In all this recent hustle and bustle, it seems we have accumulated quite a few stickys. Rather than rush to compile all the useful information (links, etc) into the official FAQ, this temporary thread contains a list of the ARCHIVED stickys. This way, people can still find the old threads, but they are not visual clutter.
So, without further ado, the list of stickys that have been archived circa 2012, plus one or two more useful threads.
Troubleshooting for disc recognition and PIO/DMA issues, among other things:
Best of the best:
Useful ripping tools:
Older, still potentially useful: