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Panasonic Toughbook CF-53


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For full specifications see the Panasonic Toughbook CF-53 specifications page.

NamePanasonic Toughbook CF-53
ProcessorIntel Core i5-3340M vPro Processor 2.7GHz with Turbo Boost up to 3.4GHz
Screen14.0“ High Definition (720p) LED 1366 x 768
HDD500GB 7200rpm (Elite model), 320GB 5400rpm (Lite model)
Optional 128GB, 256GB and 512GB SSD
Optical DriveDVD Super MULTI Drive
GraphicsIntel QM77
Network10/100/1000 Ethernet
Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6235 802.11a/b/g/n

Linux Compatibility

ProcessorNot Tested
ScreenNot Tested
HDDNot Tested
Graphics ChipNot Tested
VGA OutNot Tested
HDMI OutNot Tested
Display PortNot Tested
Optical DriveNot Tested
SoundNot Tested
MicrophoneNot Tested
Headphone PortNot Tested
Microphone-In PortNot Tested
Line-In PortNot Tested
EthernetNot Tested
WirelessNot Tested
BluetoothNot Tested
WWANNot Tested
ModemNot Tested
USBNot Tested
FirewireNot Tested
Express CardNot Tested
Card ReaderNot Tested
WebcamNot Tested
Serial PortNot Tested
KeyboardNot Tested
TouchPadNot Tested
Docking StationNot Tested
Fingerprint ReaderNot Tested
SmartCard InterfaceNot Tested
GPSNot Tested
Suspend/ResumeNot Tested


You can enter any specific notes with running Linux on the Panasonic Toughbook CF-53 here.



glenn binnig, 2019/04/26 02:41

Installed ubuntu 18.04 on CF-53ELAZL1M which had a toshiba MQ01ABD032 hard drive. The drive came from a hp pavilion 64 bit. It had windows 10 and ubuntu 16.04 dual boot, Both worked perfectly. That computer eventually died (took 10 minutes to forever to boot) so I put the drive in the toughbook CF-53. Both operating systems worked till windows figured out it had moved, and insisted on re-registration. i deleted the windows OS and the Linux continued to work for a couple of months until it was dropped on its edge and the drive was trashed.

I got a SSD and installed UBUNTU 18.04.  It has been working with no issues for a month.  And is even more rugged.   
Ralph, 2015/12/05 21:23

Backlight does not work out of the box on Fedora 23.

Ralph, 2015/12/11 11:34

Solution is to pass “acpi_osi=” to the kernel at boot time. Backlight works flawlessly then.

In toto usability under Linux is very good. Graphics and video decode are for the most part fully accelerated with rpmfusion repos active and mpv/vlc. Video playback under Totem not tested.

Keep in mind that fan control is currently not possible though. Also, even though the chipset supports SATA3 speeds, Panasonic have opted to make the SATA Connection speak only SATA2. Alternative BIOSes do not exist, AFAIK.

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