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Packard Bell Legend 386X

Packard Bell Legend 386X

Speed16 MHz
Memory1024 KB
Hard Drive40  MB

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Release Date: 1/1/1987
Manufacturer: Packard Bell
 
Donated By: Kimber Osborne
 
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Fred, Catonsville, MD on Saturday, July 19, 2014
The Packard Bell was my first PC as a kid. My parents purchased this around 1991 when I was 12 years old. I had been pestering them for an IBM-compatible computer for a few years and they finally relented. As another commenter noted, it ran at 8mhz "standard" and 16mhz "turbo". I remember as a kid thinking that I shouldn't run it on turbo too much or it would break. I upgraded mine with an external CD-ROM drive, a Soundblaster card, an internal CD-ROM drive later, a 14.4 modem, and later a 28.8 modem. I ran a bulletin board system (BBS) on the unit from 1992 to 1994 in the Baltimore area called "The Dog Pound" ... It was my first foray into online computing when the internet was still really expensive but online BBSes offered hours of fun. Ultimately, I think I upgraded this machine to 8MB of RAM, which helped substantially with running some CD-ROM games that otherwise wouldn't run at all. I remember one was "Where in the World is Carmen San Diego" which had really great sound. I also remember a sound blaster AI program called "Dr. Sbaitso" that came with the unit. I had this computer until around 1996-97 time frame when my parents sprung for a Pentium 90 (the one with the Pentium floating-point error). But I'll always remember the PB Legend 386sx.
Ron on Tuesday, May 13, 2014
This was my first real computer. It has a 32 bit processor but a 16 bit bus. Each 32 bit instruction had to come in as two 16 bit instructions and then assembled in the processor. The sales man had to convince me to get the hard drive. I had more than 40 floppy disks from my Commodore 64 and didn't think I needed a hard drive. The salesman told me that if I wait until next week, that they would have the same computer with a 120M hard drive. Mine came with 1M RAM and I upgraded to 2M and did notice an improvement. I also bought the co-processor but didn't see any improvement. I ended up giving it away but somehow the box is still in the garage attic.
ninkas on Thursday, February 18, 2010
From what I can remember when we had one, this unit has an Intel 386sx CPU running at 8 MHz standard and 16 MHz on Turbo, the motherboard has a slot for a co-processor but does not come with one. The unit supports 30-pin SIMM memory and has ISA slots for expansion capabilities for modems, LAN cards, graphics card, and sound cards, etc. The unit is able to run Windows 3.11 on DOS 6.0 and various programs; however due to memory (2 MB) and HDD (120 GB) limitations, was not able to test whether it could install Windows 95 (several attempts were un-successful). With a 512 KB video card, the graphics maxed out at 256 colors in Windows. It was definitely a fun experience and good first hands on experience into the computer troubleshooting world.
Bill on Sunday, September 06, 2009
Kimber Osborne: Using a Packard Bell Legend 386X with the addition of 4 megs of ram to run a telescope and ccd camera in my roof-top observatory................................. Bill
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