118Chapter 5Computing Componentsdisk. The compact disks look just like any CD in your music collection.And, in fact, if you have this drive, you can play any of your CDs on thecomputer. 48X Max is a measure of how fast information can be accessedon the drive. The X stands for the speed of a standard audio CD player.As an added bonus with this machine, a free CD-RW drive is installed.A CD-RW is a CD disk drive that also allows you to write information onthe disk as well as read information from it. 8X/4X/32X is a measure ofthe read/write speed on the disk. (Bigger is better.)The next two lines describe the sound system that is installed within thecomputer. If you are into computer music, the sound card and the speakersare important. For some people, a computer is as much an audio system asit is a computing device. There is also usually a small internal speaker builtinto the computer for basic audio beeps and pings.
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