Media Direct (No longer direct)

Discussion in 'Dell' started by Joelee, Dec 14, 2007.

  1. Joelee

    Joelee Guest

    I have an XPS M1330 laptop. Media Direct functioned correctly for about 3
    months, but then I had the motherboard replaced and after that when I ran
    media direct the logo appeared at startup but it no longer goes directly to
    the media direct shell. Instead Vista is installed and all the other
    programs that install when Vista is installed. It is only after that, that
    the Media Direct Shell appears.

    I discussed the issue with a Dell Chat Tech and was advised that I would
    have to do a Dell factory restore to get it working again. I have done that
    2 times with no luck. I still can only get to Media direct after Vista has
    been fully installed. It works fine that way but I would have liked to get
    to it without the operating system being installed as it once did.

    One other point I should make is that I have not been able to get to the
    Dell factory restore and pressing Ctrl + F11 as I did before the motherboard
    replacement. I was advise by Dell Chat that in Vista I have to press F5 at
    startup which which got me to factory restore.

    I would appreciate any help I can get to be able get to media direct more
    directly as I once did.
    Joelee, Dec 14, 2007
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  2. Joelee

    Joe Guest

    This is exactly what happened to me on my Inspirion 1520...'right after I
    set the passwords for the firSt time in Admin, System & HDD. It was fine
    prior to me doing that btw! A very touchy system by Dell I'd say.

    Joe, Dec 14, 2007
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  3. Joelee

    Joe Guest

    More details of "what happened to me"....

    All was well and then I set the passwords for Admin, System and HDD.
    I did notice the really slow boot up when I did the HDD
    password...'important? Hmm.
    Then I decided to check out the MediaDirect and pressed the button from
    Instead of MediaDirect loading on it's own, the whole Vista system booted
    up...'then MediaDirect.
    And that's the way it's stayed ever since.
    I have installed nothing! Only set these 3 passwords for the first time

    Joe, Dec 14, 2007
  4. Joelee

    Jay B Guest

    interesting indeed...
    when you went to media direct, didnt it prompt for the system password
    before going to vista? you didnt say that.

    probably the media direct is working in a funky way, and perhaps dan
    goodells website may shed some light on it. he knows how to fix all the
    dell partition issues.

    i dont use media direct.... IMO its kind of dumb to buy and carry a
    laptop to play music when all you really need is a sony walkman, or mp3
    Jay B, Dec 14, 2007
  5. Joelee

    Joe Guest

    I agree with you Jay, the MediaDirect is a gadget really, but it comes with
    the package as they say.
    The MediaDirect partition does indeed ask for the password, or at least, the
    bios asks, then it boots the whole sheebang.
    Do you have a link to the website you mentioned?

    Joe, Dec 14, 2007
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    Jay B Guest

    Jay B, Dec 14, 2007
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    Journey Guest

    I don't use Media Direct and always wiped it out anyway when I did my
    usual reinstall of the OS when I get a PC. I use sleep and rarely
    reboot my laptop so I don't see what advantage Media Direct has. In
    fact, I hate that the buttons are at the front of my XPS M1210 --
    sometimes I hit the volume when it's in my lap. I much prefer Fn key
    combinations for the volume.

    As far as the OP getting it to work, if all else fails you should be
    able to send it in to Dell to have them service it and get it to work.
    Of course it's a lot of hassle to do that and you'd have to back up
    all your data and reinstall.

    As far as Vista restore, I did that once and it was not nearly as easy
    as on XP -- I think I had to have the OS disk and go through a few
    more steps.
    Journey, Dec 14, 2007
  8. Joelee

    Joelee Guest

    No I don't really like the idea of too many passwords so I don't normally
    have passwords to access any of my computers.

    My position is why carry walkman or an MP3 player if I have to carry the
    computer as well, and I an not using it for walking. There is also the
    situation that in IMO I'm a little too old for those gadgets.

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    Joelee, Dec 15, 2007
  9. Joelee

    Star Guest

    Yes you are right with the Vista restore from a Image file.
    I have had to do this several times for friends? who let their
    kids stuff the computer.
    Everytime after the Image restore (Ghost or True Image) on
    boot Vista says it needs to correct a problem and requires a reboot
    from the Vista DVD. Only takes a couple of seconds to do not like
    the repair on XP if needed which takes forever.
    Sorry for the people with HP and other brands that don't come with
    a DVD. All the people that needed help and had a Dell or white box
    with OEM DVD got their systems back in great shape. The one HP and
    two friends? that had Acer were SOL and had to do a full restore from
    the built in restore. The HP person of course had not made their
    restore DVD so they were turned over to HP. Can't/Won't comment on
    their experience.

    Star, Dec 15, 2007
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    WSZsr Guest

    In my opinion (which you didn't ask for) Media Direct is a waste of time.
    First thing I did was blow away all partitions and start from scratch.
    Installed Vista on a 35GB partition and left the remainder (75GB) for data
    and storage. Moved all my files to the second partition so if I reformat
    and reinstall, I only have to worry about the OS.
    WSZsr, Dec 15, 2007
  11. Joelee

    Journey Guest

    My Lenovo ThinkPad X61 didn't come with a Vista DVD. I haven't had
    time yet to find out how I would do a total restore on that laptop.
    It's very irritating when a system DVD isn't provided.
    Journey, Dec 15, 2007
  12. Joelee

    Joelee Guest

    I respect your opinion but for me I rather liked the idea of getting to and
    playing my music without going through the operating system. The second
    partition also incudes the dell factory restore files which allows you to
    return the system to the state in which it came out of the box. I find this
    useful. It is much quicker than reformatting using the windows disk, and
    all the original drivers are installed instantly.

    I'd like to make a correction in my original post. The restore key is F8
    and not F5 as stated.
    Joelee, Dec 15, 2007
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