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Old May 19th 08, 01:39 AM posted to alt.sys.pc-clone.packardbell
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"metronid" wrote in message
On May 12, 9:07 pm, "AWM" wrote:
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On May 12, 6:09 pm, "AWM" wrote:

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On May 11, 7:04 pm, "AWM" wrote:

Thanks for all the info Rich, the problem I actually have is a slight
distorted bubble appearance on the cd film that is preventing the
installation from installing completely. So I need to rebuild the cd,
can figure out which files are not reading correctly off the cd...
mc"Rich/rerat" wrote in message


If you are getting an error when trying to install with PB MRCD
"Installation has found that this in not a Packard Bell computer".
Or words to that effect, the following things could be happening.

1. You have upgraded the BIOS for the motherboard, that the MRCD
recognize. I have a PB MM955 with a PB850 motherboard using Win98
PBell left the US in 2000, their support ended for this PC, and the
upgrades ended at version 1.09. Even though there were additional
upgraded for that motherboard, but they were not designed for the
American machines. So the PB MRCD will not work those PC's, that
newer versions of the BIOS. You will need to downgrade the BIOS.
2. If you added newer hardware such as video card, sound card, or
card, or even a newer CD-ROM or DVD player, you may run into a
installation process looks for certain hardware, so it can install
proper drivers for these devises. If they can not be found, because
upgraded, the process will also stop. Had this issue when I
video card to replace onboard video chip. The original solution, was
remove the video card, use the MRCD, then reinstall the video card.
"disabling" the video on the board, using a jumper change did not
you might need to remove some hardware upgrades you made. run the
reinstall upgrades and install appropriate drivers.

The following Work Around, is what I have used in the past, so I did
have to remove hardware when reinstalling from the MRCD.
1. Boot into DOS using the Win98 Boot diskette.
2. Using FDISK, set up the partitions.
3. Boot back into DOS. Place MRCD into CD-ROM.
4. Select either installation file from the MRCD in DOS to run
"X:\" being the CD-ROM designation in DOS. This will only install
your PC, you will need to install PBell hardware drivers and PBell
manually later:


5. Remove MRCD & Boot Diskette, from PC during the installation
6. Once you get Win98 installed and you boot up it on the PC.
7. Place MRCD into the CD-ROM, when the installation window pops up,
8. From the MRCD, Copy the following Folder directory:


And Paste it into the following folder Directory:


9. From the C:\WINDOWS\OPTIONS\GTS folder, send a shortcut of the
STracker.exe file to the Desktop.
10. From the Desktop click on the STracker.exe shortcut, and you
able install the PBell bundled software that came with you PC now.

If your PBell is working right now, it might be useful if you locate
drivers for PBell hardware (modem, sound card, etc...) installed
Device Manager. And copy them into a separate folder, and back up
folder. So it will be easier to reinstall the PBell hardware
you reinstall Win98. They are there in the MRCD, and CAB files in
\OPTIONS\ directory, but it might be time consuming to locate &
right one.

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Does anyone know how I could scan my original PB Win 98FE cd and
errors preventing the installation? I could use my stand alone win
try to make a functioning cd....
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I am pretty sure you have a defective CD
What errors did you receive when using the CD.
The HD did have enough room ?
Was the HD empty?

I use Winimage to make a CDROM ISO IMAGE
If it fails you can check the size of each folder against the CDROM
and hope
that is the bad one

Also see by searching if you can find the cab files
You can install windows 98 right off of that

Depending on the encryption method the other PB files can be added
Or not.

The best I can remember(2 months ago) is that after it went thru a full
restore and rebooted I would get a can not write to disk error. I was
a 20 gig WD.
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So windows did load from the CD.
It failed after reboot.
Did you format the HD first ?
Have you tried a boot floppy to see how much room is on the HD.
It may not be the CD.

I did format the HD using the WD utility disk, and then I used a boot
to start to load the cd. I do not remember
if I checked to see how much room was on the HD.
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Sounds correct to me.
The PB CD usually tells if there is enough room.

I hope the utility did not partition the disk
Which I doubt

Get a win98 boot disk with fdisk on it
Look at the parttition info

I have a strange hunch
I could be wrong

metronoid you were right,
I used a new HD(160gig), booted with the floppy you and SS provided a few
months ago(44 files), and the installation worked. So the cd is good. Now I
have to figure out how to get win 98FE to recognize more than 8gigs..

Old November 15th 17, 02:12 AM posted to alt.sys.pc-clone.packardbell
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On Wednesday, May 7, 2008 at 8:04:55 AM UTC-5, Htos1 wrote:
Hi All,
Just wondering if anyone still has a PB restore cd for the 486 systems from
1994?It would create ms-dos/win3xx setup discs via discimage in win3xx.I
would really to get a copy,if they're still available.No luck via the usual
internet searches and queries to commercial vendors.Thanks.

On Wednesday, May 7, 2008 at 8:04:55 AM UTC-5, Htos1 wrote:
Hi All,
Just wondering if anyone still has a PB restore cd for the 486 systems from
1994?It would create ms-dos/win3xx setup discs via discimage in win3xx.I
would really to get a copy,if they're still available.No luck via the usual
internet searches and queries to commercial vendors.Thanks.

Ten years on, I found the exact cd-rom image for the PBell system I wanted. Thanks everyone for the great info all these years. PM me if you'd like a copy.

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