Dell XPS M1530 & Media Direct Problems

Posted by Shane

So I don’t know how many you know that I use three machines, not all on a daily basis, but at lest two I do.

  1. IBM ThnkPad
  2. Dell XPS M1530 (Non-Blu Ray)
  3. Customized Desktop

So last night I went to turn on my Dell XPS and I accidentally pressed the Media Direct button. I knew that it brought up a special program that allowed you to play DVDs and look at pictures without booting into the full thing of Visita. What I didn’t know then what I know now is that the Media Direct is corrupt. Since it’s stored on a hidden partition that you really can’t access it tough to make changes to the settings. So when I went to turn it off, my Dell kept booting into the Media Direct. I got really frustrated and after searching online for a boot cd that I could use to reset the Master Boot Record (MBR) I found one that worked. Now I know how to use these programs, but when I went to change the active partition back to Vista, things started getting more our of whack. Go figure.

So I had to end up putting in my Dell Restore CD’s last night to see if Vista can fix the problem without having to re-install everything. Afraid not. So I started the restore this morning at 8am when I woke up ever so briefly, and started the restore processes. As of this moment of me typing this all to you, Windows is doing it’s Windows Updates. It was very easy to restore and install the drivers on the discs Dell provides for you and on top of that, it even saved my programing directory. So I just gotta install the TortoiseSVN extension so I can read it. In the end, the Dell starts up much faster because I was able to not install the Dell Software suite fully and just install the software I wanted. The last thing I have to do is install the webcam software and then my anti-virus. Then everything will be as good as new!