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Panasonic Toughbook CF-W8: Intel Core 2 Duo SU9300 CPU, 2GB DDR2, 160GB HD, DVDRW, 12.1" (1024 x 768) LCD, WiFi N, 3 Yr warranty, Win XP EXPIRED

manIneedAdeal 147 February 6, 2011 at 11:26 AM in Computers (14)
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Promoted 02-11-2011 at 07:57 PM View Original Post

Panasonic is having a sale on it's Toughbook CF-W8. Apply coupon code TBW8F&F to drop price to $379 and $23 shipping. Thanks jmueller44 & manIneedAdeal

Specs:

  • Intel Core 2 Duo Processor SU9300
  • 2GB DDR2
  • 160GB hard drive (shock-mounted and removable
  • DVD Super MULTI Drive with Dual Layer Support
  • 12.1" 1024 x 768 XGA LCD
  • Intel GS45 (GMA 4500MHD video controller)
  • Intel Wireless WiFi Link 5100 Draft-N
  • Bluetooth v.2.0 + EDR (Class 1)
  • Lithium ion battery pack (10.8V, 5800mAh) - 6 Cells
  • 3-year limited warranty, parts and labor
  • Weight 3.0 lbs.
  • Global Mobile Broadband Internet –Gobi Technology (EV-DO Rev. A., HSPA)
  • Windows XP Pro SP2

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Edited February 18, 2011 at 02:40 PM by redsolar
Just wanted to update if anybody is still looking at this laptop. The price is down to $379 with a different promo code. TBW8F&F

https://www.toughonline.com/busin...tem=389481



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Why this notebooks lives up to its hype:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZRq3RtFuVZg
This commercial sucks this is a much better --> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5uu2Ev4BrPc

Here are some test videos:
Monkey test http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oCFHVXdSCfs
More official test http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v1_HuxVUTEg
I hope I'll get my to abuse Smilie

Some Reviews:
http://www.itpro.co.uk/609407/panasonic-toughbook-cf-w8-review
http://www.ruggedpcreview.com/3_notebooks_panasonic_w8.html
http://www.buytough.com/tb_w8.asp
http://www.trustedreviews.com/laptops/review/2008/12/13/Panasonic-ToughBook-Executive-CF-W8-Preview/p1
http://www.notebookcheck.net/Revi...682.0.html
http://www.notebookcheck.net/Pana...749.0.html

Manual:
ftp://ftp.panasonic.com/pub/panasonic/toughbook/oi/W8-operating-instructions-XP.pdf

Some information to make any buyers feel better about their purchase, and perhaps justify to the wife Wink The current model is the W9, and it is almost the same model, with a few tweaks - bigger hard drive, Windows 7, same proc w/ faster clockspeed, but most notably longer battery life. The W9 came out just under a year ago.

W9 Overview, Google Translate [google.com]

W9 Specs, Google Translate [google.com]

Translated W9 listing on Amazon JP [co.jp] That price is about $2300.

Translated W8 listing on Amazon JP, downgrade model [co.jp] That price is about $1400.

Global Mobile Broadband Internet –Gobi Technology (EV-DO Rev. A., HSPA) listed above as included is NOT included. It is listed as an option in the ordering process ($250) and has been reported as an option in emails from the vendor.

Please note that this model does NOT have Windows 7 x64 drivers. The Windows 7 x86 driver pack can be found Here [tpgweb2.net].

March 4, 2011, 3:13 am: System Notice: This thread has been automatically renewed after reaching a post limit. Most of its content has been moved to this thread for reference purposes.

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#46
Quote from Rack View Post :
anyone else's fan on all the time?
Do you have the power management utility installed?

Mine's running right now, but I'm also encrypting the drive via Bitlocker. I haven't noticed it that much when I haven't been doing anything but browsing the interwebs.
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#47
Quote from onscreen View Post :
How many have been charged but have no shipping info. I was charged a week ago but no updates since. I sent an email and got the form letter back.
I was charged on 02/18; did not receive any shipping info; was delivered today.
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#48
anyone have a link for a 2 gig ram for the panny? i did not see it in the wiki. also, some of the link on the wiki had expired and are no longer working.
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#49
Got it today. Weeee
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#50
just installed win7 64 bit sp1 on it, So far so good. The 2 missing devices are panasonic misc device and hotkey device. I installed most of the f9 win7 x64 drivers from this website

http://www.panasonic.com/business...nloads.asp

make sure you follow the driver install instructions and you should be fine.
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#51
Quote from ghlu View Post :
just installed win7 64 bit sp1 on it, So far so good. The 2 missing devices are panasonic misc device and hotkey device. I installed most of the f9 win7 x64 drivers from this website

http://www.panasonic.com/business...nloads.asp

make sure you follow the driver install instructions and you should be fine.
What order did you do the install?

Win 7 (disconnected from the internet)
F9 drivers (following driver installation instructions)
Upgrade Windows SP1

Impatiently waiting for my W8!!
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#52
I just received theW8. Anyone in Miami, FL interests in this toughbook? Send me a message. $402 plus tax, no additional cost.
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#53
FYI - This is from the Japanese site. Does the F9 video driver work with the W8? If people are using the F9 driver, this may apply.

http://pc-dl.panasonic.co.jp/itn/...pinfo.html
Quote :
Windows® 7 SP1 Update Support Information
1. Phenomena

* If installed Windows® 7 SP1 which was released on 2011-Feb-23rd from Microsoft is installed, following phenomenon may occur.
o Phenomena 1:
+ Listed PC may not appear Windows 7 SP1 by Windows Update.
o Phenomena 2:
+ The Windows Live Mail 2011 or Windows Live Messenger may not be started on listed PC when updated by using not the update by Windows Update but the download center, etc.
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#54
Hi, I just got this W8 and still used Wins XP,
Now have the wireless connection issues: no wireless signal at all,only have wifi
Pin for the wifi is 7 digit number, while my wireless pin is 8 digit.
Anyone can tell me how to figure out this ?

Thanks
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#56
Quote from Leizhengwang View Post :
Hi, I just got this W8 and still used Wins XP,
Now have the wireless connection issues: no wireless signal at all,only have wifi
Pin for the wifi is 7 digit number, while my wireless pin is 8 digit.
Anyone can tell me how to figure out this ?

Thanks
maybe you need to install WPA package for windows XP
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#57
Quote from Leizhengwang View Post :
Hi, I just got this W8 and still used Wins XP,
Now have the wireless connection issues: no wireless signal at all,only have wifi
Pin for the wifi is 7 digit number, while my wireless pin is 8 digit.
Anyone can tell me how to figure out this ?

Thanks
Let windows manage the wireless connections. Other people have had problems connecting.
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#58
I knew I had seen the problem before. As I said, letting windows manage your wireless connections should solve your problems.
Quote from theodoric View Post :
I've lurked forever, but this little Toughbook has given me cause to get involved.

WIRELESS ISSUE

Firstly, in a large, paragraph-less post a while back, someone mentioned that they had trouble connecting to wireless. I had the same problem and it took me a while to figure out. Panasonic has installed Intel PROset to manage wireless applications, and it complicates things by asking for the PIN from your router as well as simply not working once all information is entered correctly. To fix this, you'll have to go into the options of Intel PROset itself to select the "let windows manage my wireless connections" option. Then it works just like you're used to.
.....
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#59
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I knew I had seen the problem before. As I said, letting windows manage your wireless connections should solve your problems.
The scrolling on the touchpad is pretty cool far better than the 2 finger mac crap
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#60
why did they charge my credit card 3 days ago and no shipping info? should I dispute the charge?
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