Yes, they have worked for a few years now. Its kinda hard to say when they stopped working with games as I play World of Warcraft alot and it dont need the disc in the draw.
I use Win AVI converter, Nero, Alcohol - Did have Power iso, uninstalled now.
I have tried a few things, unplugging both only using one drive, uninstalled drivers and the such.
Not sure about the Sony thing maybe some movies? they are no programs on my PC tho, that are made by Sony.