Ironically, the drive burns DVDs at 16x, still reads at 6x. Does this sound like RipLock?
I tried forcing the drive to a higher speed with hdparm in Mint Linux, which did nothing.
I bought an LG GH24 from best buy. Learning that I paid double what it's worth, I went back to get a price match. They refused the price match because the model number was slightly different than the LG GH24NSC0B, and so I did a full return.
I've ordered an LG GH24NSC0B from Amazon for $18. Not too enthused with Liteon at the moment.