20 Most Recent Panasonic Toughbook 52 Notebook - CF-52CCABCBM Questions & Answers

Not usable? Are they broken?

Go into the bios and make sure USB is enabled. Restart your computer and look at the screen to see which key to hit to get into the BIOS or System Setup. Look for USB to make sure it is enabled.

If you have a pcmcia slot on your laptop, you can always buy a device that sticks into it that will have usb ports on it for less than $30 - $40. Otherwise you might need a repairman to take the laptop apart and solder new usb ports to the motherboard.

Panasonic... | Answered on Apr 14, 2012

On any Panasonic Toughbook you can rotate the screen as follows:
Hold down the "CTRL" and the "ALT" keys and while holding down
these two keys press the "UP Arrow" key and then release all
three keys. This will reset the screen so it is right side up instead
of upside down.

Good Luck and regards from:
Richard, Authorized Panasonic Canada Toughbook Dealer since 1989.

P.S. The arrow keys look like this: The up arrow is the one on the top


Panasonic... | Answered on Apr 06, 2018

I'm not sure if yours is the same layout as the CF-53 I use. But my F12 button has a picture of a button with light on it. I use FN-F12 to adjust the brightness of the keyboard. Mine goes through 5 brightness levels before returning to off and starting over.

Panasonic... | Answered on Dec 03, 2016

The VGA or "Video Driver" for the Panasonic
Toughbook CFY4 can be found at:


Remember to choose your operating system and
then click on the "Download Now" button located
on the right side.

Good Luck!
Richard - Montreal Based
Panasonic Canada Toughbook Dealer since 1989

Panasonic... | Answered on Feb 18, 2016

From two different websites: The same answer

1) "F-11 seems to have been an emergency hot key for police use"

The website:

2) "The red F11 can be programed to report through police dispach an officer is in trouble. This key only works with Special software used by Law Enforcement."

The website:

Both these guys gave the same opinion and both seem
very knowledgeable.

Good Luck!
Richard - Montreal Based
Panasonic Canada Toughbook Dealer since 1989

Panasonic... | Answered on Feb 18, 2016

On ALL Panasonic Toughbook Models,
if the screen stays dark I would shut-off the
Toughbook and connect an external monitor
to the VGA port (15-pin female connector),
which is usually BLUE in color.

Make sure the monitor is ON first, then
turn ON the Toughbook.

If the monitor comes on then your problem
is the backlight or possibly the inverter of the

If no image is shown on the external monitor
and the screen stays dark and you cannot
hear any startup (ie. Windows) sound, then
your video card may be defective. Very few
Toughbooks fail this way since they are
normally very very relaible but it can happen.

Good Luck
Richard - Montreal Based
Panasonic Canada Toughbook Authorized Dealer since 1989

Panasonic... | Answered on Feb 18, 2016

yes, but you should be able to get a universal charger with proper output cheap

Panasonic... | Answered on Feb 08, 2016

Panasonic Toughbook PC Laptops usually have
very reliable battery pack. When your unit is plugged-in
but the Power is OFF, you should see an LED light as follows:
RED FLASHING: Means the battery needs replacement.
Orange/Yellow Solid: Means battery is charging.
Solid Green: Means battery is fully charged.
NO Light AT ALL: Means that Battery Pack is missing.

There is also a battery calibration utility on all Panasonic
Toughbook PC's manufactured since 2004. This is a factory
installed software and is only present in factory units.

This software may also be downloaded as a driver from the
Panasonic Toughbook website as follows:


Check also in the bottom right hand corner under
Windows for the battery Icon. This will indicate if
the battery is charging, present or not present,
and under Windows 7+ will indicate if the battery
needs to be replaced or not.

Good Luck!
Richard - Montreal Based
Panasonic Toughbook Authorized Dealer since 1989.

Panasonic... | Answered on Feb 08, 2016

Have you initialised the drive?

Panasonic... | Answered on Oct 26, 2015

Follow the attached link download and install the driver and software.

Panasonic... | Answered on Mar 07, 2015

The password is what was set by the owner/administrator.

Panasonic... | Answered on May 10, 2014

Replace the screen if possible. Ifnot replace the laptop.

Panasonic... | Answered on Apr 14, 2014

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