Thanks a lot for your kind and assurable words!
I ran briefly through the first and last pages of the thread on the CDRLabs forum you direct to. To post there, I'd have to carefully read everything already posted. But I desperately have no spare time for that...
I did send an E-Mail to Mr. Carr Wang in a hope this info may be of use to him. Some essential notes, however.
First off, the AAMQR disks are definitely not of high importance for a Lite-On specific tool. Indeed, how many of us are going to use such disks on the Lite-On readers?!
On the other hand, problems with such the disks are a bad sign for the hardware\firmware. Possibly the appropriate Lite-On team will catch it. This issue also may signify some more essential problems. If not in this drive, in some future hardware releases this can be addressed.
Secondly, the issue very likely is a hardware (BIOS\motherboard) specific. As far as I can recall, on my older PC (it's been sold), supporting the IDE CD-ROM drives was implemented better, and the Sony drive used to read data AAMQR disks without problems. That machine had High-Point Tech ATA-100 controller while my new one comes with a Compaq proprietary BIOS and ATA-100 support...
Now, is it that simple to cover a wide variety of the ATA interfaces for a program aiming to supporting just (some of) Lite-On drives only? I don't think so.
Finally, Windows 98 SE these days is not an index! How many modern PCs still run it? At least, the Compaq does not support it on my machine. Installing the Win 98 SE turned out to be a real nightmare, believe me.
Though, possibly my reports may give some clues to the author of the K-Probe... At least, I hope so.
"If you want I can give him the address to this topic as I am already involved in the testing of his software
I'd be appreciated if you do, really.
"...but as you did this research, I think it would be best if you reported it to him
This does not matter. I've already said, also in the mailing to Mr. Wang, all what I have up to the moment.