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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Best place to find old parts/accessories?

I found a Fujitsu Lifebook 280Dx at a thrift store in mint condition at a thrift store. There isnt a scratch on it. I snatched it up. I thought it would be a great DOS era retro gaming machine. ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...