I downloaded factory firmware 1.29 (It was previously using 1.23 before I hit it with the buffalo firmwares recommended). When I try to flash with 1.29 it says that target is not available.
As for DVD Decrypter, while it is old, it works very well. It rips most new movies, but once in awhile it runs across one it cannot. In those cases I just use RipIt4Me in conjunction and it works really well. So, no problems there.
The problem is that before I flashed it I could rip a movie in about 7-10 minutes with this drive (usually about 10-12 with my NEC 3550A) and now it is taking 40 minutes. Its not just DVD Decrypter, its AnyDVD (which rips as well) that takes 40 minutes. So, that is kind of a bummer. Also, its still not as quiet as I would like. It is not as quiet as my NEC 3550A in my other machine in the bedroom.
Chef. What do you recommend? I'm not sure AnyDVD is making things worse. I get same ripping results whether its loaded or not. But with it running I am able to play movies relatively quietly... as long as I'm not jumping around from chapter to chapter.