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cd drives SLOW, eat all sys resources?

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I apologize if this is in the wrong forum-

i was adding some cd's to my personal music collection night before last, and things were going well. as i have two cd drives, i thoght i'd try doing it twice as fast, with a cd in each. this went fine as well, for about 5 minutes. after that point in time, the cpu usage rate shot to 100% and stayed there, ram usage went way up, and the pc itself looked like it was...well...lagging. as far as i can tell, the process of ripping the cd's sucked up so many system resources that the entire thing just slowed to a crawl. this is a year old pc, with a gig of ram and an athlon 64 processor...and i'm not at all tech savvy but i think that means its not cruddy. anywho, i also found that when i try to play cd's from either of the drives that the same massive cpu usage rate follows and the entire computer slows to a crawl. is there a setting i've messed up somewhere? i can't figure this out, as everything was going fine the first couple of minutes of the ripping and nothing else on the pc seems to be malfunctioning. i've tried yahoo! music engine, windows media player, and creative software to try ripping cd's and playing as well, all with the same results. thusly, i'm assuming this may be a hardware problem, not software? any feedback at all would be greatly appreciated.

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