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Windows® 98 Unleashed by Paul McFedries

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Working with CD-ROM Drives

CD-ROM drives are a big part of the multimedia revolution. Now that 5 1/4-inch floppy drives have been relegated to the dustbin of computer history, CD-ROM drives have moved in and taken their place. In fact, the vast majority of new systems sold today come with a CD-ROM drive. This critical mass of drives convinced multimedia developers to release their new titles on CD-ROM and, with hundreds of megabytes to play with, many of these titles are truly spectacular. (Games such as Myst and encyclopedias such as Encarta come to mind.) The quality of these applications, the reduced price, and a constant increase in performance (double-speed drives begat quad-speed, quad-speed begat six-speed, six-speed begat eight-speed, ...

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