Packard Bell Multimedia R515 (PII 200)

Posted on 2003-02-26
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Last Modified: 2013-11-09
I know it's an old system (lol) but for some dumb reason this woman at my job wants me to restore her Packard Bell Multimedia R515 (PII 200). She doesn't have any software for the computer so I've been out trying to find the drivers. I need video, modem & Sound Card drivers for this system. If anyone can help me out it'd be most appreciated!
Question by:shadowdancer36
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Expert Comment

ID: 8025778
Seeing as this PC has not had any support for such a long time now (Packard Bell is now a division of NEC and has been out of business in the USA for quite a while), it looks like you will have to open the puppy up and try to figure out what video/sound/modem it has from the chipsets (either onboard or in the pci slots) and go from there.

You could also see if there is a Packard Bell newsgroup and see if a fellow owner can enlighten you.


Expert Comment

ID: 8026053
Alternatively, fit a LOT more RAM and install WinXP which will probably have all the drivers built in for a machine of that age ;)
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Expert Comment

ID: 8026073
XP on a P2-200, RIGHT!!!!!!!

Expert Comment

ID: 8026437
If the drivers wern't backed-up, and you need new drivers, it helps to find the FCC-ID code on the hardware to help identify it http://www.plasma-online.de/index.html?content=http%3A//www.plasma-online.de/english/identify/serial/fcc_id.html.
Otherwise it's a bit hit and miss.

If you still have the machine running with current drivers, make a note of all the hardware and names of the drivers (driver file details including root directories).
You could back up all the driver files and copy them to a fresh system (a bit laborious).  But it will help you to identify new drivers on the net prior to instillation.

There are Packard Bell fan sites that are informative and helpful.  They give you an idea of exactly what's in the machine and where to find drivers if you get stuck.

Packard Bell are still in operation in many other countries including the UK.


Expert Comment

ID: 8027709
    You will definitely open this baby up. As I recall from having worked on Packard Bells, some came with all-in-one modem/sound card that were Aztech Sound Galaxy Nova 16 and a PB modem. The video card were normally Avance Logic PCI or ATI Mach 32. There may be more,,but these are the ones I recall.

Expert Comment

ID: 8028533
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Author Comment

ID: 8028920
Thanks Slink9. You at least pointed me in the right direction. I forgot all about drivers.com (lol) Thank you all!
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Expert Comment

ID: 8029027
You are looking for drivers.  I gave you the location of drivers.  Why a B?

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