Here's my original message:
I have had a nasty problem with an older CD I have had laying around since it came out in 1999 or so. The album is Title of Record by Filter, and although I can't recall when I bought this record, I seem to recall that it was sometime in late 1999 or early 2000.
It has some weird copy protection scheme on it, where you put it into the CD-ROM drive and it can't read it. There's some kind of infinite loop instruction in the data session for the CD which makes the drive constantly try to re-read it and fail and all the while the computer can't see that there is media in the drive.
The odd thing about this CD is that whatever CD protection was unleashed at the time was done without any public notice at all, yet it nevertheless bears the Phillips “Compact Disk Digital Audio” logo on, thus making this legally a defective CD since it does not strictly adhere to the standards of an audio CD.
I had an experience a while back, I think with an earlier version of Nero, where the CD was properly read and recognized and I could rip the tracks, but that was so long ago that I forgot what the situation was.
The inside of the CD ring on the bottom has a few numbers and some text printed on it. They are, from the right side of the bar code around to the left, as follows:
ifpi L902 (?)
1 47388-2 02 (It's a CD!)
The plastic area near the mounting hole has the following stamped into it:
My computer setup is as follows:
750 Mhz Duron (yeah, I know, I'm getting a dual Opteron next, okay?)
512 Mb PC133 Mhz RAM
ATAPI PIONEER DVD-ROM DVD-115
ATAPI PLEXTOR CD-R PX-W2410A
I've tried dropping the CD into a Macintosh and I get the same results. Whatever it is, it's effective.
So what's the solution? Is there some way to force the drive to read only the audio session without reading any data from the data session at all? What software should I use?