The 10 Worst PCs of All Time: NO # PACKARD BELL

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  1. Die

    Die Notebook Consultant

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    Not sure about the whole rebranding thing PB is alleged to have done (it's probably true), but it's interesting to hear that a lot of our first PCs were PBs. Same here. Our family purchased our very first computer (pre installed with Windows 95) back in the mid 90s and it was also a PB. It's disheartening to hear them say that PB packaged "used" parts in their computers. I personally thought our PB performed well given the time and circumstances. Sure, it was slow as hell to boot up, but the specs sucked anyway. I do remember it coming with a TON of software CDs including Windows 95 software discs and the whole kit n kaboodle.

    I'm glad PB is still around, albeit not in the US anymore. I'd consider buying another PB just to see how it is now compared to 12 years ago. Honestly, their "limited edition" laptops don't look half bad and I'd take em over a lot of the other choices here.
     
  2. bubba_000

    bubba_000 Notebook Evangelist

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    Well, i have an easynote mv86-003 laptop which is now 10 months old and i think it's pretty good. It doesn't overheat since it survived a full day of downloading in the summer and 3 hours of crysis. there are a few problems, but very minor considering that it almost always sits on the desk: - the HDD lid is a little creacky and moving
    - The case creaks, but very little, but it's still pretty rigid so it doesn't buckle.

    And besides, i think PB is the 3rd computer company in Europe. They're very popular. I doubt they would be so popular if they were that bad, atleast the new models.
     
  3. welder

    welder Notebook Enthusiast

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    HELLO TO THIS FORUM. IM RELATIVELY NEW TO COMPUTERS, ALMOST BRAND NEW TO LAPTOPS. I BOUGHT A SECOND HAND PACKARD BELL VX. THE SCREEN IS BRIGHT, THE BATTERY HOLDS A CHARGE ETC. HOWEVER I DO HAVE A PROBLEM WITH IT. THE DVD DRIVE D IS JAMMED CLOSED
    IVE TRIED OPENING IT WITH A PAPER CLIP POKED IN THE RELEVANT HOLE, WITHOUT SUCCESS. I CAN HEAR THE DRIVE "ATTEMPTING" TO OPEN. ANY SUGGESTIONS? WHY AND HOW DO DRIVES JAM AT ALL? IS THIS A PROBLEM I COULD MAY FIX MYSELF (IF I KNEW HOW) ANY HELP WOULD BE WELCOME.

    welder
     
  4. welder

    welder Notebook Enthusiast

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    OK, I have a Packard Bell Vx laptop and I also have a desktop computer. Im new on this entire subject (you probably guessed) but Im enthusiastic.
    HOW do I link the PB to the HP so as to have a network. Would both benefit from the other?
    Hope someone will advise
    Sincerely

    welder
     
  5. Kdawgca

    Kdawgca rotaredoM repudrepuS RBN

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    Welder,

    Please make a new thread for your question. Also, in the new thread, make sure you provide plenty of info(OS, models, Router, Modem etc).

    -kdawgca
    NBR Mod
     
  6. Zellio

    Zellio The Dark Knight

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    Autobot032 Notebook Enthusiast

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    BWAHAHAHAHA! Packard Hell, I mean Bell.

    Yeah, my family and I suffered through two of those unholy monsters.

    The first one was a pathetic, underpowered, unreliable piece of trash that cost us $1199.99 If I remember correctly...it had a 100 mhz Pentium, 32 mb of RAM, 1 gig hard drive, 14.4 modem, 13 inch CRT, Windows 95, etc. (not all specs are correct, I'm going by memory on an 11 year old computer...but those are insanely close. I know the processor and hard drive are correct.)

    It wouldn't connect to the internet, no matter how hard we tried. We called the ISP, they said it needed to be configured to run, so we took it, come to find out that they had to work on the actual hardware to get it to work, not software based, like we had originally thought.

    The hard drive ended up dying, and we took it in for repairs, then it needed to go back to the ISP again, this time it worked, come to find out..PB sent the PC out with a used drive that was dying from the getgo, it was only a matter of time before it would've crapped out altogether on us.

    So, once the PC was fixed up, working as it was supposed to, we then returned it to the store (were within the 90 day return policy then.) and the salesman said "I knew you'd be back. We've had every single one returned."

    The second one was given to me by my uncle. It too was underpowered, a joke and a half...but it actually ran. Other than overheating a couple of times, it was reliable enough to surf the web, send emails, etc. I gave it away.

    I owned an AST...heh. Wal-Mart got that sucker back in less than 5 days. If had to be formatted twice...just to watch a VCD (anyone remember being able to buy Dumb & Dumber, Mortal Kombat and others from Electronics Boutique in a VCD 2-pack for like $10.00? Yeah..we thought we were cutting edge then, eh?)

    I finally suffered through with a home brew, bought an eMachine (which is still running solid) and now my Toshiba Satellite. Took me a decade and change, but I finally got a PC with some oomph in it.

    lol

    Packard Bell...I laugh at thee.
     
  8. ElKid

    ElKid Notebook Evangelist

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    I don't know about the worst, but the do have all kinds of problems.
     
  9. Schtuperman

    Schtuperman Newbie

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    Though my first computers were Atari 400's, xe's, ST's, and Amigas, my first PC was a Legend 60 Packard Bell. Pentium 60, 8 MB, 540 MB drive, 14.4. This would have probably been around the 1994-95 timeframe. The computer, 15" monitor, and an HP DeskJet 550C came to about $3000. I upgraded this unit's motherboard to a P-200 system maxed out at 64 MB (the motherboard was made by Intel and the newer generation was available to purchase), and later I also purchased the P-200 tower model of the same PC. I had many of my friends and quite a few businesses purchase the same or very similar model Packard Bells. I am somewhat surprised at the low ranking because I never had a lick of problems out of any of them (I was the "pc nut" servicing, maintaining, and performing upgrades for everyone). Though I don't actually have them in service anymore, I still have both of mine in the basement on a shelf. Both still run Win98SE. I actually plugged in the tower a few months ago for ya-yas and it booted up just fine. Was funny seeing the old Win98SE bootup screen. In the day, I actually appreciated their white with gray trim design...especially the tower which was pretty cool looking, IMHO. Certainly more appealing than some other computers, even some of the current models!

    Ah...nostalgia...thanks for the memories Packard Bell...you served me well! (I had 582 kills in a single online session of Descent II with one of these puppies! :eek: )

    Interesting Tidbit: Packard Bell was perhaps the first with the idea of customized pc cases. For the desktop case at least, you could purchase a kit that came with the gray trim pieces in four different colors. I prefered the gray, but a few of my friends bought the kits and shared the different colors amoung themselves.
     

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    Durious Notebook Evangelist

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    Old PB with saudered RAM!

    Oh times do change!
     
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