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Old 02-21-2010, 10:41 PM
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Cool stuff courtesy of UPS and USPS!

I haven't done any mods (or repairs, thank goodness) on my Ranger yet, but I want to be ready when the time comes, and in addition to building up my tool set (I haven't worked on my own vehicles since about 14 years ago), I figured good reference materials would be important. With that in mind, I ordered this from Helm:



Now I don't want to drag my nice new Dell notebook out into the garage, nor do I want to mess with printing a bunch of stuff (if I wanted paper, I would've bought the book), so I decided to look for a cheap PC to use in the garage. That's when I stumbled on this Panasonic Toughbook CF-29 on eBay:



It came complete with 1.2GHz Pentium M, 1.25GB RAM, 40GB HDD, DVD-CDRW, built-in 802.11a/b/g Wi-Fi, 13" daylight viewable touchscreen, licensed copy of Windows XP Pro, AC adapter and battery that holds a 2-hour charge (not bad for used!) Best of all, it's spill-, particulate- and impact-resistant, with a full magnesium alloy frame and chassis and sealed ports and drive bays. Not bad for $285 including shipping:



I received it, cleaned it up (it was a mess, but fortunately it was all dirt and no damage), ran updates, and installed antivirus and the rest of the usual software. Next I made a .iso image of the factory Service Info CD above, and used the Microsoft Virtual CD Control Panel to create a persistent virtual CD that I used to install and run the software without having to keep the actual CD in the computer.







I haven't had a lot of time to dig into the Workshop Manual yet, but it appears to be fairly comprehensive - I hope it proves to be worth it in the long run. Along with this computer, it seems like it will be a useful setup
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Old 02-21-2010, 10:46 PM
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Thats a sick set-up!

Congrats!
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Old 02-21-2010, 10:53 PM
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Nice setup.
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Old 02-22-2010, 03:10 AM
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I heard you can run it over with a tank and it wouldnt even phase it.
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Old 02-22-2010, 04:44 AM
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your gonna love that toughbook. i work at a s/o and we had the toshiba rep drop one off a 3 story floor pick it up and check his facebook. they are amazing.
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Old 02-22-2010, 04:48 AM
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Thats a sick set-up!

Congrats!
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Nice setup.
Thanks! I'm sure I could manage without a fancy computerized manual, but it can't hurt, right?
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Old 02-22-2010, 04:56 AM
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your gonna love that toughbook. i work at a s/o and we had the toshiba rep drop one off a 3 story floor pick it up and check his facebook. they are amazing.
Yeah, I've heard nothing but good things about these fully-ruggedized models, and the thing sure feels solid.

The only improvement I could make is to swap in a solid-state hard-drive with no moving parts, but that's more than I need to spend on this, and I'll be backing up the system regularly anyway.
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Oh man that toughbook is SWEET!!!
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i'm jelly.
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I've seen them used as self-defense weapons too. If you get a good swing and smash someone in the head with it, they will back down.
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Old 03-02-2011, 05:59 AM
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how did you get a hold of the CD.?? i would like to get one. i used to work at a dealer ship and im spoiled on using the CD instead of a paper book. plus that one is model specific
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