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Why didn't the CD come with a caddy by default? [closed]

I've had plenty of scratched disks over the years, even scratched many myself when I was a kid. But it's my scratched copy of Call of Duty World at War for the PS3 that really makes me ask this ...
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CD-ROM not recognized by Windows 98 Pentium 2 [closed]

I have a Windows 98 Pentium II computer which behaves strangely. Although the CD-ROM opens and closes, I can't see it in Device Manager or play music. I get message that there is no CD-ROM device ...
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Did the PC Engine/Turbografx Super CD-ROM have a standardized file system?

I have a few PC Engine Super CD-ROM games, and they have an unconventional mixed mode layout: Track 1 is an Audio track (a warning to not play this disc in a CD Player), Track 2 is a data track, then ...
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Zip drive eject "tool"

So I am trying to manually eject a Zip disk from a Zip drive. This is not a OEM Zip drive, but one made specifically for a Pentium laptop. I went to the dollar store and bought a pack of paper clips,...
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How did it come that SATA HDDs use ATA while SATA CD drives use SCSI as protocol?

SATA HDDs and SSDs use ATA as software protocol for data transmission (on the SATA cable). SATA CD/DVD/Blu-Ray drives use SCSI. Please note that AHCI is the protocol used between the SATA controller ...
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Has there ever been a pressed optical disc containing a computer virus?

I got 200 computer CD games here and I think checking them for viruses would be inappropriate. Also, when I bought software on CD I was always sure there is no virus. I wonder if there ever was ...
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How did Ridge Racer the arcade game store its music?

For both Daytona USA and Sega Rally (released around the same time but produced by SEGA), the arcade machines had sort of a synthesizer soundtrack with no CD-ROM involved. Only the home ports of those ...
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Are rainbow books the only CD standards?

Rainbow books are the most common CD standards. Have there ever been CDs (or DVDs or Blu-Rays) that use different standards? Maybe Gamecube discs or PSP discs?
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Were CD-ROM-based games able to "hide" audio tracks inside the "data track"?

I have been digitizing the audio tracks from various old CDs lately, because I have become a lossless audio snob who no longer is able to tolerate MP3s but need FLACs of everything. Many of these are ...
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Why did old CD ROM drives spin super fast if they couldn't read the disk?

This is a memory I have of just about every computer with a CD ROM drive in the mid 1990s to early 2000s. If you put in a disk that, for whatever reason, the drive couldn't read, it would spin like it ...
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Why can SafeDisc disks be read faster if the game was opened before?

First of all I want to say I have the games in real and I am just making safety backups. The disks are old and tend to lose data. I am using Alcohol 120 Retro edition and found something weird. I have ...
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How does the CD audio connector work?

I am building a retro computer and found out that old CD drives have audio output connectors. But how does it work? The computer can read all data from the CD using ATAPI/IDE. Why is there an ...
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How to make an audio CD for a(n emulated) Playstation? [closed]

I can't manage to burn a working audio CD-R for my (both emulated and non-emulated) PlayStation. I'd like to get instructions on how to do it in a GNU/Linux environment (also without using a real CD-R)...
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What innovation helped CD-ROM speeds increase exponentially?

Early CD-ROM drives were considered both expensive and slow (in comparison to HDDs). This limited their adoption until around 1992, when both the prices fell and the speeds increased dramatically. In ...
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What were the incentives behind WinWord.Concept computer virus?

I've just read this passage on the October 1995 issue of Virus Bulletin: WinWord.Concept The WinWord.Concept virus reported in last month’s Virus Bulletin has been found on at least one CD-ROM. ...
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Why do PlayStation 1 CD-based video games (nearly?) always have to reload the entire level each time you start over? [closed]

Billy Bob boots up Tomb Raider on his PlayStation. He loads the saved game from his memory card and it loads up the level he is on. Then Billy controls Lara in a sloppily manner, so that she dies. Now ...
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Was "One-Winged Angel" an actual CD track, or generated by the PlayStation's sound chip with a few samples (SFX) added on top?

"One-Winged Angel" is the musical theme for the final boss of Final Fantasy VII for PlayStation, released 1997. I no longer have my copy, sadly. In spite of consisting of no less than three ...
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Where can I donate Old Mags and Media in bulk in UK?

I am taking advantage of lockdown(s) and scanning/imaging all old media to archive.org, but would like to donate the boxes when finished. A bit like Donating old Computer Shopper Magazines The Centre ...
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What is the massive CD drive used in the movie "Licence to Kill"?

