Solved Packard Bell Master CD and Recovery & Restore Diskette Issue

September 9, 2014 at 15:14:14
Specs: Windows 95, Pentium 1 16MB
Hi Guys,

You guys may realize me from the Packard Bell Thread. I got a Packard Bell Platinum 1 and replaced the hard drive for a 2GB Compact Flash, the original hard drive was 1.2GB. Now, I tried using my Original Packard Bell Master CD Version: 170580 and the Restore & Recovery Floppy Version 2.2W. When I put the media into the appropriate drive, and boot the computer; it says "Insert bootable media into the appropriate drive." It was supposed to go into the Packard Bell Restore Menu, not say this. The original owner I got this computer from, said the he used the Master CD and Restore & Recovery Floppy before, but he was not specific on how he used them. I think I might have the wrong Restore & Recovery Floppy. I might need to get Version 2.3W as said in this thread, http://forums.techguy.org/earlier-v... I tried a different Master CD for Windows 95 B and it worked and got to the Restore Menu. Only problem is that there is some software on the original Master CD that came with this computer. I have a video link, please take a look and help me out. I never had experienced this before. Thanks Everyone.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mdVX...

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September 12, 2014 at 01:37:24
I think I mentioned in a PM that the floppy disk or drive might be bad. Regardless of the disk version it should boot up. I assume that's not happening? You might try a dos bootdisk from someplace like bootdisk.com just to see if it boots OK from a floppy.

Also if you take a look at the floppy--the config.sys, autoexec.bat and the files they call and then check the cd files--you might be able to figure out how to start the restore with a different disk.

I never used any of those disks. I just accumulated them from various places over the years. The floppies may or may not be the versions that originally came with the restore cd's.

Sorry I haven't send the PB sound cards yet. There's 6 or 7 or them I think but I just haven't boxed them up and taken them to the post office. People moved in and rearranged my junk so I've been busy trying to make room.

Don't forget to preorder your Hatch green chili for this fall. Many vendors ship world-wide. Better hurry. They're picking and shipping now.



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September 9, 2014 at 22:58:20
Flash memory not suitable for hard drive replacement in the first place so I think it's this issue instead of the wrong version of CDs trying to be used. Random changes to flash memory not possible without writing the entire page of memory which is dinosaur slow compared to a real hard drive. Reads are somewhat better but still not acceptable performance compared to a real hard drive. In short, there is NO way this will work and you simply need a real hard drive in there.

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September 10, 2014 at 04:11:14
I am afraid that is not the problem. I also have the original Maxtor 1.2GB HDD that came with this PC. I swapped it out yesterday and still gives me the same message " Insert Bootable Media into appropriate drive." Check out my video, and you can see another Master CD and Floppy working.

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September 10, 2014 at 05:42:25
I don't know how Pack-Bell CDs work, but from what I recall, retail Win95 CDs were not bootable. You 1st have to boot off a Win95 boot floppy to load the CD-ROM drivers, then start the installation from DOS. And you'll need to install a standard HDD.

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September 10, 2014 at 12:08:53
I am afraid that is not the problem. I also have the original Maxtor 1.2GB HDD that came with this PC. I swapped it out yesterday and still gives me the same message " Insert Bootable Media into appropriate drive." Check out my video, and you can see another Master CD and Floppy working.

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#5
September 10, 2014 at 12:34:00
Your POST screens simply show the floppy and CD drive are recognized by the BIOS.

Have you entered the BIOS (setup) screens and set the boot order to floppy first, CD second, hard drive third? If the computer is booting to the hard drive first, then that would explain the message you see.

BTW, IF you are going to show us the labels on disks, leave them in front of the camera long enough to read the labels.

I don't know anything about how Packard Bell worked when Windows 95 was in use, but I am not aware of any recovery disks. Only the full version of Win95. As riider stated above, you installed starting with a DOS prompt and command line. Then went to the floppy disk to start the process.


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#6
September 10, 2014 at 17:28:40
Why do you insist on using the Pack Bell discs? I'm sure they're loaded with crapware. How about using a retail Win95 CD instead? You can always copy over the crapware afterwards.

Get the Win95C image at the following link. It's in .7z format so you'll need 7-zip or peazip to unpack it. After you unpack it, open the folder to find the win95c_osr25.iso file. You can then burn it to a CD using imgburn or similar software.

direct download - Microsoft Windows 95C (4.03.1216.osr2.5)

http://www.7-zip.org/

http://peazip.sourceforge.net/

Download the Win95 boot floppy creator from here:

direct download - Win95 boot floppy creator

After you've created the disks, make sure you have the HDD installed & the boot order configured correctly in the BIOS, then boot up with both the floppy & CD in the drives.


EDIT: if you need a key, look here: http://rosshaynes.com/windowsos.html

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September 11, 2014 at 10:38:59
Believe it or not, it some cases the serial for Windows 95 is simply one number repeated several times over. At this point Windows 95 is well past obsolete for most people so I doubt Microsoft would even care.

http://sdfox7.com

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September 11, 2014 at 12:15:35
riider, I do not want to do that method because it will destroy my Compact Flash by running SCANDISK. I have tried doing this by following this link, http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/1... It was not good. Also, I followed this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Faj... he also has 2 other videos on how he installed the Windows 95 using the Master CD and Floppy.

OtheHill, I tried your method, but I forgot to mention that I have Windows 95 installed by using the second Master CD and Floppy in my video. Please check that out. I also set the boot order but the CF Card booted. I disabled the hard drive in the bios and put the CD ROM first and floppy third, but it still gives me the same message.

READ THIS: I THINK I NEED PACKARD BELL RESTORE & RECOVERY DISKETTE 2.3W. IF ANYONE HAS THIS OR THE BCPS NUMBER FOR THIS DISKETTE. PLEASE REPLY!


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September 12, 2014 at 01:37:24
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I think I mentioned in a PM that the floppy disk or drive might be bad. Regardless of the disk version it should boot up. I assume that's not happening? You might try a dos bootdisk from someplace like bootdisk.com just to see if it boots OK from a floppy.

Also if you take a look at the floppy--the config.sys, autoexec.bat and the files they call and then check the cd files--you might be able to figure out how to start the restore with a different disk.

I never used any of those disks. I just accumulated them from various places over the years. The floppies may or may not be the versions that originally came with the restore cd's.

Sorry I haven't send the PB sound cards yet. There's 6 or 7 or them I think but I just haven't boxed them up and taken them to the post office. People moved in and rearranged my junk so I've been busy trying to make room.

Don't forget to preorder your Hatch green chili for this fall. Many vendors ship world-wide. Better hurry. They're picking and shipping now.


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September 12, 2014 at 08:06:17
DAVEINCAPS, turns out you are the best answer. I finally found out that I have the wrong restore diskette. I WAS RIGHT THE WHOLE TIME, I should have gotten the Packard Bell Master Restore Diskette 2.3W BCPS Number: 146816. I need this diskette.

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#11
September 13, 2014 at 01:27:54
I couldn't find any downloads for that. Check this ebay listing:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/PACKARD-BEL...

I couldn't tell which disks he had but you could contact him. Otherwise it'll probably be some listing like this that will eventually have the disk.


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#12
September 13, 2014 at 13:46:42
Why are you bothering with the restore disks from Packard Bell? You can use a Win95 floppy and a downloaded ISO. Those disks may not have all the correct drivers anyway unless the disks were customized for you exact hardware configuration.

Are you in the UK?


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#13
September 13, 2014 at 18:18:06
He seems to like packard bell stuff. I think I suggested just doing a regular install like that in one of his previous threads but he was only interested in the original PB installations. I sent him all my PB disks awhile back but they were incomplete. He lives somewhere in Louisiana.

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