Re: CD rom
for your cdrom to play music from a cd right to your computers speakers, you need to have an audio cable going from your cdrom to your sound card, it's usually a 4 pin connector, but for some sound cards it's 2 pin like mine is, your cdrom should have both connectors. in any case...the wire should have come with your cdrom. if your cdrom has a headphone jack and a volume control in the front, plug a pair of headphones in there and you should be able to hear the music from the cd
When all else fails...Ham Radio!
I still have the same old HP DV9700T laptop I've had for years...still kickin'