Batch mp3 conversion freezes my PC!

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gooner_47

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Whenever I try and convert a number (say 20 or more) of mp3's into another bit rate - using ANY program - my PC freezes.

I've tried using DBPowerAmp, and just started using OSS Audio Convertor as well - the same thing happens in both programs. I start them converting a bunch of tracks, they'll get a certain way through and then the screen will freeze and the only option is to reboot.

Please help! I havn't got a clue why it's doing this - I thought it was just DBPowerAmp until it did the same thing with OSS as well
 
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I have used both of those programs. what is the speed of your computer? How many things do you have running while doing the conversion? It may be a memory problem ie: not enough. If you like you might try audacity it's free and it works pretty well and has lots of options

http://audacity.sourceforge.net/
 

gooner_47

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I've got plenty of memory 512Mb, (relatively) fast CPU 2GHz Athlon XP, and nothing else running while it's converting - I don't understand why it's happening!
 

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Could you have poor processor cooling, and be overheating? Doing this conversion is using 100% processor time, could be the reason...
 

gooner_47

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^^ That was the answer! The Zalman heatsink I got came with a variable speed fan, I had it at a low RPM to reduce noise, so tried increasing the speed - and managed to convert 64 tracks! (Before it wouldn't get past 20).

Thanx a lot for the help and suggestions guys
 
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