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How to get a seamless remote experience
(2020-03-10, 01:19)chak1990 Wrote: I just upgraded me HTPC to Linux Mint 19.3 (which is a derivative of Ubuntu 18.04, if memory serves) from Mint 17.3.  My remote worked just fine under Mint 17, (I'm 99% sure I installed LIRC and it was done) but now it's a mess.  I have tested the controller on a different HTPC and I'm confident that it is working just fine.

I installed Mint 18 and 18.3 as a workaround, but hit multiple problems there.  I had more success than with 19.3, but I could still never get the play/pause and stop buttons to work with Kodi.  As the Mint 18 series will reach end of support this year, it seemed like I should refocus on getting 19.3 to work.

I have a cheap IR receiver.  I mean, it was the cheapest thing I could find a couple of years ago.  But it does everything I want/need it to do, so it was fine.  And, as I said, it worked just fine under Mint 17.3 and seemed to be working under 18.  (irw, at least, reported the correct commands, even if Kodi didn't act on them.)  The detailed tutorial at the beginning of this thread really didn't work.  I realize that the Kodi wiki says to use LIRC, but most other tutorials I have read indicate that the version included is faulty and recommend forcing installation of the older version from the Ubuntu Xenial repo.  Not only is this "hacky" but it seems to me likely to cause future potential problems.  Besides - it didn't work.  So decided to take the original author's advice and avoid LIRC and stick with the kernel.

I installed ir-keytable  get the following message:

/sys/class/rc/: No such file or directory
No devices found

This is not helpful.  The relevant lines from lsusb show:
Bus 006 Device 003: ID 1d57:0001 Xenta
Bus 003 Device 002: ID 1d57:ad02 Xenta SE340D PC Remote Control

and the relevant lines from dmesg show:
[    2.419573] input: HID 1d57:ad02 Keyboard as /devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:12.0/usb3/3-2/3-2:1.0/0003:1D57:AD02.0001/input/input5
[    2.476229] input: HID 1d57:ad02 Consumer Control as /devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:12.0/usb3/3-2/3-2:1.0/0003:1D57:AD02.0001/input/input6
[    2.476384] input: HID 1d57:ad02 System Control as /devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:12.0/usb3/3-2/3-2:1.0/0003:1D57:AD02.0001/input/input7
[    2.477190] hid-generic 0003:1D57:AD02.0001: input,hiddev0,hidraw1: USB HID v1.10 Keyboard [HID 1d57:ad02] on usb-0000:00:12.0-2/input0
[    2.477452] input: HID 1d57:ad02 Mouse as /devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:12.0/usb3/3-2/3-2:1.1/0003:1D57:AD02.0002/input/input9
[    2.477631] hid-generic 0003:1D57:AD02.0002: input,hiddev1,hidraw2: USB HID v1.10 Mouse [HID 1d57:ad02] on usb-0000:00:12.0-2/input1


The device is there.  I know this because some buttons work, but ir-keytable can't seem to understand that.  Honestly, the only buttons I NEED are the direction arrows, enter, esc, play/pause, and stop.  The others are nice, but not necessary.  (The mouse functionality seems to work just fine.)

I'm open to just about anything.  Please help.  Than
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