For some strange reason on one setup I can't use the hub. Most likely power related. No biggy.
I connected it directly and I'm done.
NOW I DO SEE WHY YOU WANT TO DO THIS AS IT"S A TABLET. Because this is that, I think you need to get back to Dell to see if they have a solution. Make it clear that you are serious about this. That is, if they can't show a way to restore the tablet, then you want t a refund.
I have a powered hub that I have attached a DVD writer/reader to. The hub is also connected to my Dell Venue Pro 8 5830 running Win8.1. I can use this DVD writer/reader while in Windows 8.1 to burn a Macrium Rescue Disk. I've also been able to play videos with the DVD writer/reader while connected to my Dell tablet.
I want to be able to boot into the DVD player if I ever need to use my Macrium Rescue Disk to restore a saved backup image.
When I go into the bios to make sure that the DVD player is selected first, it is not shown in the list.
How do I set the Dell tablet to boot into the DVD player if it isn't shown in the Bios boot up list?