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Triggaaar
2005-08-29, 03:39
I've started the huge task of ripping my CDs to my PC using EAC, with settings as recommended on a useful site.

It's going to take a long time to rip the lot, especially if I only do it while not using the PC. Is it ok to use the PC as it rips, or should I leave it alone to ensure the rip is as high quality as possible?

Thanks

Fabrice Rossi
2005-08-29, 03:47
Triggaaar a écrit :
> It's going to take a long time to rip the lot, especially if I only do
> it while not using the PC. Is it ok to use the PC as it rips, or should
> I leave it alone to ensure the rip is as high quality as possible?

As long as you don't try to access the CD drive during the rip, I don't
see how the quality can be reduced by some load on the PC. The only
problem I see is that heavy load on the PC can reduce the effective
transfer rate on the IDE bus which might be considered has a reading
problem and can therefore trigger a re-reading of the current block. At
least this is happening with cdparanoia under linux and I think EAC and
cdparanoia use similar reading methods.

I've ripped more than 500 CDs while working (under linux) and I've not
noticed any difference between CDs ripped on an idle machine and other
CDs. Hoewever the machine can become quite slow if you rip and encode at
the same time and don't give a low priority to the corresponding programs.

Fabrice

Triggaaar
2005-08-29, 04:10
Excellent, thanks mate. I'm not planning on loading the machine heavily, just a bit of word processing and surfing.

Mike Hanson
2005-08-29, 06:39
I can concur that most of my rips are done in the background, and I actually use my machine quite heavily (often having a dozen apps loaded). None of the rips had a problem with this.

-=> Mike Hanson <=-

luuk
2005-08-29, 12:34
I have just finished ripping the bulk of my cds (to flac) using EAC and I am happy to say that not only did I not notice any differences in quality, but while I worked, I could even continue playing them using SlimServer (at first to a wireless laptop connected to the stereo; more recently to a wireless SB2). That is quite impressive!

Luuk