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I am less sure to the answer of this problem. To the best of my knowledge, it appears that since ra2wav is an older program, and the files you are trying to convert are newer, then ra2wav might need a codec (a set of instructions that the computer uses to play and modify different types of sound files) in order to convert some of your files. codecs can be used by multiple programs, which is why installing realplayer might make things work. Try downloading RealPlayer to see if that installs the codec that ra2wav needs.

Also, in the worst case scenario, you might have a .ra file that uses a codec that is too new for ra2wav to be able to use. Anyway, try downloading RealPlayer and see if that works.

P.S. If the latest version of RealPlayer doesn't fix things when you install it, try downloading an older version, since the newer version's codecs might not be backwards-compatible.
 

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By "output", do you mean file or folder? If you are saying that you made the output file the same as the imput file, it would make sense that it gave you an error since files that are open can not be modified or deleted while they are opened (because of this you would need to tell it to make a new file to use as an output).
 

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Unfortunately, I don't know which format the wave files have to be at a minimum to burn. I would look in the help file of your CD burning software and see if it says there.

On the bad quality...I'm really not sure as to why it would be of lower quality when you re-saved it as CD-Quality. My only speculation would be that it filled in the frequency ranges that weren't filled in the old file with junk sound (hissing and deformations).
 
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