Well, to my suprise, I was able to burn my original copy of GTA3
using my Liteon LTD 163D GHR2 firmware to read and burn with my Plextor 40x12x40 firmware 1.02. I used the latest version of CD mate and their wizard for SafeDisc2.
I was able to install and play the game using the Liteon LTD 163D.
I only expected it to work on the Plextor! I have another PC with a Cendyne DVD CD rom drive and it didn't work. My gaming rig is the machine with the LTD 163D and Plextor so that is all I care about.
I would be curious to see what other CD rom drives might work such as Toshiba or Pioneer.