I bought the LG WH12LS38 from New Egg back in Nov 2011 to go in my custom built digital music server. I was quite happy to discover that it would rip CDs in EAC secure mode at about 20X. And since I have been transferring thousands of CDs to my server, the prospect of 2-3 minutes per disc instead of 15 minutes (or more) was, well, awesome!
All was good until about 6 weeks ago when the drive failed and would no longer read discs (initially CDs and then DVDs). So I called up LG, had them cross ship a replacement, and a week later put the new drive in the server.
Except that it would only rip at about 1.2X. It turns out that they sent a BH12LS38 as a replacement, so I called them back up, described the slow ripping speed, and asked if they could send the same model I originally bought. Another cross shipment and I received what looks like a slightly used WH12LS38 (which I understand is identical functionally to the BH version). But it had the same slow ripping speed.
So I looked through EAC's forums and discovered that many people are experiencing this problem. And did some additional searching that led me here.
I didn't know that riplock even existed or that there were tools for pulling the firmware, patching it and flashing it back onto the drive. So I followed the directions elsewhere and did just that. And it all seemed to work EXCEPT the drive still rips slow using EAC secure mode.
Any ideas on what to try next? The difference for me personally is whether it will take another year to finish my digital media project or many years to do so.