Need help with Lenovo IR receiver and Ubuntu 12.04 (LIRC)?
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I bought this on ebay. It seems to be recognized by Ubuntu 12.04, it lights up when receiving ir signals. But can't get it to work XBMC. I used these settings in Lirc

“Windows Media Center Transceivers/Remotes (all)”

“Microsoft Windows Media Center V2 (usb) : Direct TV Receiver”

It shows this in Windows 7:

Keyboards:
Microsoft eHome MCIR 109 Keyboard
Microsoft eHome MCIR Keyboard
Microsoft eHome Remote Control Keyboard keys


Universal Serial Bus controllers:
Microsoft eHome Remote Control Keyboard keys
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#2
When I type in lsusb which was recommended in the ubuntu forums it is recognized as:

Bus 009 Device 003: ID 0609:0357 SMK Manufacturing, Inc.
Bus 009 Device 004: ID 17ef:602b Lenovo

I also have the Lenovo N5902 Multimedia Remote with keyboard, but I believe it is this one:
Bus 004 Device 002: ID 04d9:0022 Holtek Semiconductor, Inc. Portable Keyboard

The N5902 wouldn't conflict with the IR receiver would it?
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#3
I got myself the same one, and I just got it working on debian wheezy (should be similar on ubuntu)

it's just another mceusb device but the vendor/product-id isn't recognized. btw it's this device "Bus 009 Device 003: ID 0609:0357 SMK Manufacturing, Inc."

so first try this:
disconnect the device run this as root:
Code:
rmmod mceusb
modprobe mceusb
echo 0609 0357 > /sys/bus/usb/drivers/mceusb/new_id
this way mceusb recognizes the device. then connect the device and run
Code:
dmesg
to check if the driver has initialized the device.
it should look like this:
Code:
[   55.757051] usb 1-1.2.1: new full-speed USB device number 6 using ehci_hcd
[   55.852806] usb 1-1.2.1: New USB device found, idVendor=0609, idProduct=0357
[   55.852810] usb 1-1.2.1: New USB device strings: Mfr=1, Product=2, SerialNumber=3
[   55.852813] usb 1-1.2.1: Product: WMC RECEIVER Emulator Device 2009
[   55.852814] usb 1-1.2.1: Manufacturer: SMK CORPORATION
[   55.852816] usb 1-1.2.1: SerialNumber: PA110328094713F
[   55.924632] Registered IR keymap rc-rc6-mce
[   55.924731] input: Media Center Ed. eHome Infrared Remote Transceiver (0609:0357) as /devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:1a.0/usb1/1-1/1-1.2/1-1.2.1/1-1.2.1:1.0/rc/rc1/input9
[   55.924853] rc1: Media Center Ed. eHome Infrared Remote Transceiver (0609:0357) as /devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:1a.0/usb1/1-1/1-1.2/1-1.2.1/1-1.2.1:1.0/rc/rc1
[   55.924964] input: MCE IR Keyboard/Mouse (mceusb) as /devices/virtual/input/input10
[   55.925210] rc rc1: lirc_dev: driver ir-lirc-codec (mceusb) registered at minor = 0
[   56.132340] mceusb 1-1.2.1:1.0: Registered SMK CORPORATION WMC RECEIVER Emulator Device 2009 with mce emulator interface version 2
[   56.132344] mceusb 1-1.2.1:1.0: 2 tx ports (0x0 cabled) and 2 rx sensors (0x0 active)

after the driver is working you can configure lirc:
my /etc/lirc/hardware.conf looks like this:
Code:
# /etc/lirc/hardware.conf
#
# Arguments which will be used when launching lircd
LIRCD_ARGS=""

#Don't start lircmd even if there seems to be a good config file
#START_LIRCMD=false

#Don't start irexec, even if a good config file seems to exist.
START_IREXEC=true

#Try to load appropriate kernel modules
LOAD_MODULES=true

# Run "lircd --driver=help" for a list of supported drivers.
DRIVER="default"
# usually /dev/lirc0 is the correct setting for systems using udev
DEVICE="/dev/lirc0"
MODULES="lirc_dev mceusb"

# Default configuration files for your hardware if any
LIRCD_CONF=""
LIRCMD_CONF=""

and if you are using a mce-remote, copy /usr/share/lirc/remotes/mceusb/lircd.conf.mceusb to /etc/lirc/lircd.conf
or use the appropriate config for your remote, or create a config with irrecord if there is none for your remote (I didn't try it but I guess it should be possible to use other types of remotes)

restart lircd, run irw and start pressing keys on you remote to test it.
Code:
/etc/init.d/lirc restart
irw

So if you get results you are fine, there are only 2 more things to do:
1. Automate adding the vendor/product-id
2. Disable the IR Keyboard/Mouse-inputdevice in X11 so that the remote triggers only lircd otherwise you will get every command twice, through lircd and as keystroke on the the virtual keyboard.

1.
create /etc/udev/rules.d/95-mceusb.rules with the following content:
Code:
SUBSYSTEM=="usb", ATTR{idVendor}=="0609", ATTR{idProduct}=="0357", RUN="/etc/udev_mceusb.sh"
and /etc/udev_mceusb.sh
Code:
#!/bin/sh
modprobe mceusb
echo 0609 0357 > /sys/bus/usb/drivers/mceusb/new_id
and make this file executeable
Code:
chmod 755 /etc/udev_mceusb.sh

2. add this to /etc/X11/xorg.conf:
Code:
Section "InputClass"
    Identifier "Remote"
    MatchProduct "Media Center Ed. eHome Infrared Remote Transceiver"
    Option "Ignore" "True"
EndSection
Section "InputClass"
    Identifier "Ignore MCE IR keyboard"
    MatchProduct "MCE IR Keyboard/Mouse (mceusb)"
    Option "Ignore" "True"
EndSection

That's it.
and this should work for other mce-receivers, too. Just change the vendor/product-ID.
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(2012-08-03, 10:23)eleon216 Wrote: it's just another mceusb device but the vendor/product-id isn't recognized. btw it's this device "Bus 009 Device 003: ID 0609:0357 SMK Manufacturing, Inc."

so first try this:
disconnect the device run this as root:
Code:
echo 0609 0357 > /sys/bus/usb/drivers/mceusb/new_id

Made my weekend, thanks!
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#5
Thanks eleon216 you rock! All I needed was the first 3 commands to recognize the IR receiver and everything worked out of box. I can now use my "One For All" "OARI06G" with Media Center PC code in XBMC Eden. i was ready to give up on this receiver, even the guys at the Ubuntu forums couldn't give me an answer. I will post this there too in case anyone runs into it there.

Thanks Again
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#6
When I manually do the modprobe and echo as root it works but I tried adding the udev rules and the bash script but the remote doesn't work after reboot.

This is using XBMCbuntu.

Code:
Distributor ID: Ubuntu
Description:    Ubuntu 11.10 - XBMCbuntu
Release:        11.10
Codename:       oneiric

Is there any other way to make sure the script is run so it works?
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#7
Ooops. I inserted an extra letter in the rules config which broke it. Now it's working. Thanks for the help eleon216.
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#8
eleon216 you made my day. Now I can use my remote in Raspbmc.
If I update Raspbmc will these changes being kept?
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#9
Hey Guys,

I've got one of these receivers and have previously had it working using this guide on a RaspMC build however now that I've moved to XBMCbuntu I for the life of me can't get it working.

I've followed eleon216's guide the whole way through and can see what the receiver is detecting commands with the "irw" command but XBMC doesn't respond, where can I look to resolve this?

Cheers
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