Rip quality of pregap tracks 2008-04-07 11:08:41 I use an IBM laptop which has a CDR/DVDROM drive shown as "HL-DT-ST- RW/DVD GCC-4242N" in Windows XP Device Manager.I'm gradually re-ripping my music to lossless (FLAC) and am having a couple of problems with some CDs which have hidden tracks in the pregap before tack one (index 0?). I use EAC v0.99 prebeta 3 (July 2007) - I don't know how I can easily save/print my settings, but will let you know any settings that might help diagnose the problem.The problem is that while I can actually rip these tracks (and get audio), the audio quality is pretty poor. I get occasional random drop-outs during playback. It's only for a very brief moment during playback - but even for a fraction of a second is very frustrating I only get this problem on hidden pregap tracks - all other rips are fine which makes me wonder if the hardware is not really up to the task.EAC reports no sync errors (or any errors, for that matter). Although I have used EAC for ages, I've never used toe detailed report - if someone can tell me how to generate the report, I can post it here if it will help?I've tried the optical drives in the 2 other PCs in the house (both Sony branded - can provide info if needed) but these are not capable of ripping the hidden tracks: I get several minutes of silence, and tiny FLAC files One of these drives is only a CDRW, and cannot read DVD - I guess I could do with upgrading to DVD RW, if better hardware might resolve this problem?Thanks for any help!Cheers,Dan.