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    [wiki]Category:Companies[/wiki]
    [wiki="File:Pb_logo.PNG"]200px|thumb|top|the Packard Bell logo[/wiki]
    [wiki="File:2packardbell.jpg"]200px|thumb|left|A Packard Bell series 2 computer[/wiki]
    Packard Bell is a technology company which used to make computers, as well as TV's, and radios. Packard Bell was founded in 1926 and lasted until 2008 when Packard Bell was acquired by the Acer computer corporation. Packard Bell played a moderate role in vintage computing and were the manufacturers of many computers.

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    Here is a listing of models with their CPU I have compiled over the years.

    Axcel 42CD, A940-4X4A: 486SX
    Axcel 453CD: Pentium
    Executive 486SX, PB 23: 486
    Force 53CD: 486DX
    Legend I, PB686: 286
    Legend 7CD: 486SX
    Legend 11CD: 486DX
    Legend 15CD: 486SX
    Legend 17CD: A940: 486SX
    Legend 24CD: Pentium
    Legend 81CD Supreme: 486DX2
    Legend 110CDT: Pentium
    Legend 125, PB411A: 486SX
    Legend 130CD, A940: Pentium
    Legend 245, PB421A: 486SX
    Legend 300, A940: Pentium
    Legend 300CD, 1412SL: Pentium
    Legend 300SX: 386
    Legend 386SX: 386SX
    Legend 605, PB400: 486SX
    Legend 650 Plus, 841123: 386SX
    Legend 660: Pentium
    Legend 730, PB400: 486SX
    Legend 780, PB421A: 486SX
    Legend 814CD, A940: Pentium
    Legend 823CDT, A940-TWR: Pentium
    Legend 1540 Supreme: Pentium
    Legend 2000 Plus Multi-Media, PB431A: 486SX
    Legend 2050, PB440A: 486DX2
    Legend 2440, LG 2440: Pentium
    Legend Supreme 1910, A950-TWR: Pentium
    Multi-Media, 102 CD: 486
    Multimedia 215: Pentium
    Multimedia 750, A940-TWR: Pentium
    Multimedia C115, C 115 A: Pentium
    Multimedia D135, A940: Pentium
    Multimedia E154: Pentium
    Multimedia M400: Pentium
    Multimedia S606: Pentium
    Pack-Mate II: 286
    Pack-Mate 7715EX, A950-TWR: Pentium
    Pack-Mate 7600, A940-TWR: Pentium
    Pack-Mate 6200: Pentium
    PB500: 8088
    Platinum I: Pentium
    Platinum, A940: Pentium
    Platinum 55, A950: Pentium
    Platinum 2010X, A940: Pentium
    Platinum Supreme 1850: Pentium
    Synera, SYN-412: Pentium
    System 1800, EX-1800I: TBD (286?)

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    Current retro systems:
    2x Commodore 64 Breadbin 250407 Rev. B and C
    Packard Bell Pack-Mate 28 Plus, aka, the Ultimate Sound Card machine
    iMac G3/600 Graphite, Mac OS X 10.4.11 Tiger, Lubuntu 16.04.3 LTS
    iMac G4/800 Lampshade, Mac OS X 10.4.11 Tiger
    YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/RetroPCUser

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    2008 seems pretty late. I know Acer ended up purchasing thier IP but werent they purchased prior to that as well. i remember in thier hayday being sold at sears (late 80's early 90's) but I dont have any memories of seeing them in the late 90's or early 2000's let alone 2008. Seems they were gone before then.

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    There have been 4 Packard Bell as computer companies:
    The one that ran mid-80s to mid-90s and had all sorts of problems
    from mid-90s to early 2000s, was the consumer computer division for NEC and lost money
    2008 on was part of Acer in Europe
    Apparently, there is a new US Packard Bell producing laptops for J.C. Penney starting last year but I haven't seen any.

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    Huh. Interesting to hear something about that. I got my Packard Bell with the keyboard and mouse for $17 + tax last February of 2017 and upgraded the heck out of it. In fact, Amazon does sell Packard Bell laptops that are running Windows 10, but, they ain't what they used to be.

    In fact, back in the 1980's, they were the first company that are IBM PC Compatible that were sold at retail stores, such as Sears for the time being until the 1990's when they got bought out by NEC, then later Acer.

    Sauce: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Packard_Bell
    Current retro systems:
    2x Commodore 64 Breadbin 250407 Rev. B and C
    Packard Bell Pack-Mate 28 Plus, aka, the Ultimate Sound Card machine
    iMac G3/600 Graphite, Mac OS X 10.4.11 Tiger, Lubuntu 16.04.3 LTS
    iMac G4/800 Lampshade, Mac OS X 10.4.11 Tiger
    YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/RetroPCUser

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    Quote Originally Posted by krebizfan View Post
    Apparently, there is a new US Packard Bell producing laptops for J.C. Penney starting last year but I haven't seen any.
    Wow, one failing company selling another failing companies product. Thats just silly.

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    At this stage, it's just a name, like "Hell and Bowels" (bankrupt in 2011) or "Rolapoid" (bankrupt twice in the 2000s and now owned by Polish investor Oskar Smołokowski).

    The old PB was notable not only in home appliances, but also in early computing. I'd posit that the PB250 (no relation to the PB500 or its ilk) was one of the first minicomputers. You could power it from a wall receptacle.

    In the 80s, the moribund brand was picked up by an Israeli army tank driver and his buddies.

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