As of about 2 days ago, any CD ripping software (have tried Audiograbber, CDEx, Musicmatch, EAC) now locks up. The app is locked up, drive becomes locked up (cannot open), and the app cannot be killed via Task Manager. The majority of the time, the system hangs on reboot or shutdown and I have to do a hard shutdown. Happens regardless of which of my two physical drives I have the application pointed to. Sometimes the lockup occurs when the application fires up initially, sometimes it waits until I attempt to extract audio.
I had installed some DVD player software (VLC Player, DVDshrink) in an attempt to convert some PAL DVDs to NTSC, so one of those apps may be the culprit, but I've uninstalled them to no avail...
Stymied as to what to try next.
This is XP Professional SP2.