Re: the Roxio warning
That might apply to a slower system (Pentium I/II, low clock Celeron, low RAM, slow old hard drive, etc.) but it shouldn’t be a problem with a 2.4 GHz Pentium IV with 512 MB, unless the software stinks beyond all casual belief. Back when I ran a Celeron 466, freeware MP3 decoders regularly ran at 20-40x ‘realtime’ - which was convenient because I could play MP3s to audio in the background as I worked with no noticeable decrease in performance.
The OP’s CPU should be able to handle decoding at 48x, and still have time to rationalize post-911 politics (in Hellenic Greek). This fact can be checked by decoding an MP3 to a WAV file. A 5 min song will completely decode in seconds.
I uninstalled Roxio’s stuff, including the products they bought up, after a string of similar issues. In one case, it crashed because it apparently saw my (unusual at the time) 512MB and decided it could cache to RAM - a ridiculous assumption when decoding was so much faster than the writing, and I had less than a CD’s worth of spare RAM for the buffer. It crashed because the buffer wasn’t being emptied fast enough - instead of, say, gracefully spooling to disk. There was a patch. Then the problem emerged again later, followed by another patch, a nother recurrence - Lather, Rinse Repeat. Wash that program right outta your hair.
I generally concur with the suggestion of recording at a slower rate, but in the case of the above bug (related to the pseudo-SCSI driver that many faster ATA controllers use) that may not work