Audio encoding troubles

After some time off, I'm again burning old family vhs and Hi8 tapes to dvd but this time w/our new intel core duo. I've tried varying the themes in iDVD but with some of them I get the spinning beach ball after the video encoding--at the beginning of the audio encoding. It simpy hangs up after about 30 seconds and the dreaded beach ball appears. I've tried to re-burn after splitting the clips so that none are longer than 15 minutes--still no go. I never add music so the only audio is from the original tapes or the default music with associated with the theme. This was never a problem with the dvds I creaed on our G4 using some of the older iDVD themes. Any ideas? thanks

This was never a problem with the dvds I creaed on
our G4 using some of the older iDVD themes.
This lack of positive feedback has been around since
version 5 and has nothing to do with themes. Just
"bad" feedback.
My computer can take up to 30 minutes to get through
this phase, depending on the iDVD project. Takes even
longer for some people; like overnight...
What I've done a few times is "force quit" and start over at the "share iMovie with iDVD" stage. Sometimes, after re-creating the iDVD project with the same Theme settings it whips right through the audio encoding (although it also has had to redo the video encoding first). I get frantic whenever I see the beachball on the screen and my impulse it to force quit whatever application I'm in.

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