DSOA
1 Copper

Media Direct Button

Can anyone tell me how the Media Direct button on my new E1505 supposed to work ?
With the computer off, I can push the button to start the MD program. But when I close the cover, the program will stop.  When I re-open the cover,  the screen has turned black and the computer turned off.  After a few times, the MD button no longer work.
Is MD supposed to work with the cover open only ?
I'd like to be able to play a music CD with the cover closed (by using the front buttons).  Is it possible ?
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msrk
3 Argentium

Re: Media Direct Button

Good question. I've only used it w/ the cover open. I'm assuming it probably goes into standby and then hibernation once closed to reduce heat generation.
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Kaye006
1 Copper

Re: Media Direct Button

I had just gotten the Inspiron E1505 just recently and I have been playing around with the Media Direct. When you push the Media Direct button when your computer is initially off, it will load a standalone Media Direct program that runs off a different operating system than Windows XP (I believe is Windows PE or something like that). This is a Dell & Cyberlink program, not a Microsoft produced program, therefore it does not have some of the features as Windows XP Media Center. Also, the operating system for that program is very basic, in that it does not have any power control settings, therefore when you close the lid, the program automatically exits and turns off the computer, whereas in XP Media Center, if you set the power control to not do anything when you close the lid, it will not turn the computer off. Now several bugs I have found is that when you close the lid, sometimes the program exits, but the computer is still on (the power LED on the laptop is still green). In order to turn it off, you have to hold the power button for about 5-10 secs for it to shutoff. Hope this helps.
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PRboy
1 Copper

Re: Media Direct Button

Yo need to have the software installed fot it to work
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nsyed
1 Copper

Re: Media Direct Button

Hello,

I also have Dell Inspiron E 1405. I too was having the same problem, that the program exits whenever the lid is closed. I chatted with Technical support which was not at all helpful. It showed me the same stuff I had tried. Then I called up Dell and they said me that as of now this is not possible. May be later they can have an update on the player to have it work. I asked when. She said that it might be a year also.

Does any one know that HP Quick play which is similar to Dell Media direct has this option supported?

Thanks,
Noor

 

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Kaye006
1 Copper

Re: Media Direct Button

Yea I have a E1505, and here is the weird part about Media Direct/Center. When I first got it, I was able to use media direct to play music and when I closed the lid, it would still run and i was able to use the front buttons to control the program. After about the 3rd day i had received my laptop, everytime I closed the lid, the program would exit. Not sure why, and now I can't get it to keep running when the lid is closed. Weird.

Message Edited by Kaye006 on 07-28-200604:23 PM

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nsyed
1 Copper

Re: Media Direct Button

Yes, this is absolutely wierd. Are you 100% sure that you were able to play the music for the first three days throuhg dell media direct even if the lid was closed? If so, did u contact dell about it if you were unable to play it after the 3rd day. You have just raised a hope of light that this would work.

Thanks.

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Kaye006
1 Copper

Re: Media Direct Button

I haven't contacted Dell about it, but yes for sure for the first few days I was able to use Media Direct with the lid closed because I was sitting in my car listening to some music with my laptop. It stopped doing it after I did a Dell factory settings recovery because I had accidentally uninstalled some programs that I needed. Now I kick myself in the behind for doing that Smiley Sad
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pernelle
1 Copper

Re: Media Direct Button

I read this posting and had the same problem.  I went to the control panel and selected "Performance and Maintenance", then selected "Power Options" then "Advanced" and then selected "when I close the lid of my portable computer," and then selected "Do nothing".  I closed the lid and the music played. I hope this helps. 

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nsyed
1 Copper

Re: Media Direct Button

No, that does not. That only helps when you are in Windows. I am talking about when we are in Dell Media Direct only. When the lid closes the program exits and the computer shuts down.
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