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Chapter 19. Setting Up Windows 98 Multim... > Secrets of Mastering the Windows 98 ...

Secrets of Mastering the Windows 98 Environment: Making the Right Hardware Choice for Multimedia Support

Make sure to select a computer that is balanced in all phases of hardware. In other words, the system should have sufficient processor speed, RAM, and disk subsystem performance to meet the hardware demands of multimedia applications.

In multimedia systems a balance of the various hardware components is very important, particularly with regard to the disk subsystem. Multimedia playback places heavy demands on the CD-ROM (for reading data), on the hard disk (for writing data), on the CPU (for decompressing data), and on the video and audio subsystems (for playback). Just having a fast CPU is not enough for a high-performance multimedia system. In fact, a fast CPU and a subpar disk subsystem actually cause a bottleneck at the disk subsystem, leaving the CPU in an idle state as it waits for program instructions to be retrieved from disk. So, don't hesitate to spend a little extra on the disk subsystem; you should purchase either a small computer system interface (SCSI) or an Enhanced Integrated Development Environment (EIDE) supported device.


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