I managed to get the Aopen working for the time being. I do worry one day it will stop working though. The thing is I know a combo burner or simply getting another burner is pretty cheap these days but this Aopen drive was pretty fast when ripping/extracting. My dvd burner is considerably slower making the whole process way more inconvenient. I take it most drives and burners still have riplock on it preventing them from ripping at full speed though I understand this is simply a matter of changing firmware on the drive itself. It was just nice you didn’t need to do this with the Aopen. Either way sooner or later I will have to start looking into what’s one of the faster drives, be it dvd-rom or burner, for ripping.