Report on burning SimCity 4:
Wow, I didn't know the 8400 was a SD2 Killer. So what I did was dig around in the options for Alcohol, and found the Bypass EFM box under Recording > Data Type Setting > Recording options tab. I left it unchecked, as I was using my Lite On CD ROM drive to read, and then switch to the 8400 for burning.
Worked like a Champ! No problems at all. So I guess I didn't really need the help, but thanks monty and philamber. This forum is an amazing resource for n00bs and veterans alike, I guess.