I don't know if this has been an issue for the past year or just 6 months now. I really haven't ripped a CD in a while. Back in June I picked up a demo cd that was home made, pretty beat up, didn't rip got errors right away. I thought it was due to scratches, so I ignored it until about a few weeks ago when I actually bought the first CD in about 2 years. again these didn't rip. they didn't even play. I tried older discs and same issue. I haven't had any need to rip my old CD's in the last 5 years cuz I have been storing my music on a hdd that's separate from my OS drive. Issue: no CD audio. playback or ripping in any software. h/w associated: Asus DRW-1814BLT Xonar DX P5n32-SLI Plus All up to date. OS: 64bit vista ultimate.