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Both CD Players Stutter On Playback

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I have 2 IDE CD players installed in a W2K desktop PC. The soundcard in the PC does not have a CD input so CD's are being played through Windows Media Player (v9) digitally. The playback is audible but stutters regularly on either CD player. The CD players work fine in a different PC so it is unlikely to be a hardware issue.

The details of the machine/os with the problem are:

M/B: ABIT IC7 MAX 3 (all drivers and the bios updated to latest versions)
Windows 2000: All service packs and windows critical updates applied up to date
Windows Media Player 9
CD Drives: One Sony DVD player and one A-Open CD player both attached to the secondary IDE channel
Soundcard: M-Audio Audiophile 24/96 (latest drivers)
Latest version of DirectX also installed.

Both CD drives have "Allow digital playback" ticked in their properties (the problem is there whether or not this is ticked).

Can anyone suggest a solution or some diagnostics that I can try please?
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