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    Default Safe to remove HP Mediasmart as Bloatware?

    Hi all - quick response here! I just the my new dv6tse and am in the process of removing all of the bloatware. My question: Can I happily/safely remove ALL of the HP Mediasmart stuff? I'm sure it's pretty bloaty, but what I'm wondering is whether that will leave me without a means of playing DVDs and with no drivers to use my webcam.

    Worth leaving it on there (I've ditched everything else) or should I can it? Thanks!

    P.S. I've looked at the Bloatware guide but can't tell how vital Mediasmart is.

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    Default Re: Safe to remove HP Mediasmart as Bloatware?

    You can remove it. Your webcam will still work, and Windows Media Player will still play DVDs.

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    Default Re: Safe to remove HP Mediasmart as Bloatware?

    Removing it would also get rid of the OSD for volume control.

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    Default Re: Safe to remove HP Mediasmart as Bloatware?

    The OSD for volume control causes fullscreen programs to minimize.

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    Default Re: Safe to remove HP Mediasmart as Bloatware?

    Quote Originally Posted by metril View Post
    The OSD for volume control causes fullscreen programs to minimize.
    What is the OSD for volume control? And does the above suggest that it's worth getting rid of Mediasmart because of this glitch?

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    Default Re: Safe to remove HP Mediasmart as Bloatware?

    Quote Originally Posted by dfree86 View Post
    What is the OSD for volume control? And does the above suggest that it's worth getting rid of Mediasmart because of this glitch?
    The OSD is the volume bar that pops up when you change the volume. I kept it because I use external speakers anyway.

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    Default Re: Safe to remove HP Mediasmart as Bloatware?

    3RVX: stylish, hotkey-enabled volume control | freewaregenius.com

    I use that instead of the onscreen control for the volume stuff...works perfectly and it is skinable!

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    Hey do you guys mean if the program is removed I can no longer use the keyboard to change volume or that the popup when u press it will be gone? Just bit confused is all....

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    Default Re: Safe to remove HP Mediasmart as Bloatware?

    so after uninstalling this what programs can i use to use all of the features i dont have? i know i can use windows media player for movies and stuff but how do i use my webcam then?

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    Default Re: Safe to remove HP Mediasmart as Bloatware?

    @ongy
    Just the popup will be gone.

    @kobe
    You would need to have a program that uses the webcam, like Skype or MSN Messenger.
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