In the movie Licence to Kill, James Bond breaks into Felix Leiter's house and gets a CD out from behind a picture. He then sticks a CD in an absolutely massive CD drive. It was about three times the ...
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Can Workbench 3.1 have access to CDTV CD Rom

Is it possible to load CDTV.DEVICE and CDFileSystem extracted from CDTV extended rom on Workbench Startup, or manipulate amiCD drivers to load CDTV.DEVICE instead? My setup is CDTV, KS3.1, TF536 50mhz,...
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Sega Genesis and Sega CD interaction

Sega must have thought about upgradability prior to the Genesis’s release, as there is a expansion slot to the right of the unit when looked at from the front. Is this the only expansion slot? Is it ...
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How did Sony, Panasonic and Mitsumi CD-ROM drives differ from the later ATAPI standard?

In the early days of computer CD-ROM drives, aside from SCSI interfaces, there were a number of proprietary interfaces developed by individual manufacturers. This was exemplified by PC sound cards ...
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Where can I find old CD-ROM drives for a Fujitsu Lifebook 280Dx?

I found a Fujitsu Lifebook 280Dx in mint condition at a thrift store. There isn’t a scratch on it. I snatched it up. I thought it would be a great DOS-era retro gaming machine. However, I am ...
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What speed should CDTV CDs be burned at

CDTV uses proprietary CD drive at 1x speed. Most burners out there cannot run slower than 4x, x8. Same for CDs as the lowest I found was 2x. What speed should I burn it at to be able to use it with ...
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How to make bootable CD with multiple games for CDTV

How to make a disc with multiple titles on it, available to select from a menu? Did anyone have any luck creating a bootable CDTV disc using software mentioned on English Amiga Board and is is ...
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What was the purpose of exotic modes and sectors for CD-ROM?

(I ask the question again, one suggested SuperUser, but I was right, it has been closed instantly.) There are well-known sectors and modes for CD-ROM medias: CD-DA: for storing music in a digital ...
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Could early nineties PCs access raw CD bitstream?

In the early nineties, as discussed in What specific technical advance(s) allowed PCs to play "Full-screen full-motion" video? it became commonplace for PC games to use the storage capacity ...
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How did the Sega CD decompress video?

In the early nineties, Sega released the Sega CD, a.k.a. Mega CD, an add-on that attached a CD-ROM drive to the Mega Drive a.k.a. Genesis. Its primary or at least most conspicuous use was for full-...
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Did Crash Bandicoot wear out CD drives?

According to https://all-things-andy-gavin.com/2011/02/06/making-crash-bandicoot-part-5/ Andy had given Kelly a rough idea of how we were getting so much detail through the system: spooling. Kelly ...
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Old SCSI controller won't boot on certain PC

I have an old Adaptec PCI SCSI controller from around 1995 (BIOS date, will get full model if needed). It's lived its life in an old 133 MHz Pentium from around 1995 as well. The controller is 50 ...
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What are the best file formats for backup & emulation of retro game CDs? And why?

In other words, what are some factual, non-subjective reasons why you might choose (or avoid) a certain file format ? (For example, disk usage, audio accuracy, emulator compatibility, etc). I'm ...
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QEMU emulating MS-DOS cannot access CD-ROM

I am using qemu-system-i386 on a Windows 10 PC to emulate an MS-DOS system. I have installed MS-DOS 6.22 successfully from disk images from original Microsoft media. I am starting QEMU using this ...
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Attaching a CD-rom drive for Amiga 500

How can you attach a CD-ROM drive to an Amiga 500? Will any external SCSI drive do? Are drivers necessary and available?
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How was copying prevented when the first CD-ROM games were introduced?

Several ways exist to protect against the copying of games but, when CD-ROM games were first introduced, were there any measures taken by video game developers to prevent the copying of games?
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What happens when PS1's "Fearful Harmony" is triggered?

When inserting an incompatible disc into a Playstation, after waiting awhile the screen will display very corrupt graphics and unsettling music will begin to play. This is unofficially referred to as "...
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Windows 98 CD-ROM driver error

I've begun forcing myself to learn the basics of Windows 98, since I figured that it was essential to have knowledge of computing before Windows XP and Ubuntu 12. After successfully creating a boot ...
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Why would a CD-ROM in an MS-DOS 6.22 system not allow file access?

I have an OS/2 Warp CD that I am wanting to use as the installation media on an IBM PC 350 Pentium system. I have already installed MS-DOS 6.22 and the IBMIDECD.SYS driver for the CD-ROM drive on the ...
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Windows 98 Aptiva IBM not booting from CD

I have this old Windows 98 Aptiva IBM which I can't seem to get out of DOS mode or boot from a CD. When I switch it on, it goes through the BIOS checks and then prompts me to click enter to boot or F1 ...
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Windows 95 boot disk cannot detect my CD-ROM drive

I have an IBM 466 DX2 with the default CD-ROM drive installed like normal. I wanted to install Windows 95, so I first tried to install on top of the version of DOS already on the hard drive. It had ...
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How do I attach and use a CD-ROM drive to an Amiga?

I would like to add a CD-ROM drive to an Amiga. I have not tried this for several years and I remember things failing to work without giving any useful errors, multiple choices of device and ...
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