Can you provide more information on your set-up? What drive you are using,
more than one drive in the system, etc. Also, what software you are using with the drive. Drives do go bad after a while, often suddenly, how old is the drive? The same cd works o.k. in other drives?
I'm not sure I understand your second post. Are you saying that when you rip a cd with the drive it rips the music to your computer o.k., but that when you try to play the same cd you get skipping and distortion? If so, that sounds to me as if it might be a software problem. Have you recently installed any new programs to your system that are music related? Also, have you made any hardware changes?