[SATLUG] Panasonic CF-M33
matthewalan77 at gmail.com
Sat Jan 31 21:00:41 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?
> Quick google search indicates its a 266mhz MMX class machine.
> Mike WN5PMR
After I left the installfest this morning feeling unaccomplished, I was
determined to so get somewhere with this machine. I rushed straight out
to altex and picked up a null-modem cable. A little configuration and a
hyperterminal installation on my server 2003 machine and we are
transferring the NIC driver as I am typing this. It is dogmeat slow but
at least I am getting somewhere. Will keep everyone updated as i make
progress. I hope to have ubuntu running in some form on this machine by
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