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The "Home" button on Vostro/Inspirons. What's it do?

Discussion in 'Dell' started by Triple_Dude, Sep 29, 2007.

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  1. Triple_Dude

    Triple_Dude Notebook Evangelist

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    If you own a Vostro or Inspiron (this button may be on other models as well, I don't know), you'll know what I'm talking about.

    Beside the power button, there's a button with a house on it. What's it do exactly? I've tried pressing it and nothing has occured. I thought it was a media key to navigate to the Home page, but that doesn't happen when I press it.

    Is there any way to configure what that key does, or is it a Dell specific button that cannot be mapped?
     
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    ya....its for dell media direct and u can boot into it when u press the key with windows shutted down....it can also be used while running windows ...and it is a dell pre mapped button and i think it can't be re mapped.

    You will get something like this on your inspiron or vostro when u press it...
    [​IMG]
     
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    Tex1ntux Notebook Consultant

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    You can remap it in Windows using AutohotKey.
     
  5. Triple_Dude

    Triple_Dude Notebook Evangelist

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    Hehe, thanks. But I had no idea it was even called MediaDirect... How would I search for it? By typing in "The home button on dell" :p?
    And how do I exactly do that? I don't even know the button id of the "MediaDirect" button.
     
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    Well, you could read your manual:) You could also press it and find out what happens (I seriously doubt Dell is going to put a self-destruct button on a laptop so you don't need to worry too much)....
     
  7. Triple_Dude

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    I did press it, and nothing occured ;). That's why I asked... haha.
    In my initial post:
    ANYways... I've remapped it to the Scroll Lock key (since I have to press Fn + Num Lock otherwise to get to it).

    If anyone wants to know the SC code for it, it's 112 :).
     
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