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Dell "MediaDirect" button on my Inspiron

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My Inspiron 9400 has a separate button called "MediaDirect", which launches some kind of Dell Media Player application.

The "somewhat junior level" Dell support person claims that the function of that button cannot be changed, and that this "Dell Media Player" application is actually installed in a separate partition fron the rest of my hard drive.

Does anyone know if it is possible to change this button's function, or maybe install a different application into that separate partition so as to use that button to launch some other application?
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I suspect the information is correct ... based on the way the manual describes this function, and the fact that you cannot reinstall it if you reformat the hard drive.   Whether it's a special partition, or just a very specialized application it's difficult to say without having one of the systems to look at (which I don't).   If you're really interested in changing the function, you may be able to do so by renaming the executable file (I'd actually make a re-named copy) of whatever application you want to launch, and give it the same name as the XP Media Center Manager's .EXE file => this MAY work.    It would also be interesting to know if the program is truly kept in a dedicated partition ==> what does the partition structure of the disk look like in Disk Management?? [right-click My Computer; select Manage; then click on Disk Management; and look at the graphic depiction of the disk on the right side]
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Ah! Sure enough Gary, there are *two* partitions in addition to my C:.  Neither show a drive letter, one is 40 MB at the beginning, "FAT" (not FAT32), followed by my C: partition, then finally a 4GB FAT32 partition.  Since it's not just a matter of renaming an Executable, I think I'll leave well enough alone & not mess with the 4GB they "robbed" <wink> from my drive ...
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