I have reattempted EAC after other members’ configuration advice, and after reconfiguring as per the website guide link provided by creative_nick, I still get excessively long ripping. I am using a 1.6 core2duo cpu and 2gb ram laptop. I’m wondering if i need to set up on a desktop instead and see if i have more luck. Incidentally, i tried media player’s ripper that does 320kbps rips and it ripped one of my cds in no time. I have yet to compare the two mp3 versions from these 2 different ripping media on my sound system, but interested if anyone has any take on the media player ripper, and the quality of its encoder?? Many thanks all!