[SATLUG] Panasonic CF-M33

mike wn5pmr at gmail.com
Tue Jan 20 07:54:28 CST 2009

Matt Graham wrote:
> Bruce Dubbs wrote:
>> Matt Graham wrote:
>>> Hello all,
>>> So this past weekend, we cleaned out the storage shed.  Some of the 
>>> dinosaurs we found were quite impressive.  The one that caught my 
>>> eye was the Panasonic Toughbook CF-M33.  For those of you who are 
>>> not familiar with this model, let me tell you a little about it.  It 
>>> is a Mini Semi-Rugged notebook with the following features.
>>> Windows 98SE
>>> 4GB HHD
>>> 64MB RAM - Upgradeable to 96MB
>>> 1 USB port
>>> 2 PCMCIA slots
>> With this much hardware, there is no way you are going to be able to 
>> run KDE or Gnome.
>> You don't say the type/speed of the CPU, but you don't mention a CD.  
>> Something that old would probably not be able to boot from a USB 
>> port, so you'd have to load from floppy.  You might want to try Tom's 
>> Root Boot Floppy - http://www.toms.net/rb/ - and see if it will boot 
>> that.
>> If that works, it looks like a good candidate for Linux From Scratch.
>>   -- Bruce
> Not sure of the processor speed but cannot imagine it being that 
> great. The is no CDROM drive.  Only the connections  I listed and the 
> the port available through the attached port replicator.
> VIA port replicator
> 1 VGA
> 1 PS2
> 1 Parallel
> 1 Serial
>    "With this much hardware, there is no way you are going to be able 
> to run KDE or Gnome."
> I am not sure I understand this assumption since I have laptops and 
> PC's with far more ports and peripherals that run gnome just fine.  I 
> guess CPU and RAM make a big difference.  However, the absence of a 
> GUI would probably ruin it for me.  Is it a frisbee or is it worth 
> trying something?
> Thanks,
> Matt
Quick google search indicates its a 266mhz MMX class machine.


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