My system consists of a 486/100, 32 Mb and 6.4 Gb + 540 Mb. I'm trying to make an mp3 by copying a cd track and compressing it. The track has been copied using WinDAC32 and the resultant .wav file seems ok, although WinDAC reported many buffer underruns. The file, 50 Mb for 5 minutes playtime, sounds excellent in Soundblaster's Wav Player. I've compressed it using MP3 Compressor v0.9 by MP3hC but the resultant 5 Mb file, when played in Winamp 1.92, constantly breaks up. The effect is like an old-fashioned vinyl record deck where the needle is jumping the grooves, one second of playing time is followed by a quarter second of silence, then another second of playing time and another quarter second of silence, etc. etc. I tried another compressor, Mpegencoder by SoloH, but the result is identical.
I am totally new to this field and I would welcome any guidance.