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Increasing the Pause Buffer

Everyone with a DVR knows that it is always recording. The thing never stops unless you turn it off and sometimes that doesn’t stop it. It does this so you can pause/rewind/fast forward Live TV.

In Media Center, the default “Pause Buffer” is 30 minutes. This means that if you paused live TV it would “unpause” automatically after 30 minutes because your DVR is not storing more than 30 minutes back from whatever is Live at this moment.

With a simple registry hack in Media Center you can increase the pause buffer up to 2 hours. Here is how:

1) Run RegEdit
2) Go to registry entry “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Media
3) Find setting “BackingFileDuration” with the default value set to “300 “
4) Change setting “BackingFileDuration” to “600” for 1 hour, “900” for 1.5 hours, “1200” for 2 hours.

This was taken from the community at the Green Button HERE.


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