For nostalgic reasons, I'm looking for a restore/recovery CD called "European Master CD
" that was part of the software bundle from a Packard Bell computer I purchased at PC World UK back in ~summer 1995
. The main specs of this PC were :
- intel 486DX2 66MHz processor - 8 MB RAM - 528 MB Hard Drive - Cirrus Logic 5430/5434 Video Chip - 16-bit stereo Sound Card - 3.5" 1.44 MB Floppy Disk Drive - 2x Panasonic CR-563-B CD-ROM Drive
This Master CD is recognizable by its part number which reads 6705370200
as well as its red/silver
top side : European Master CD p/n 6705370200 jewel case
It features MS-DOS 6.22
+ Windows for Workgroups 3.11
and the following softwares in British English, French and German :
Encarta 95, Fine Artist, Works 3.0, Money 3.0, Windows Entertainment Package (Skifree, Rattler Race, Rodent's Revenge, ...) [Microsoft] | Sage Moneywise | Lotus Organizer | 3-D Body Adventure, 3-D Dinosaur Adventure, Kid's Zoo, Bug Adventure, Magic Theatre, Undersea Adventure, Speed Adventure, Space Adventure [Knowledge Adventure / Softkey / Instinct Corporation] | The Four Seasons of French Cuisine [Arome Interactive] | Cyberia Mission Norway [Interplay] | MegaRace [The Software Toolworks] | Multimedia Maestro and Multimedia Photo including 24 Photo Samples [Software Dynamics] | Language Learning with Asterix [Eurotalk] | Beethoven's 5th A Music Lovers Multimedia Guide [InterActive Publishing Corporation]
... among many others as well as drivers for sound, FM radio & video cards, CD-ROM drives...
Not to mention Packard Bell's alternative shell called Navigator
(version 2.1), the builtin backup utility « Disk Image »...
It shipped from september to november 1995 with Packard Bell’s Legend, Axcel, Executive 95xx and Spectria product lines in UK, French and German retail outlets. AFAIK, this CD has been bundled with Packard Bells having a serial number beginning with 23 (possibly 22 too) : specification sticker from the box my Packard Bell came
The sticker on the rear of the computer case would look like this : Format Number (FN) requested for system restoration ends with \"S\"
I've been looking for it FOR YEARS, ALL OVER
the Internet (including retro computing-based forums like BetaArchive, VCF, Vogons, ...), without any success. I even asked to Packard Bell customer support.
Searching on the Web, I came across 2 pages mentioning this CD :
Maybe someone here have or had a Packard Bell computer including this CD ?
Given its rarity, I'm willing to buy this CD at a GOLDEN price (up to £300
ANY help will be GREATLY appreciated (and maybe HIGHLY rewarded). 😀