All, I just bought a very fast system (3 Ghz-HT, 512Mb), including the Plextor PX-708A DVD +/- burner ... specs say it should read DVD-ROMs 5-8x ... using SmartRipper or Nero I only get a read-speed of exactly 2x (2701 Kb/sec) ... and it's not going up. This DVD-drive is connected as a primary master on the 2nd IDE-channel, nothing more attached to it. I just connected this drive to the 1st IDE-channel ... no improvements. In the same system I have a Samsung DVD-ROM (SD-616Q), which starts at around 1.8 but will increase up to 5-6x within 2 minutes or so! While ripping, the CPU is doing 'nothing', enough memory avaialble too. I flashed the ROM of the drive to the latest version (1.04), I also installed ASPI-drivers from Aapatec (but SmartRipper says it is not able to make use of it). Anyone any ideas?