This is not a copyright issue and besides it does not even play without static, forget about ripping. The CD plays fine everywhere else but not on the AWG170S-B2. Like I said I put a Teac IDE CD in that same system and it plays fine.
So to rule out a SATA issue with the AWG170S-B2 I dug out a spare SATA Sony-Optiariac DVD-ROM DDU-1671S. Works perfectly without any static but since it is not a DVD-R I went ahead and ordered a LG GH22LS30 to replace the Sony AWG170S-B2.
So what do you think? Should I trash the AWG170S-B2 or do you think it is just something specific to audio CDs? Because of this problem I am a little leary of using it to burn data now or installing it anywhere else. But would hate to chuck it if is is something fixable.
Thanks for your help.