Hmm.... thanks. so I tried the SVN build 23569. I notice there is now a separate remote setting for "Multi (Harmony)" which I tried. Seems to work reasonably good with my existing config (as explained in the How-To starting this thread). However -- and a big however -- the up & down buttons turn the system volume & down in addition to moving up & down, and somewhere along the way iTunes gets launched also. I don't need any of that stuff -- so if you can point me to the proper work around that would be dandy. Thanks.
well... I found the best work-around thread for this on the plex forums. if you read on toward the end you'll see some of the pros and cons, and the idea that maybe this will be fixed in 10.6.2 (with a beta release notes post from brazil.... but despite the fact that apple told one person at least that this 'bug' is intentional, as only apple gets to use the remote. mofos, seriously)
also, SofaControl and RemoteBuddy seemed to implement their own work-around weeks ago, I wonder why XBMC can't duplicate that? Or will it?
but the work around options for now involve either killing some bezel services or renaming both 'front row.app' and 'rcd.app' in /System/Library/CoreServices/ ... I'm trying the latter now and seems to work, with a sort of noticable lag however. ugly hack of a work around though.
So --- without advocating this and recognizing this might have some adverse affects (and will definitely kill Front Row), this works:
sudo mv 'Front Row.app' 'Front Row.app.bak'
sudo mv rcd.app rcd.app.bak
to revert, just rename back to original names:
sudo mv 'Front Row.app.bak' 'Front Row.app'
sudo mv rcd.app.bak rcd.app
(honestly not totally sure what rcd.app all does -- but has to do with handling the apple remote the way apple wants -- so expect if you do this only non-apple stuff will work)