Hey Granger -
I can relate to ripping frustrations! I think part of the cause is the new copy protection, I have an older Vista laptop that seems to rip the 'unrippable' cds that I have. Hold down the shift key when inserting the cd. Keep it down until the program loads the cd. I also have several good rippers to choose from. First choice is EAC and Dbpoweramp. I STILL have a cd that, for the life of me I cant rip - Radiohead 'Ok Computer'. Crazy copy protection or something. Not bad though for almost 1000 cds ripped to hard drive!