Can you elaborate on why it doesn't do well for DVDs and CDs - I personally never use CDs in my HTPC but I only have one slot for optical drive and I am thinking of getting this disc and I still use it for DVDs although I do generally also rip DVDs to my drive.
What software are you using for playback? Did you use the software that came with the drive or did you pay up for other software?
I can't say why
the LG GGC-H20L does not work well for ripping DVDs or burning DVDs or CD in my system
. I can only report that ripping DVDs is slow on that drive, and burning anything fails.
I used to use DVD Decrypter for ripping DVDs. Now, I am using imgburn for ripping. Burning is with Nero, latest version. Mounting images is with daemon tools. Viewing is with PowerDVD Ultra (OEM version on this machine), Intervideo (Corel) WinDVD 7, WinDVD 8, or Home Theatre 2. AnyDVD is loaded in the background, but not used for ripping.
When I mentioned this in the NCIX discussion forums, the suggestion was made that maybe I got a faulty drive. This was based on one other person having the same drive, and not encountering similar issues.
The drive replaced a Plextor PX716 SATA drive. There are still a Plextor 5224 CD-RW drive (IDE) and a Plextor PX-760 (IDE) drive in the box. While it was installed on the SATA port used by the LG drive, the PX716 was very fast - actually faster than the PX760, which is rated at a higher speed. I put this down to the SATA interface vs the IDE interface, but that is just speculation on my part.
The point is that the LG drive has some pretty stiff competition, and some high expectations to fulfill. Others may find that ripping a DVD at 2x to 4x is acceptable, but I am used to much higher speeds.
I would not hesitate to recomment the LG drive- but would suggest you do some testing with it, before deciding to make it the only optical drive in your system.
Should you get one, and find that it works much better for you than it has for me, please post. I would love to be able to validate that my drive is not working well, to the point of returning it for warantee replacement.