Posted 24 May 2008 - 08:49 AM
I updated to Windows Media Player 10.00.00.4058 a few weeks ago. Don't know whether it's related: Ever since that upgrade, Windows Media Player seems to be unaware of the DVD-ROM drive. Rebooting did not help.
I switched to an InterVideo WinDVD program that apparently came with the computer and was able to play a DVD or two, but I noticed sometimes while a DVD was playing my system would begin doing something in the background which made the playback freeze. Once that happens, the system no longer recognized the DVD-ROM drive. Now Intervideo WinDVD does not recognize my DVD-ROM drive.
Then I noticed it: An unfamiliar icon in my system tray. It's labeled "exif launcher 2" and it's overlaid by a read "don't do this" sign (similar to the no smoking circle you see all over the place), as if it's saying "exif launcher 2 is here but it's not running" or "exif launcher 2 is here but don't click on me".
This little icon never existed before I began experiencing this problem. There has been at least one automatic update from Windows in this time frame, but I can remember whether it was before or after I began experienced problems after upgrading the media player. Does anyone have any idea when Microsoft added this, and is it causing you problems, too?
I know this message is a bit vague, but I'm hoping someone can help me figure out how to start debugging this problem.