementality upgradeable when it comes to cpu's. You can just about forget a motherboard upgrade on any laptop as a workaround. Each are designed to fit in only the case they were originally in when new. When it comes to parts and on-line support, panasonic is the absolute worse, bar none. They should just stick to tv's and stereo's. :thumbsup:
Even the little known itronics laptops are tougher and have better support then the so-called "toughbook".
Run, don't walk away from this one. :huh:




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