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Playing Disk Jockey with Hard Disks, Floppy Disks, CDs, and DVDs 3. 39 4. Hold down the mouse button and drag the Play Control or Volume slider (the little gray box) below the Volume Control and CD Audio Volume up. The volume control on your CD-ROM drive controls the volume for the headphones only. If your sound card (where your speakers are plugged in) has a volume control on it, you also can adjust the volume using that control. If you still don't get sound, see "I Can't Hear My Speakers!" in Chapter 32, "Do-It-Yourself Fixes for Common Ailments." To learn how to use Windows to record your favorite tracks, create custom playlists, and burn your own audio CDs (if you have a CD-R drive), see the section, "I Want My MP3: Digitizing Your Music Collection" in Chapter 29, "Now for the Fun Stuff! Computer Gadgets and Gizmos." Your CD-ROM drive also can play multimedia CDs (CDs that contain text, pictures, video clips, and audio clips). The most common interactive multimedia CDs are encyclopedias. To play a multimedia CD, you must install it, as explained Chapter 7, "Do-It-Yourself Program Installation Guide." You then can play the CD as you would play any program; see Chapter 8, "Running and Juggling Pro- grams," for details. Whoa! Windows should start to play the audio CD as soon as you insert it. If you're using Windows 98, Me, or XP and Windows does not start to play the CD, hold down the Alt key while double-clicking the My Computer icon and then click the Device Manager tab (Windows NT and 2000 do not display the Device Manager). Click the plus sign next to CD-ROM, and then double-click the name of your CD-ROM. Click the Settings tab and make sure there is a check mark in the Auto Insert Notification box. Click OK to save your changes and click OK again to close the System Settings dialog box. With Auto Insert Notification on, Windows should start playing your audio CD as soon as you insert it. Can I Watch DVD Video Flicks on My PC? The short answer is yes, if your PC has a DVD drive you can watch DVD videos on your PC. However, you probably won't want to watch DVD videos on your PC. I once watched Jaws on my 19-inch monitor and had a headache for two days. The picture was sharp and the sound was in- credible--my computer has a better sound system than my TV--but the picture was so dinky I had to press my face to the screen to see anything. At any rate, if your computer has a DVD drive, it probably has a DVD video player. Windows Me and later versions include a DVD player (on the Start, Programs, Acces sories, Entertainment menu) but it might not appear unless you have a DVD decoder installed. As shown in Figure 4.5, the DVD player has its own onscreen controls for playing, stopping, pausing, fast-forwarding, and rewinding the video. You also can right-click the video as it is playing to access the video's built-in menu system.