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panasonic toughbook cf-72 optical drive

Discussion in 'Laptops' started by Benedykt Cichy, Jan 23, 2004.

  1. Hi everyone,
    I have a Panasonic Toughbook CF-72, a nice machine with PIII, 384M RAM and
    30G HD. It came with a CD drive. I have replaced it for a new Samsung SN-324
    CDRW/DVD combo, and the laptop bios does not recognise the drive. A LED
    signifying damage to the optical drive lights up upon boot and remains lit
    all the time. The computer takes now two minutes longer to boot, and as XP
    boots up, it sees the drive and all its functions can be performed (i.e. it
    burns and reads CDs, and reads DVDs). The LED remains lit all the time. When
    I enter the BIOS, the laptop reports no optical drive in the bay. The
    situation is annoying, because I cannot boot from CD anymore, and the much
    longer booting time is frutratint (the same happens when waking up from
    I tried another combo drive (Teac DW-224E) and same stuff happens.
    Panasonic Toughbook help says that the laptop will support a combo drive,
    but they want me to pay a stupid 600 EUR for that.
    Does anyone know which drives this machine support apart from their own ones
    which I do not know the manufacturer?
    the original CD was Teac.

    Benedykt Cichy, Jan 23, 2004
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  2. Excerpts posted recently:
    From: "Dr.Daystrom" <>
    Newsgroups: comp.sys.laptops
    Subject: Panasonic Toughbook owners take note:
    Date: Sat, 02 Aug 2003 19:40:59 GMT

    I have a CF-72 that came with a CDROM drive. I was able to
    upgrade it to a
    CDRW/DVD (24x16x24) drive for only $140! Panasonic sells their
    upgrade for $500-600.

    The CDROM was a TEAC CD-224E.

    I purchased a TEAC DW-224E93 from TheNerds.net for $134 plus

    All of the case dimensions, connectors and screws fit perfectly.

    Hope this saves someone some money.
    H. Dziardziel, Jan 24, 2004
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  3. Thanks a lot, will try it!

    Benedykt Cichy, Jan 25, 2004
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