For those of you who may have bought this drive not knowing that there was some annoying software called "Bluebirds" embedded it the DVD-ROM drive that shows up when there is no disc and the drive is closed. There is a tool to disable it attached to this post, it is an official tool from LG that isn't on their site ( I had to talk to a sales manager to get it ). When you run it it will not display any confirmation dialog when it is finished. The tool only take a few seconds to run, then just open and close your drive and Bluebirds should be gone.
As for LG Electronics USA it seems they had no idea that this software was even included in these drives untill they made it into distribution.
Personally I think whoever green lighted this annoying piece of adware to be embedded into these drives should be promptly fired.
I have removed to the tool from this post because LG has posted an offical firmware update that removes the Bluebirds feature.
The firmware update can be found here, under the "Drivers & Software" tab.
New firmware (TN01) for only GH22NS50(Removed BlueBird Function)
-Removed BlueBird Function
Noticed a minor glitch with the firmware upgrade from LG, if you have the drive closed the firmware updater sees Bluebirds as a CD and won't run till you remove the disc. To get around this simply eject the drive tray and leave it open while the update runs.
A few people have requested the original tool and have had problems with the firmware update so I have attached the original Bluebirds Removal Tool to the post again.
Edited by spiff, 04 September 2009 - 12:22 PM.