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Packard Bell European Master CD

Postby pbuser » 2018-5-16 @ 20:18

Hi everyone,

For nostalgic reasons, I'm looking for a restore/recovery CD called "European Master CD" that was part of the software bundle from a Packard Bell computer I purchased at PC World (UK) back in ~summer 1995.

The specs of this PC was :
- Pentium 60 MHz
- 8 MB RAM
- 528 MB Hard Drive
- Cirrus Logic 5430 graphics chip
- Standard Packard Bell sound card
- 3.5" 1.44 MB floppy drive
- 4x Panasonic CR-574 CD-ROM drive

This Master CD is 'easily' recognizable by its part number which reads 6705370200 as well as its red/silver top side.

It includes the following software/system in British English, French and German :

Systems
- Windows for Workgroups 3.11
- MS-DOS 6.22

Softwares
- Encarta 95, Fine Artist, Works 3.0, Money 3.0, Windows Entertainment Pack (Skifree, Rattler Race...) [Microsoft]
- Sage Moneywise
- Lotus Organizer
- Disk Image
- Packard Bell Navigator 2.1
- 3-D Body Adventure, 3-D Dinosaur Adventure, Kid's Zoo, Bug Adventure, Magic Theatre..
..Undersea / Speed / Space Adventure [Knowledge Adventure / Softkey / Instinct Corporation]
- The Four Seasons of French Cuisine [Arome Interactive]
- Cyberia Mission Norway [Interplay]
- Multimedia Maestro [Software Dynamics]
- Learn French with Asterix [Eurotalk]
- Beethoven's 5th Symphony [Montparnasse Multimedia]
... among many others as well as drivers for sound, FM radio & video cards, CD-ROM drives...

Not to mention Packard Bell's OEM stuff (such as rolling demo...).

It shipped with Packard Bell's Legend, Axcel, Executive 9500 and Spectria series from around september to november 1995.

As an example, the spec sticker from the box an Executive 9503/4 shipped in :
PB_Executive_9503.jpg
(The serial number begins with 23).

I've been looking for it FOR YEARS, ALL OVER the Internet (including message boards such as Reddit, BetaArchive, VCF...), without any success. I even asked Packard Bell themselves.

Searching through internet, I found only 2 pages mentioning this CD :

- http://www.uktsupport.co.uk/pb/faq/model.htm
- https://groups.google.com/d/msg/alt.sys ... oUhvMhg-gJ

Maybe someone here have or had a Packard Bell computer including this CD ?

Given its rarity, I'm willing to buy this CD at a golden price (up to £200).

Any help will be GREATLY appreciated (and maybe HIGHLY rewarded) :happy:

Thank you
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Re: Packard Bell European Master CD

Postby pbuser » 2018-6-10 @ 09:46

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Re: Packard Bell European Master CD

Postby derSammler » 2018-6-10 @ 09:56

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Re: Packard Bell European Master CD

Postby oeuvre » 2018-6-11 @ 12:54

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Re: Packard Bell European Master CD

Postby pbuser » 2018-6-11 @ 16:35

This Master CD is not downloadable from any site on the Internet.
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Re: Packard Bell European Master CD

Postby cyclone3d » 2018-6-11 @ 19:46

Do you have access to the BetaArchive FTP site? If not, I'll check and see if it is on there.
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Re: Packard Bell European Master CD

Postby pbuser » 2018-6-11 @ 20:03

I've already checked the BA FTP server : this Master CD isn't on there.
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Re: Packard Bell European Master CD

Postby Tetrium » 2018-6-16 @ 23:30

What does this disk look like? Have a pic of it?
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Re: Packard Bell European Master CD

Postby cyclone3d » 2018-6-17 @ 00:09

Tetrium wrote:What does this disk look like? Have a pic of it?


First result on google images for Packard Bell European Master CD comes up with the picture:
1372883228.or.46613.jpg
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Re: Packard Bell European Master CD

Postby Tetrium » 2018-6-17 @ 15:59

cyclone3d wrote:
Tetrium wrote:What does this disk look like? Have a pic of it?


First result on google images for Packard Bell European Master CD comes up with the picture:
1372883228.or.46613.jpg

I suppose they had more master disks, which all may have looked different. Hence why I asked :P
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Re: Packard Bell European Master CD

Postby pbuser » 2018-6-17 @ 19:55

It's exactly what the CD looks like.

The front cover of the CD case is as follow :
pbemcd.jpg
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Re: Packard Bell European Master CD

Postby yawetaG » 2018-6-18 @ 07:03

Tetrium wrote:
cyclone3d wrote:
Tetrium wrote:What does this disk look like? Have a pic of it?


First result on google images for Packard Bell European Master CD comes up with the picture:
1372883228.or.46613.jpg

I suppose they had more master disks, which all may have looked different. Hence why I asked :P


Or they may all be the same except for the part number... :dead:
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Re: Packard Bell European Master CD

Postby Tetrium » 2018-6-18 @ 21:18

yawetaG wrote:
Tetrium wrote:
cyclone3d wrote:
First result on google images for Packard Bell European Master CD comes up with the picture:
1372883228.or.46613.jpg

I suppose they had more master disks, which all may have looked different. Hence why I asked :P


Or they may all be the same except for the part number... :dead:

Or they may have the exact same part number but still look very different. I don't really know and before I commit and go through my stacks of optical media I'd prefer to know what the item I'm looking for actually looks like. It makes searching so much faster.
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Re: Packard Bell European Master CD

Postby pbuser » 2018-6-18 @ 21:58

What mainly differentiates EU Master CDs from the 1995 era are the languages and the part number specified on them.
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