Rendering (blender) crashes when the VSE reaches a strip of audio in any format.

I have a scene that I’m trying to render with audio in the VSE. As soon as the timeline hits “any” audio strip blender crashes. I’ve tries aiff, mp3 and wav files with the same results. This happens with any of the video output options. The only thing that made a difference was setting the audio codec to NONE. The render did not crash, but then there was no audio.

Blender 2.61 r42615
Win XP, 32 bit.
2 gigs ram
2.4Ghz quad core.

Thanks for any help,
Vic