Ok, I'll admit I'm a bit out of the loop. My Lite-On DVD-ROM drives are starting to really show their age (very slow ripping performance compared to what they used to do, ye olde 166-series) and my NEC burners are getting a bit long in the tooth (not to mention I'm really not crazy about this 7170, very immature firmware even with the recent releases, sorry Liggy/Dee, I love you guys and the work you've done, but this drive is just not cutting it!)
So here's what I need:
First: A new DVD-ROM drive (or maybe a second RW? would prefer to just stick to the traditional ROM/RW dual-drive setup if I can) that's a good ripper (reasonably fast/good at reading borked discs, etc) that's CURRENTLY SOLD and AVAILABLE please! I'll more than likely be sticking with PATA for now, my SATA ports are filled with HDD's, until I upgrade to a mobo with at least 8 SATA ports, but that'll be a long ways down the road...
Second: A new DVD-RW that's a good quality burner (and same as above, currently sold and available!) Here's the NEEDS list: NOT Lite-On (had a bad experience, sorry don't trust them anymore) NOT a Plextor ($$!) has to support bitsetting and burn a wide variety of media well (that includes everything from CMC to Verbatim, including DL's). I was looking at the Pioneer 112D but the review here said no bitsetting, has this changed? If it can do bitsetting it looks like potentially a winner to me.
I swear I edited this post about 10 times already before hitting submit so I hope I didn't forget anything. Thanks for any/all advice.
Crap I did forget something: RPC1 "enabling" ...not a huge deal because I have AnyDVD, but would be nice to have the ability to flash it to an RPC1 f/w.
And two more things, don't care about lightscribe or DVD-RAM.