… So I returned my LG dvd-rom since i was advised that I would have better ripping speeds with the Liteon 167T. Well, I just did a rip with the new Liteon, and the rip speeds seemed to be exactly the same (roughly 2500 KB/s). I thought that maybe the firmware would have to be patched, but according to the README file in the Codebrothers firmware hack, their firmware will not increase the speed of ripping from a pressed CD, and that this particular liteon drive will rip @ 16x with the original firmware.
Any ideas? DMA is enabled, btw