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Old 02-06-2013, 16:20
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I'm looking for an old Packard Bell European Master CD and its associated boot floppy included with some models of Packard Bell computers (Legend, Axcel, Executive 8900 & 9500 series, Force, All-in-One Spectria) in 1995.

Pic of the CD :

http://thumbsnap.com/sc/SEQJNlZE.jpg

Or more precisely from the 486-DX2/DX4 and Pentium 60/75MHz era.

Motherboard : PB450, PB520
Hard disk : 340MB / 420MB / 528MB (maybe 800MB)
Memory : 4MB or 8MB
Video : Cirrus Logic 5428/5429/5434
Sound 16A

It's a red multilingual CD (English / French / German) bundled with following applications :

- Windows for Workgroups 3.11
- MS-DOS 6.22
- MS Works 3.x
- MS Money 3.x
- Sage Moneywise
- Disk Image
- PB Navigator 2.x
- MS Windows Entertainement Pack (Skifree, Rodent's Revenge..)
- 3D Body, 3D Dinosaur, Kid's Zoo, Undersea / Speed / Space Adventure (Knowledge Adventure)
- MegaRace
- Groliers Encylopedia
- Language Learning with Asterix
- Beethoven's 5th Symphony
- Leonardo the Inventor
- Early Jazz Legends
- Worls Atlas
- US Atlas
...

Thanks.
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Old 02-06-2013, 17:18
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I dunno how desperate you are for this but PCWorld are able to order/supply recovery media for various models of Packard Bell, Advent and Philips machines. That particular one is proper ancient though so I wouldn't be entirely surprised if they no longer supply it.

If its just for nostalgia then you would almost certainly have more luck downloading the individual components. Note that none of that software is likely to run on a modern computer unless you setup a virtual machine or something.
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Old 02-06-2013, 17:34
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Some torrent sites used to list what you're asking for but the only one I can see at the moment (after a quick look) is in Italian/Dutch/French.

Just for nostalgia's sake http://postimg.org/image/z4rw5dl6x/
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Old 02-06-2013, 18:53
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It's just for nostalgia. Reason being, my first computer had that CD, and I'm trying to collect one that is similar for testing purposes.

Some softwares, like PB OEM stuff, can not be downloaded individually.

@mac2708 : I saw this torrent but the CD isn't in my language and there's no seeder.
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Old 02-06-2013, 22:16
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I dunno how desperate you are for this but PCWorld are able to order/supply recovery media for various models of Packard Bell, Advent and Philips machines. That particular one is proper ancient though so I wouldn't be entirely surprised if they no longer supply it.

If its just for nostalgia then you would almost certainly have more luck downloading the individual components. Note that none of that software is likely to run on a modern computer unless you setup a virtual machine or something.
They won't supply it, pre-XP recovery media wasn't available when I worked for DSG and that was about 8-9 years back. It's all down to what their licensing from MS will allow them to redistribute.
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Old 04-06-2013, 14:45
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Anyone has that ?
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Old 04-06-2013, 15:16
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Have you had a look at http://vetusware.com/
That has a lot of downloadable software form that era

I just used to love Microsoft works.
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Old 04-06-2013, 17:44
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I just had a look at this site, but I have not found what I was looking for (softwares specifically installed on Packard Bell PCs).
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Old 07-06-2013, 20:01
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Willing to pay 50.00 for it.
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Old 13-06-2013, 16:53
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Someone here with an old PB Executive 9500 ?
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Old 13-06-2013, 18:31
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You do realise that you are trying to find disks for a computer that is nearly 20 years old. Half (or maybe more) of the posters on DS weren't even born when that PC was built.

I'm also very skeptical that DOS & Win 3.11 was even distributed on CD I only ever saw it on floppy disk, I even received my first few copies of Win 95 on 3.5" floppies, all 18 of them .

I'm pretty sure that you are wasting your time here and need to discover some sort of historical group that has a website where you may be able to get anything from this far back in the past.
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Old 13-06-2013, 19:02
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You do realise that you are trying to find disks for a computer that is nearly 20 years old. Half (or maybe more) of the posters on DS weren't even born when that PC was built.

