Packard Bell 900 Series - Hardware
Packard Bell Sound 16 SRS 3D Soundcard
If you get problems with this soundcard where everything appears to be working in DOS but windows comes up with a yellow exclamation mark in device manager, try the following:
Remove the Sound 16 SRS 3d from device manager restart in DOS mode type in
check that in the MPU401 (MIDI) is set to -
Save any changes and re-boot into Win '95. Manually add the sound 16 SRS using the default settings, shut down restart, and hopefully everything should be fine again
Enabling Mouse in DOS
Radio Not on Taskbar
FMRADIO - When you minimise it, it goes down onto the toolbar. However, when it has been reinstalled FM Radio (either from the disks or the Diskimag directory), minimising no longer puts it on the toolbar. Instead it puts it into a little floating icon.
Reason: The version of FM Radio in Diskimag is an earlier version than the one installed at factory.
Answer: Deltree C:\Fmradio. Then reinstall the directory from Master CD.
Getting sound on PB RADIO
If you go into START\PROGRAMS\ACCESSORIS\MULTIMEDIA\VOLUME CONTOL Make sure that there are at least SIX (YES 6) Volume controls. Four of these control the sound for the PB RADIO
Then goto Start\Programs\Packardbell\MiroMwaveSoftware\Audio Control. Make sure Radio has a tick and that all volume controls are on full especially INPUT SOURCE and MASTER as these are also for the PB RADIO volume.
MWave Audio - Tick Doesn't Stay in Radio BoxIn Mwave Audio Mixer you put a tick into the Radio box. When you close Windows and restart it, the tick has gone. Check the WIN.INI file, and on the RUN = line make sure that C:\Mww\Manager\Mws.exe and C:\Mww\Modem\Mwmwin.exe are there (should be after FMEDIA reference).
Packard Bell Hanging on Bootup
On turning on computer goes through BIOS checks, and then hangs on a black screen (Or machine continually reboots). Check BIOS
Primary IDE Slave - Not Installed
Go into each and check that they are not set to Auto Detect if so computer will go off and search for devices which takes time. Set to DISABLED.
Also go into the Advanced section and Peripheral Configuration, and make sure the External DB9 line is set to COM1, and if present Internal Header is set to COM4. save settings and exit and machine should boot normally.
If the machine has an MWave Modem/Soundcard, and the above makes no difference, then go into Windows in Safe Mode. Click on Start / Run, and run the program SYSEDIT. In the file AUTOEXEC.BAT, make sure the line CALL MWAVE START is the last line in the file.
If this doesn't work and the machine has recently been remastered, check that the MWAVE modem is set to the correct settings. (See FASTCFG)
Packard Bell Supervisor Password
If you cannot get into the BIOS because of a password then do the following...
Serial (COM1) Port Not Working
If you are trying to install a device onto the Serial port, and it isn't working, try the following -
Rocky Modem Not Initialising
If you find that the Rocky modem is not working, and removing and reinstalling makes no difference, try -
It might also be worth going into the Bios (F1 on Startup), the Going to Advanced / Peripheral Configuration, and making sure the External DB9 line is set to COM1, and if present, the Internal Header line is set to COM4.
Static Device Resource Conflict
You may get this message when starting the computer up. The reason is the PnP Bios is corrupted. The solution is to reset the Bios by using the jumper on the motherboard (this will vary from board to board).
Display Problems Running Games
This affects games such as Dungeon Keeper, and Speedster, on some Packard Bell machines with some PB 1015 / 14xx monitors. The fault lies with the ability of some tubes to switch refresh rates fast enough between different graphics modes.
The intro will play fine, but the game itself looks like someone switched display area to 1024x768 - you get three blurry screens and a lot of horizontal lines.
To solve this,
Aztech Sound Galaxy Washington 16
Testing the Soundcard
Resetting the Soundcard
Reinstalling the Soundcard
To reinstall the Aztech Sound Galaxy Washington 16, try the following -
If you still get no sound, then try the following -
Static Resource Conflict
If you get an Aztech Sound Galaxy Washington 16 card giving the above error, try going into the EasyStar program (either C:\SOUND144\UTILITY or C:\VOYETRA\UTILITY) and make sure that it is not using the same settings as the Serial Port. Also check that the MPU401 compatible in Easystar is set to use IRQ 9 as it defaults to using IRQ 2.
CD-ROM Drive Issues
Not reading certain CDs - Lasalock?
One possible explanation for this problem is a copy protection facility called 'Lasalock' that prevents illegal duplication. Sadly, some CD drives (notably NEC) have trouble reading this (essential) piece of info, and the software will not run.
If this occurs, you may be able to contact the game manufacturers who may be able to supply a 'non-lasalock' version.
Lost CD-ROM Drive in Win 95
If the CD-ROM drive goes missing in Windows 95, try this -
Shutdown Windows and Restart in MS-DOS mode.
Enabling CD-ROM in DOS
Remote Control Not Working
1. Check that the handset is working. Point it at anything else that is operated by a remote control and press a button. If the "other" device has a light that indicates when it is receiving a signal it should show the remote control is working.
2. If this works, then check that C:\FMEDIA\FMEDIA.EXE is present on the RUN= line in the C:\WINDOWS\WIN.INI file.
3. In the C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM.INI file, check that the line PBIRPORT=1 is present and not set to =0 or =2.(normally in the [386enh] section)
4. It also might be worth going into the BIOS, and in Advanced/Peripheral Configuration, setting the Configuration Mode to Auto.
FMedia Appliant Failure
This means that you need to get hold of the Fast Media Update disk (REFFIUP00530100). After installing the disk you will probably need to edit the C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM.INI file, and change the following 2 lines (both are in the [386ENH] section),PBIRPORT=2 to PBIRPORT=1
Device=PBEWD01s.386 to Device=PBEWD01s.VXD
On the Packard Bell remote control, if the handset is left upside down for any period of time, then it will cause the battery to drain rapidly. May be worth considering if the batteries seem to run out very quickly. This is a design "feature" of the remote control according to Packard Bell.
FMedia Shortcut Keys
If the FN menu key stops working properly, then you need to copy the file FMEDIA.INI from the FMEDIA directory into the WINDOWS directory, and overwrite the one that's already there.