I read that it was the 24x liteon that wouldnt work with 2.8 and above, but thats not relevant anyway, and I could be wrong.
I read that you tried Diskdump with burnatonce. diskdump works to make the image, but you need to use Fireburner to burn to disk. Has something to do with Fireburner being able to handle the Pregap situation in Safedisk 2.8/2.9/3.x.
for more information about these protections and what burners wont work, do a search, or just go to the Copy protection discussion area of this forum. (located in international chat: software related). there are very good threads that discuss the problems with Safedisk protections, and how to get around them.
here is an excerpt from Philambers guide to copying safedisk 2 protected titles:
Update: If you are attempting to copy The Sims Unleashed, Total Club Manager, Need For Speed Hot Pursuit 2 or any other game protected with safedisc 2.8x or 2.9x, the only reliable methods are to use alcohol or make an image with discdump and burn that image with fireburner in either dao16 or dao96 mode. A discdump image burnt with nero in dao96 mode generally will also work but the copy will be inferior to one made using fireburner. Reports as to attempts (and my personal experience) with discjuggler, blindwrite, cdmate and burnatonce (image read with internal discdump) are mixed. There have been a number of successes but also a number of failures with those programs. Note: Although this thread is about software other than clonecd, with the current version of clonecd (220.127.116.11), clonecd also falls into the hit or miss category along with discjuggler, blindwrite, cdmate and burnatonce.
I hope this helps you.