I'm also very skeptical that DOS & Win 3.11 was even distributed on CD I only ever saw it on floppy disk, I even received my first few copies of Win 95 on 3.5" floppies, all 18 of them .

I'm pretty sure that you are wasting your time here and need to discover some sort of historical group that has a website where you may be able to get anything from this far back in the past.
It came on a CD and floppy.
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Old 13-06-2013, 20:20
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It came on a CD and floppy.
Thanks Neo,

It would have to be both CD and floppy though, PC's of that vintage didn't boot from CD and even up to Win98 (and I seem to remember early versions of Win2K) you had to boot into DOS from a floppy before you could use the CD drive to install Windows.

For Win 3.11 I would hazard a guess that you would need to install DOS 6 from the floppies making sure that MSCDEX was in autoexec.bat and you had suitable drivers for the CD-ROM (which were all different ) in config.sys before you could even think of putting in a CD to install from.

That's why I was skeptical, CD-ROMs in those days weren't that easy to use.
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Old 14-06-2013, 00:02
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Contact the winning bidder |***| on Ebay , looks like he bought it and other Packard Bell CD's a few weeks ago .
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Old 14-06-2013, 00:09
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This is a Win 95 disc
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Old 14-06-2013, 08:15
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I remember my first install from CD of Windows 3.11 and was stunned how quick it was done compared to the 13(?) floppy disk install on my (at that time) state of the art 386 which cost more than the i7 system I use today.
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Old 30-08-2013, 17:01
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Anyone ?
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Old 30-08-2013, 17:18
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It may not be too much help for you but I bought a Packard Bell 486DX2 from Curry's in 1995 that came with the same CD, I no longer have the computer or CD but I do remeber having to create a set of backup floppy disks as soon as the machine was initialy switched on, it took approx. 20 disks so I'd question what actually is on that CD?
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Old 30-08-2013, 19:35
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- Windows for Workgroups 3.11
- MS-DOS 6.22
- MS Works 3.x
- MS Money 3.x
- Sage Moneywise
- Lotus Organizer
- Disk Image
- PB Navigator 2.x
- MS Windows Entertainement Pack (Skifree, Rodent's Revenge..)
- 3D Body, 3D Dinosaur, Kid's Zoo, Undersea / Speed / Space Adventure (Knowledge Adventure)
- The Four Seasons of French Cuisine
- Cyberia Mission Norway (Interplay)
- Multimedia Maestro (Software Dynamics)
- Learn French with Asterix (Eurotalk)
- Beethoven's 5th Symphony
- MS Encarta 95
- MS Fine Artist
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Old 30-08-2013, 22:58
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OMG look at the prices of computers back then! How much would that computer cost now in 2013 money? I actually used to have a Packard Bell machine. It was one of my first computers. It was upgraded to Windows 95 though rather than 3.1. How did we ever manage with 4MB RAM and a 528MB hard drive?

I just used to love Microsoft works.
The biggest oxymoron ever
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Old 30-08-2013, 23:23
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Does your computer came with a Master CD ? Was it a UK model ?

I have a lot of ads like this one if you want.
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Old 31-08-2013, 01:26
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Does your computer came with a Master CD ? Was it a UK model ?

I have a lot of ads like this one if you want.
I don't think it came with a Master CD as it was a hand-me-down from my aunt. We didn't have as much money at the time It was a UK model. I'd love to see more ads like that one
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Old 31-08-2013, 10:53
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More ads of 486 Packard Bell are available here : http://dl.free.fr/kzki8Ppj5

Models :

Executive 8901, 8903, 8907, 8909T, 8910, 9501, 9502, 9506
Legend Elite 105S, 102HW, 445G, 900
CD33S & CD50D
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Old 31-08-2013, 11:36
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^ Thanks, I could do with some light entertainment I love reading old computer ads.
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Old 31-08-2013, 11:48
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OMG look at the prices of computers back then! How much would that computer cost now in 2013 money?
What you want is an inflation calculator:
http://www.thisismoney.co.uk/money/b...nged-1900.html

Roughly, add a grand onto those 1995 prices to get today's price... My first pc, the Time horror, was about 1500 back then... ugh...
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