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Dell Media Direct - Playing CD/DVD's without booting? Am I wrong on this?? Dell XPS 1530

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Dell Media Direct - Playing CD/DVD's without booting? Am I wrong on this??

XPS 1530, 3gb, T8300 processor, bought June 2008.

 

Not a big deal but I thought on this Dell laptop with MediaDirect you can insert a CD/DVD without fully booting to Windows Vista and play such..

 

But I think I may be wrong.

 

Can someone help me out?

 

Thanks

Peter
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by:MiniDevo
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Correct. You can play DVDs/CDs through the Media Direct service.
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pacumming earned 0 total points
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Just read something on Dell Support site (a miracle) that said if you had a Dell password protected account or more than one account, then it would boot to Windows.

Oh well....

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Peter
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by:r-k
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Yes, you can play CD/DVD's without booting Windows.

With the machine shut down, press the special Media-Direct key along the upper row on the keyboard, looks like an outline of a house, and that should launch a special program called Media Direct which is basically a music/movie playing program. It does not use Windows but boots from a special partition on the HD (I think).
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by:pacumming
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Not on my laptop--boots to Windows Vista.

Do you have only one user account, not password protected and not using fingerprint reader and are you are on Vista???
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by:Merete
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Yes you should be able to as r-k pointed out, I have an acer laptop and what I do is click on the
( Arcade button ) yours is media direct insode the on the keybaord.
Left beside the power switch, there is another hot-key, which can be used to launch the Dell Media Direct Center, a software designed to handle multimedia elements, e.g., audio files, pictures, and videos, which can also be run without starting Windows Vista.
http://www.notebookcheck.net/Review-Dell-XPS-M1530-Notebook.7295.0.html
that opens a screen just for DVD /cd playback outside of windows. to get into windows you have exit this console. Then start windows


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