I just ignore copy protected CDs. They are not only incompatible, but they are often stiffed with lots of C2 errors. If that were a CD you burned, you'd consider that a coaster.
Read speeds tend to be under 10X, and in a lot of cases <5X.
Because of the "bad" disc. Defective by design.
I just tried ripping "Some Cities" by Doves, which has a copy protection on it which I can't determine (ProtectionID said nothing, see attachments);
Cactus Data Shield. Just check "version.txt".
and the speed started at 5X then dropped to 1X after track 1 for the rest of the rip, which resulted in many many errors & pops and clicks in the audio.
This is normal for CDS protected CDs. There are tons of C2 errors, which makes is hard for any error correction mechanism.
Is there anything I can do, keeping in mind I'm new to things like firmware flashes and such?
Return the disc to the vendor. It is defective.
BTW- I got a message when inserting that CD - "To listen to the CD a number of files need to be updated on your PC." That's a first (I've listened to it before on my PC) I hit "Cancel". It played fine with iTunes & Foobar regardless. ???
Google for "Sony Rootkit". It is a very good idea not to be logged on as user with administrative permissions and to have autorun disabled. Such a disc can mess up your whole system.
P.S.: This is a CDS protected "Audio" CD scanned with a Benq DW 1650 (1st pic). Advanced Quality Scan fails. My Sony DWG120A@Liteon SHM-165P6S sticks at 8x when scanning that disc (2nd pic). Scanning with Kprobe is not possible. Not that Liteon DVDRW drives are poor CD scanners. If they report errors, then the disc is seriously bad. And have a look at the transfer rate curve of that disc. The Litey has severe problems to read that.