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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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Dave on Sunday, November 29, 2015
The Packard Bell 386SX/16 was my first PC. It originally came with 1MB RAM (I later upgraded to 4MB) and 40MB hard drive (I later upgraded to 60). It also originally came with MS-DOS 3.3, which I later upgraded to MS-DOS 5 & 6 and Windows 3.0 & 3.1, and ran MS Office Pro 4.0 which came in a huge box of manuals and a 3-4" stack of 3.5" floppy disks. Also had tons of "bootleg" software to play with like WordPerfect 5.1, Lotus 123, Freelance & Harvard Graphics. dBase III+ & IV, and on & on. Also had 2400, 14.4 & 28.8 external modems and participated on CompuServe, Prodigy, AOL and BBSs in the early '90s. That computer upgraded easily and never missed a beat. Good Times!
Cookie on Saturday, March 14, 2015
This computer was released in 1987 by Packard Bell. It has a 386 processor(go figure) and runs, on the norm, MS-DOS. All of the other info I don't know, but that's because I don't know about any more info, but that's because I don't know about the ORIGINAL PB386. It's pretty much the same as the original PB386.
Corsair ( on Wednesday, January 07, 2015
This was my first PC. It was a 386SX at 16mhz, which could be halved to 8 for older DOS compatibility. Mine was a model that came with a 120MB Hard Drive and 2MB RAM, and a 2400 baud modem. It came with a 5.25 and 3.5 floppy drive, and started with DOS 4.1 and then 5, then 6.22. My dad got me a 2MB upgrade and a Soundblaster Pro for my birthday once. I played a lot of Wolf 3d and BBS door games on it. Later on, my dad bought a BNC Multimedia upgrade that had a 4x Caddy CDROM, controller card, and speakers. This PC was originally my parents, and when I graduated 8th grade, they gave it to me and the Commodore 128 went into the attic. I remember stressing out to fix it before my parents got home! This PC could handle Wing Commander too. And Master Of Orion.
PlattsBurg on Sunday, December 21, 2014
I used a 386sx20mhz with 10mb on msdos 6, cyrix math pro. I used a gravis ultrasound 256k & yamaha speakers dj ing.
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.
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