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Chapter 4. Playing Disk Jockey with Hard... > Loading and Unloading CDs and DVDs - Pg. 38

Playing Disk Jockey with Hard Disks, Floppy Disks, CDs, and DVDs 38 Loading and Unloading CDs and DVDs You can't just slide a CD into your computer like a quarter in a slot machine. You have to serve it to your computer on a tray just as if you were placing an audio CD into your CD player. Hold the CD or DVD only by its edges, so you don't get any gooey fingerprints on the surface that the drive reads. Some CD-ROM drives come with a removable carriage. Remove the CD from its jewel case, place the CD into the carriage, and then insert the carriage into the drive. Other drives have a built-in carriage that's sort of like a dresser drawer: You press a button to open the drawer and then place the CD or DVD in the drawer and press the Load/Eject button. If you ever have trouble playing a CD or DVD, it might be because the disc is dirty. To clean the disc, wipe it off with a soft, lint-free cloth from the center of the disc out to its edges. (Wipe the side without the picture or printing on it because this is the side that the drive reads.) If something sticky gets on the disc, dampen the cloth with a little distilled water and wipe. Let the disc dry thoroughly before inserting it into the drive. Can I Play My Zeppelin CD? CD-ROM drives can play audio CDs as well as computer CDs, so you can rock to your favorite tunes while balancing your budget. With Windows, you simply load the audio CD and Windows starts to play it. If your computer has a sound card, the audio will play through the speakers. If not, you must plug a set of headphones into the headphone jack on the CD-ROM drive. If you can't hear your CD and you know that the speakers are turned on, chances are the volume is turned down. To crank up the volume, here's what you do: