There are no updated settings - I think it’s likely that a MacOS update is the culprit here, not LightBurn. If you were using 0.9.23 successfully, and reverting back to that isn’t working, then something else is going on.
MacOS ships with a driver that conflicts with the one used by Ruida, and they occasionally “argue” over who gets to talk to the port, locking it up. If that happens, power cycling the machine is the only way to get the port unlocked, so try that first.
Converting text to a path is necessary to node edit the text, and quite literally nothing else requires you do it. I’ve seen dozens of FB posts where people suggest converting text to path for everything short of curing back pain, but you never need to do it unless you want to edit the nodes or the individual shapes of the text.
There’s a different driver posted here that some have found fixed their issues: