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> Panasonic Toughbook Cf-08, Will pdaXrom run on this machine??
zeigerpuppy
post Aug 9 2007, 12:04 AM
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I am interested in getting a device for working with PDFs (I have to read a lot of them doing research) so, I need something with:

- a good screen (indoor/outdoor)
- good battery life (8hr +)
- lightweight (<1.5kg)
- will run linux



The only device I have found which satisfies these criteria is the panasonic toughbook CF-08
http://panasonic.com.au/products/details.cfm?objectID=3750

But will pdaXrom run on it????

Here is a list of the specs:

CF-08 CF-08TX2CX1M

CPU PXA270@312Mhz
64MB RAM and 64MB ROM memory
LCD 10.4” daylight-readable Active Matrix (TFT) colour LCD with touchscreen (up to 460 cd) 1024 x 768 pixel (XGA)
Wireless Bluetooth® (v 1.2 class 2)
WLAN 802.11b/g
WLAN Security (authentification: WPA, WPA2, 802.1x, EAP-TLS, PEAP, TKIP; Encryption: 128-bit and 64-bit WEP), AES
Speaker Integrated Speaker
Input Methods Touchscreen LCD
Stylus Pen (integrated holder)
Interfaces Headphone/Speaker Mini-jack (Stereo)
Microphone Mini-jack (Mono)
USB 1.1 4-pin male
LAN (10/100 Ethernet) RJ45 jack
Port replicator dedicated 16 pin
Expansion Slot 1x SD card (secure digital memory)
Power Battery Li-Ion (7.4V, 5200mAh)
Battery life Approx. 14 hours (Battery Mark 4.01 – min. brightness)

Software* Windows® CE v.5.00 Citrix ICA Client, Microsoft® Remote Desktop Connection, Internet Explorer 6.0,
Microsoft® Transcriber Handwriting Recognition, Software Keyboard, Display Rotation Tool, Signature Capture

Weight 1.2 kg (without handstrap)
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louigi600
post Aug 9 2007, 12:53 AM
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It might but most probabbly not as it is currently for any of the Z models as the hardware is different.

I've seen x86 based toughbooks running standard x86 linux that might be quicker then porting to a new hardware ... and there is a x86 based model that has 12 hour battery life (the toughbook cf-w5 or cf-t5) ... but I think that for the price of the toughbook you could buy more then one 3200.
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zeigerpuppy
post Aug 10 2007, 08:25 AM
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QUOTE(louigi600 @ Aug 9 2007, 12:53 AM)
It might but most probabbly not as it is currently for any of the Z models as the hardware is different.

I've seen x86 based toughbooks running standard x86 linux that might be quicker then porting to a new hardware ... and there is a x86 based model that has 12 hour battery life (the toughbook cf-w5 or cf-t5) ... but I think that for the price of the toughbook you could buy more then one 3200.
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Thanks for the info,
it is really hard to find devices with good battery life!
Pity the other toughbooks aren't tablets, really wanted that form factor.
Other x86 options are electrovaya 3100 (8 hours) or fujitsu p1610 (6 hours)
Or an irex iliad even....

This is starting to get really off topic though....
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post Aug 11 2007, 01:55 PM
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QUOTE(zeigerpuppy @ Aug 10 2007, 08:25 AM)
QUOTE(louigi600 @ Aug 9 2007, 12:53 AM)
It might but most probabbly not as it is currently for any of the Z models as the hardware is different.

I've seen x86 based toughbooks running standard x86 linux that might be quicker then porting to a new hardware ... and there is a x86 based model that has 12 hour battery life (the toughbook cf-w5 or cf-t5) ... but I think that for the price of the toughbook you could buy more then one 3200.
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Thanks for the info,
it is really hard to find devices with good battery life!
Pity the other toughbooks aren't tablets, really wanted that form factor.
Other x86 options are electrovaya 3100 (8 hours) or fujitsu p1610 (6 hours)
Or an irex iliad even....

This is starting to get really off topic though....
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Yikes! at the price of the toughbooks one could nearly afford to buy eeepcs and use them as frisbees
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kahm
post Aug 17 2007, 03:14 AM
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QUOTE(adf @ Aug 11 2007, 03:55 PM)
Yikes! at the price of the toughbooks one could nearly afford to buy eeepcs and use them as frisbees
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Ah, but there's nothing quite like a fully armoured Toughbook. I've got a CF-M34 mkI - celeron 300a, 192mb ram, 40gb HD, 800x600 touchscreen. This thing is *astonishing*! I've read several stories about these things saving lives by blocking bullets - and I can believe it smile.gif

Needless to say, when I took my trip to Japan, the Toughbook was the machine I brought with me.

Unfortunately, the last time I tried to get linux on it there was no way to calibrate the touchscreen. (There are *drivers*, but compiling the calibration tool required recompiling X! All of it! No can do...)

The other downsides to my old model are lack of any sort of built in networking and an inability to boot from USB. I've got the (relatively rare and expensive) docking station - but that's just got a floppy disc sad.gif OS installation is a matter of tearing it apart and throwing the drive in another machine. Always very annoying.
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niv
post Sep 8 2007, 03:41 PM
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http://www.nextag.com/Panasonic-TB-MDWD2-1...606/prices-html
$1,635.99
wish they where 500$ or less
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