Details: I play music CDs (commercial, pressed CDs, not CD-Rs) on my PC, using Winamp. The soundcard is AC'97 (built in). OS is 98SE. RAM is i Gig.
In the last few months I've had three different CDs skip. And the problem always occurs on the last track or two.
Of the three CDs, only one of them is scratched. I’ve had this 1984 CD for five years. It now has a few short, but nasty scratches. It skips on track 24. I ripped it into Acid Pro just to see the sound wave pattern and yes, I do see unnatural peaks.
The second disc, a CD from 2004, doesn't even have scratches - and I just bought it a few months ago! It skips on the last track. I adjusted the Digital Audio Extraction and buffer on my media player and now it seems to be OK.
The third disc also has no marks at all. It’s a disc from 2001. It skips on the last two tracks. A total mystery!
Sub-questions: What is to blame? The CDs? My Sony CD-ROM drive? Or should I avoid listening to CDs while using the Net? Thanks.