Conforming is required to edit. No conforming, no editing, as simple as that.
It looks like a hardware/setup problem, not a software problem.
As Harm points out, Conforming is necessary. What is happening is that the Audio is converted to 32-bit floating-point for accurate editing, and then the PEK (Waveform Display) file is created. You end up with a CFA and a PEK for each Audio Clip, and these will be located where you directed your Scratch Disks (files).
I can only capture in 10 minute segments as when I capture anything longer due to capture/conform back up that inevitably occurs eventually PP decides that its not responding.
This is an odd problem, and I think that Harm is correct, that you have an outside issue, causing this. Now, when you say "capture," you do mean "Capture" as from a miniDV tape camera over FireWire using the Capture module in PrPro, don't you? If you are not doing Capture that way, then you are Importing the files. If the latter is the process that you are using, can you give us the full details of those files?
If the former, Capture, that should be in accordance with the Sequence's Capture settings.
Does anyone else experience this
I've never had an issue with the conforming Premiere does in the background as each clip is captured.
What's your hard disk arrangement?
thanks for your responses, I was talking about capturing from a Canon XHA1, but figured the problem out...I had somehow changed the location of capture to my C drive, not S drive where all captures are meant to go, once I sorted this there were no problems.
Glad that you got that location sorted out.