Change the VM settings - change the optical device from "Auto detect" to the actual drive letter of the host's USB CD drive.
Thanks for the reply, but there is no way to do that as far as I can see.
The "Connection" option drop down box for "use physical drive" only has "Auto Detect" and the "Advanced..." options are all grayed out.
RDP, when you reply to a message it would be more helpful if you gave a short description of how to do what you are suggesting. If the people asking were smart enough to know how to do stuff from a cryptic comment, they would not be asking.
First, with Player not running (or at least the VM not loaded up and opened), plug in your USB CD-ROM device. Make sure your host assigns a drive letter for it.
Then, Open the VM in Player - to Edit. Edit the CD-ROM device setting. Change the physical device from "auto-detect" to whatever drive letter your host gave it. Save the settings. Run the VM.
Thanks for the reply and instructions but the CD may not always be the same drive letter. I may have a flash drive or two plugged into the USB-hub. I rarely use the CD so it would pretty much always be the last drive attached with no guarantee it was "E:" or whatever.
I need to be using AutoDetect, but for that I have to do as I mentioned in my 3rd paragraph in the OP, the Player needs to be shut down, then restarted. Seems like a bug to me that it doesn't do a rescan for available drives when in the "Manage - virtual machine settings" and I click "Connect"
After all, "Auto-detect" is showing and it doesn't. Well, not until I restart the entire Player.
I'm just saying that ever since auto-detect was an option, it has never worked as one would expect it to. Most of us users recommend NOT using it!