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ScanDisk
October 30th, 2017, 06:33 AM
I love my little Packard Bell Pack-Mate III (286-12), despite all the Packard Hate, it has never given me a problem, or more accurately, a problem which wasn't caused by my own stupidity lol. As long as you do everything as you are supposed to, it just works!

This little machine has survived the installation of a hard drive, multiple different cards being (un)installed, and a RAM upgrade, not to mention the swapping of "5.25 Disk drives. Still works. :cool:

I've had a bad experience with a 486 machine where when I tried to reinstall one component, the entire thing stopped showing anything on screen at all, when booting and even my repair shop couldn't figure it out.

While a good machine, and while it can run Windows 3.1 it cannot do 386 enhanced mode which really limits it.

I got myself a machine made in early 1995, before the release of Windows 95, with a 75Mhz Pentium Processor, and am using that for more media intensive applications.

Before now, I have only had space for one vintage computer in my room due to my old tv from 1991, and my NES, Sega Genesis, and so on, taking up the other space.

I have decided to remove those, and put in a small desk, with my 286, so that's what happened, and this is the story in pictures! :cool:

P.S: The 5.25 floppy looks funny because the face plate got damaged when I was experimenting with retrobrite hot water method, it melted and became deformed, so I made a make-shift one out of cardboard.

https://scontent-mia3-2.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/20994240_10210369329013745_7445061866165142033_n.j pg?oh=aba01f7b9425a51f782eee2f06be3dce&oe=5A709906

https://scontent-mia3-2.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/22851937_10210829466756901_2100640466773993792_n.j pg?oh=c781233985963994a0ccafa716010654&oe=5AABBB45

https://scontent-mia3-2.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/22853392_10210829466876904_819692941941543043_n.jp g?oh=be0f5a40afcd97fbc6a371edeb4f293c&oe=5A74A513

https://scontent-mia3-2.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/22885758_10210829467196912_3194328883888130499_n.j pg?oh=ebf8924cb7e9bd807616e4c82adf73cc&oe=5AA5CCBB

https://scontent-mia3-2.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/22815507_10210829467356916_9077779511610752588_n.j pg?oh=caaa1d323eeb5bed0a20f82c7feb541c&oe=5A65C868

and Tah Dah!

https://scontent-mia3-2.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/23031307_10210829467796927_3540740268252290091_n.j pg?oh=67b052d168fd634d9fb8056508def76d&oe=5A6740AF

evildragon
October 30th, 2017, 06:36 AM
As long as you do everything as you are supposed to, it just works!

Not when Packard Bell in the 90's was issuing the wrong BIOS updates on mail order floppies. ;) Or when the used Conner drives they installed as "new" started failing after a year of use.. Even the 2X matsushita drive in our PB failed due to a weak laser early on in it's life. Drive was a spare pull, not new as we discovered all the scratches on it, in a new system. Packard Bell was notorious for installing used parts in something you purchased new, which in a lot of cases, is illegal, and of course, dirty.

vwestlife
October 30th, 2017, 03:13 PM
Not when Packard Bell in the 90's was issuing the wrong BIOS updates on mail order floppies. ;) Or when the used Conner drives they installed as "new" started failing after a year of use.. Even the 2X matsushita drive in our PB failed due to a weak laser early on in its life. Drive was a spare pull, not new as we discovered all the scratches on it, in a new system. Packard Bell was notorious for installing used parts in something you purchased new, which in a lot of cases, is illegal, and of course, dirty.
And they got sued for doing that:

http://articles.latimes.com/1998/oct/08/business/fi-30462

rittwage
October 30th, 2017, 05:36 PM
I once opened up a Packard Bell that had 2x400M Conner drives somehow rigged together to work as an 800M drive. It was not master/slave IDE.. somehow they had special boards or something. It seemed like a long way to go to do this... I guess they had a warehouse full of them or something.

evildragon
October 30th, 2017, 05:59 PM
And they got sued for doing that:

http://articles.latimes.com/1998/oct/08/business/fi-30462

They sure did!

Krille
October 31st, 2017, 02:21 AM
I once opened up a Packard Bell that had 2x400M Conner drives somehow rigged together to work as an 800M drive. It was not master/slave IDE.. somehow they had special boards or something. It seemed like a long way to go to do this... I guess they had a warehouse full of them or something.

I guess this would need special support in the BIOS unless it was supported by the drives themselves somehow? Do you know if the drive combo worked in other computers?

rittwage
October 31st, 2017, 03:46 AM
I guess this would need special support in the BIOS unless it was supported by the drives themselves somehow? Do you know if the drive combo worked in other computers?

It's been a long time, and as you could guess- they brought it to me because it was not working anymore. I do recall it had some kind of adapter connecting them together and the BIOS detected it as one drive. I don't think I tried to move it to another machine- I replaced it with a real drive.