I've got this problem with my SPDIF audio occasionally skipping. The video is excellent but the audio will skip just for a second every so often. The interval between audio skips seems entirely randomly from as little as 5 seconds to as long as a minute or two. Upon the replaying of a given scene, the skips will occur at different places in the scene. This is NOT a problem when using analog out...only when I use digital out. My sound card is an Audigy. Which DVD player I use doesn't even seem to matter ... ATI, CinePlayer (both are Ravisent) or PowerDVD ... they all audio skip exactly the same way. CPU is never overloaded (uses >20% of CPU time with hardware acceleration and ~50% without ...I 've been monitoring it with the Windows Task Manager). Plenty of memory is available, no IRQ conflict according to the Device Manager (and I even went so far as to change the IRQ several times just to make sure) ... I have DMA enabled on the DVD drive. Is anyone familiar with this problem? I've search previous threads but there were no definitive answers/solutions other than purchasing more hardware (ie. buy a different audio card). However I feel sure there is either a software solution to this problem or a simple work-around. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Anyone think a digital cable going from the DVD drive to the Audigy sound card would by-pass the "obstruction"??? ... or would I wasting my time trying this??? Please, if you know anything about digital sound, offer me some direction I'd be entirely grateful. (If you've ever experienced the same problem, your moral support would at least make me feel better.) Thanks to any and all who may respond.