[QUOTE=jcroy;2767740]I’ve noticed the reading behavior with the CL08 firmware, is slightly better than the previous asus firmware. Though this may be somewhat “subjective”.
[B]Apparently on the old Asus firmware, sometimes the drive wasn’t going to full speed when ripping some movie dvd discs which I have previously ripped at full speed (12x or 16x). It’s not a riplock per se. But somehow when the drive was spinning up, it “sometimes got lost” and remained at a lower speed. This happened on quite a few discs, while other discs were fine and ripping at full speed.[/B]
With the CL08 firmware, this “sometimes getting lost” and not going to full speed behavior was somewhat lessened. Though not completely eliminated. (My “iHAS124 E” drive didn’t have this problem).[/QUOTE]
I think I may have found a partial solution to this problem of current LiteOn/Asus drives “sometimes getting lost and not going to full speed” behavior when a dvd disc is first being read.
The easiest way around this problem, is to run Nero Drivespeed in the background.
Before a disc is read, I set the Drivespeed to “silent” or another slower speed (such as 6x or 8x). When the LiteOn iHAS-124 FU (or Asus rebadge of iHAS-124 FU) is first reading a disc, somehow Nero Drivespeed ends up going to maximum speed (12x or 16x). If that doesn’t happen, I eject the disc and set Drivespeed to another slower speed, and read the disc again. After the disc goes to maximum speed (judging by the sound of the drive’s motor), I’ll start up the ripping program (ie. dvddecrypter, anydvd, dvdfab, etc …) about 10 seconds later.
I don’t run any dvd ripping/copying programs when the iHAS-124 FU (or Asus rebadge of iHAS-124 FU) is first reading a disc.
Hopefully the next firmware revision for iHAS-124 FU will solve this issue.