I have recently acquired a Packard Ball Multimedia 9033 Computer. This system is not very well documented online. It has a Pentium MMX 233, 32MB of RAM, 2GB HDD, CD-ROM and Floppy Disk Drives (it is about equivalent to the Multimedia S618.) I think it was released around 1997.
I would like to restore this system to its former glory but the Hard Drive has been wiped so I guess that removes all hope of a recovery partition? It had a very flaky GoldStar CD-ROM which I had to replace with the only IDE Optical Drive I have remaining: a LG DVD-RW drive which is nearly 10 years newer than the PC.) The drive works correctly and is recognised under Windows, the BIOS and the system can boot from it and even DVD-RW disks are recognised and can be booted from.
I have downloaded the Packard Bell Windows 95 Master CD from archive.org and, once it has booted, it complains that the CD Drive is not recognised and it says "ErrorLevel is 100". Is this due to the drive's age or the fact that I am booting off it? I couldn't try using the boot floppy as I have no way of creating a floppy disk from my main system however, I used ImgBurn to burn the floppy image onto a CD and it booted with the same message as with the Master CD. Am I using the wrong Master CD or is it the optical drive that is failing the restore? Is the boot diskette required to free up the optical drive? I have done a bit of digging and have found that the restore CD 6707430501 is the closest in age to my Packard Bell but cannot find any of those CD images online.
I have managed to install standard Windows 95 OSR/2 but it has none of the compatible drivers or Packard Bell utilities...
Any help would be much appreciated,