For those reporting that pushing the Media Direct button while the PC is powered off
has trashed their OS install
(won't boot), but pushing the media direct button again
then restarted it fixes the Master-Boot-Record so the OS can boot again PLEASE POST what model computer you have (along with the ship /mfg date.) - along with info on what OS you have..
.. Along with what version of Media Direct you think your machine shipped with.
(You can enter you service tag at Dell.com under warranty status-it will list date shipped, model number, what software unit shipped with)
I'm asking because early versions of Media Direct (Below v4.xx) screw with the MBR, later ones do not.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dell_MediaDirect
PS: If you have the 100/200mb Vista/Win7 boot partition on your machine- please note this.
Dell Insprion 1420 laptop, mfg/ship 2007-09, bios A10
Originally shipped with Vista, Dell Media Direct, 3.3
Hard drive went bad- replaced with brand-spanking new hd.
Fresh install of Win7 ++++.
No bitlocker (yet)
Drive partitioned as:
1st partition= 100/200mb boot partition
2nd partition = OS, Win7 (60gb)
3rd partition = DATA- 400gb or so.
About a hour or so ago after reading that the system would "recover" by itself after pressing the Media Direct Button while the unit was powered OFF... I tried it- figuring I'd try it while unit was not needed right away...
Media Direct splash screen loads, then aborts, and I am greeted by a screen that says windows cannot start-blah-blah. So I select the options to try to repair from that screen...
Powered off, and on several times - and I think tried pressing the Media direct button again.. (As reported above as a "fix"). Still no go...
(Temp) Fix for me was using Win7 install disc and doing a repair - I would assume it rewriting the Master-Boot-Record...
While I'm back up and running - I do not relish the thought of myself or someone else hitting the Media Direct button by mistake -and it making the system unbootable- (EG while traveling-, or being in a location I do not have Win7 install media "with me".)
Q: Anyone have a system from early 2008, shipped with Media Direct 3.3- in which the hard drive has either been replaced OR it "Zero'ed out" to get rid of the Media Direct crap-ola and you're able to boot after pressing the MD button while unit was powered off that's running Win7 with the 100/200mb boot partition?
Q: Anyone run across a site the talks about disabling the Media Direct button altogether?
I really dislike the idea of the Media Direct button screwing around with the Master-Boot-Record.
Option 1= remap MD button to something else
Option 2= Cut traces to button, or otherwise disable button.
Option 3, which should be option 1 would be to toggle on or off Media Direct in bios- but that option of course isn't in the bios.