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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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User Comments
Laurel on Wednesday, October 25, 2017
I'm going to be 70 and computer literate. I kept my
Laurel on Wednesday, October 25, 2017
I'm going to be 70 and computer literate. I kept mine. I still have all of it with sound system and all books. Still works. Soul love to sell it for about $500.
Panxerox on Saturday, September 2, 2017
Had one of these, the sx was to denote that it was an emulated 486 ... but cheaper. Can't believe I sold a 4 acre parcel of land to buy it.
ADM on Wednesday, August 9, 2017
PCWorld rated the PB Legend as the worst desktop of all time. Rock bottom in reliability and such poor quality that new PC's were occasionally found with used parts inside. Great article:
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 7, 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.
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 6, 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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