Many laptops and even some desktop PCs are nowadays equipped by the manufacturer with all kind of programs that are optimized for their platforms and meant to bring to the user some functionality that is not available anywhere else.
Among those applications, Dell Media Direct aims to provide a great experience when it comes to playing movies or listening to music from various sources.
This affects nearly 100% of Dell Inspiron systems (except Inspiron 1501). As of June 1, 2007, a memory leak issue has been identified that affects all Media Direct 3.0 systems, on both Windows XP and Vista. The patch has been applied, and memory issue should be resolved.This results in memory consumption, affecting system performance even if Media Direct is not used. In case you have some worries about playing videos that are not in a 'wide' format, Dell Media Direct is able to perform a fine stretching of the motion picture and adjust the ratio to an optimal value, without distorting visibly the movie.There are also some technologies for adjusting the brightness, color and contrast in order to obtain the best possible results for a clear, detailed view.