Panasonic Toughbook CF-72

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Central processing unit (CPU)

Intel Mobile Pentium III Processor 700 MHz[1]

  • L1 Cache Memory: 32 KB
  • L2 (Second) Cache Memory: 256 KB

Random access memory (RAM)

128 MB (384 MB Max.)[1]

Hard disk drive (HDD)

20GB[1]

Operating system (OS)

Microsoft® Windows® 98 Second Edition (for CF-72xxxxxEX)
Microsoft® Windows® 2000 (for CF-72xxxxxDx)
Microsoft® Windows® NT (for CF-72xxxxxCx)[1]

Optical disk drive (ODD)

CD-ROM drive or CD-ROM drive / SuperDisk drive, depending on the mark

Graphics controller

unknown

Screen

13.3" TFT Color / 1024x768 pixels[1]

Wireless capabilities

none; predates wireless (WiFi) technologies

Keyboard

87 keys[1]

Battery

[1]

Weight

~2.9kg[1]

Price

over $3000[2]

The Panasonic Toughbook CF-72 is a semi-rugged laptop manufactured by Panasonic and released in November 2000.[3]

Mark/Generation differences[edit]

CF-72 N 3 F C Z D M
Model CPU type
N: Intel® Mobile Pentium® III Processor 700 MHz (Mark 1)
Q: Intel® Mobile Pentium® III Processor 700 850E MHz (Mark 2)
T: Intel® Mobile Pentium® III Processor 1066 MHz (Mark 3)
V: Intel® Mobile Pentium® 4 Processor 1.6 GHz (Mark 4)
X: Intel® Mobile Pentium® 4 Processor 1.8 GHz (Mark 5)
LCD type
3: 13.3" TFT Color
C: 13.3" XGA 1024 x 768[4]
HDD type / RAM size
F: 20 GB / 128 MB
J: unknown / 512 MB (max. 1.25GB)[4]
Drive
B: CD-ROM drive
C: CD-ROM drive / SuperDisk drive
W: DVD/CD-RW drive[4]
unknown
Z:
Operating system
B: Microsoft Windows NT
D: Microsoft Windows 2000
E: Microsoft Windows 98
Country
E: United Kingdom
F: France
G: Germany
M: USA & Canada (=North America)
P: Spain
S: Sweden
T: Italy

The Mark 3 is thicker than Mark 2 due to the touchscreen.[5]

BIOS[edit]

The BIOS used is a PhoenixBIOS 4.0 Release 6.0.0 on Mark 1. If a BIOS password is entered incorrectly three times, the system beeps once and then shuts itself down automatically. The system will not be locked down or anything; meaning that you are free to (attempt to) enter the password again.

To bypass the BIOS password, build the Panasonic Password Skipping Plug and use it.[1]

Issues[edit]

If the optical drive is not set to master, it will notably increase boot time.[6]

ATA-6 hard disk drives, despite being backwards-compatible with the older ATA-5 standard, may not work.[7]

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 Panasonic Toughbook CF-72N3FxZxx Service Manual
  2. Discussion about CF-72 prices
  3. Japanese Wikipedia's Toughbook article
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Panasonic Toughbook CF-72 [LinLap - Linux Laptop Wiki]
  5. Physical specification of CF72mk3 on Panasonic Global site
  6. CF-72X a couple questions on NotebookReview.com forum
  7. CF-72 info page on Toughbook wiki