i have the same problem but usually my powerbook g4 can read the cds fine.
i've had success by ripping the "protected cd" to an image file (ie, nrg, ccd, etc), then mounting said image file via daemontools, and ripping through EAC.
You might want to try out [program to copy protected dvds/cds] which should also support "DVD Region+CSS Free decrypts not just DVD's, it now allows you also to play, copy and rip protected Audio CD's!".. It runs in the background and you won't even notice it. You can download a 30 day trial version [link].I haven't really had any seriously protect CD's yet however, I'm more into vinyl these days. So I can't say from personal experience if it works, but I do know it works on DVD's for sure Moderation: removed name of illegal program and link.
I thought that we were not supposed to discuss this sort of subjects on HA.
Most of the stand-alone CD players are able to "ignore" these errors, but CD/DVD-ROM drivers detect these as errors (in fact these ARE errors ). The result is that the resulting rip will be full of cracks and pops.
Also worth mentioning is that there's of course no pops or clicks when just playing the discs. It only happens when ripping
If you can play the CDs fine in Winamp, you can use its DiskWriter plugin to save the WAVs to your hard drive. (please correct me if I'm wrong)
I have an old Compaq CR-589 CD-Rom that doesn´t know what CDS200 is. It slows down to 1x speed and does a click-free EAC job
what DAE Error Recovery setting do you use with PlexTools?
If you want I can post the most problematic part of the song with and without AnyDVD...
Could you post the names of a couple of the most troublesome discs?
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Maybe somebody could clarify.
Also if you need a good copy, can you not connect the digital out of a standalone player to the pc soundcard? That way you get the correction of the soundcard.