Saturday, November 11, 2006

CD/DVD Burning issues in Media Center

Aaron Stebner pointed out several useful tips for CD/DVD Burning issues in Media Center over the last few months. These tips include the ability to create a log file for debugging, changing the temporary folder for CD/DVD burning, and recreating the the Burn CD/DVD button in More Programs if it was inadvertently removed. Since these questions come up on the newsgroups every so often, here they all are in one blog posting.

Creating a log file for debugging

If you are having trouble burning CDs/DVDs in Media Center, Media Center can create a log file of the burning process for the purposes of debugging.

To enable this, follow these instructions:

MCE2005:

  1. Click on the Start menu, choose Run and type notepad %windir%\ehome\createdisc\soniclog_mce.log
  2. Click Yes to create a new file in this location
  3. Close Notepad and click Yes to save the file

Vista:

  1. Click on the Start menu, choose Run and type notepad %temp%\soniclog_mce.log
  2. Click Yes to create a new file in this location
  3. Close Notepad and click Yes to save the file

Changing the temporary folder used by CD/DVD Burning

By default, Sonic DVD burning software that is included with Media Center uses the default temporary folder (%temp%) when it transcodes recorded TV to compress it for burning to a video DVD. If you are running out of space in this temporary folder, you may run into errors during the creation of the temporary files during the transcoding process.

If this is happening, you can change the location of your temporary folder to a hard drive that has more space. To do this, follow these instructions (these instructions assume that your second hard drive has the drive letter 'D', substitute another drive if it suits your setup better):

  1. Click on the Start menu, choose Run and type sysdm.cpl
  2. Click on the Advanced tab and click the Environment Variables button at the bottom
  3. Double-click on the User variable named TEMP and change it to a path on your D drive
  4. Double-click on the User variable named TMP and change it to a path on your D drive
  5. Double-click on the System variable named TEMP and change it to a path on your D drive
  6. Double-click on the System variable named TMP and change it to a path on your D drive
  7. Click OK to officially change these environment variables
  8. Restart your computer so that Media Center will pick up the changes to these folder locations
  9. Try to burn your television show to a video DVD again

Recreating the Create CD/DVD option in More Programs

Many of you have seen the Create CD/DVD option in te More Programs menu within Media Center. Some of you may have removed it before realizing that there was no easy way to get it back. If this has happened to you, it is possible to re-enable this item by following these instructions:

  1. Close Media Center
  2. Click on the Start menu, choose Run and type cmd
  3. Run reg add "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Media Center\Extensibility\Categories\Listmaker\Disc Burning\{1beb699f-dc1e-41a7-a31a-d4b339d21f42}" /v Enabled /t REG_SZ /d True /f
  4. Re-open Media Center and navigate to More Programs to verify that the Create CD/DVD option appears in the list again

Thanks a lot Aaron for posting about these great tips.

Sources:
How to get Sonic CD/DVD burning software to create a log file for debugging
New location for Sonic CD/DVD burning log file in Windows Vista
How to change the temporary folder if you run out of space while burning a DVD in Media Center
How to re-enable the Create CD/DVD item in Media Center


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1 comment:

puffypuff said...

Interesting article! Media Center is a complete solution for Windows, OSX, Linux, and XBOX. A simple and easy to use CD and DVD burning tool.