[SATLUG] Panasonic CF-M33

Matt Graham matthewalan77 at gmail.com
Sat Jan 31 21:00:41 CST 2009

mike wrote:
> 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.
> 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 
next weekend.

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