[LIVE] Using MS-TECH remote
#1
Hello !

I have decided to make an HTPC using XBMC.
I tried first under windows XP, and then I bought an htpc case with a remote and a receiver. The IR receiver is "Media center 2005 fully compatible" to be sure it will work. It does under windows, but not under Live or Linux.

First I thought it was using Lirc and was not recognized, but in fact, the receiver is an USB keboard :
Here si my kernel messages when I connect the IR receiver.

Code:
tail -f /var/log/messages

Dec 26 22:24:18 XBMCLive kernel: [ 9569.452053] usb 5-2: new low speed USB device using uhci_hcd and address 5
Dec 26 22:24:19 XBMCLive kernel: [ 9569.624196] usb 5-2: configuration #1 chosen from 1 choice
Dec 26 22:24:19 XBMCLive kernel: [ 9569.642385] input: MCE-IR-Receiver as /devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:1d.3/usb5/5-2/5-2:1.0/input/input12
Dec 26 22:24:19 XBMCLive kernel: [ 9569.642462] generic-usb 0003:1130:6604.0007: input,hidraw0: USB HID v1.10 Keyboard [MCE-IR-Receiver] on usb-0000:00:1d.3-2/input0
Dec 26 22:24:19 XBMCLive kernel: [ 9569.688189] input: MCE-IR-Receiver as /devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:1d.3/usb5/5-2/5-2:1.1/input/input13
Dec 26 22:24:19 XBMCLive kernel: [ 9569.688290] generic-usb 0003:1130:6604.0008: input,hidraw1: USB HID v1.10 Mouse [MCE-IR-Receiver] on usb-0000:00:1d.3-2/input1

So when I press a key, it does the corresponding keyboard stroke or shortcut used in Windows Media Center.

List of MCE commands

When I press a remote key, the terminal echo the key, exactly like I pressed it. The remote works well under XBMC with windows.
Now I don't understand why it works under windows, and not under Linux.
If someone has the solution...
I will continue to look for a solution and if I find one, I will put a link there.

Thanks by advance, and apologize for my English ! (hope there are not much mistakes)
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#2
I continued trying this rmote under windows. I found the solution :
It's not possible yet to configure a key combination with the precompiled XBMC.

BUT you can find here http://forum.xbmc.org/showthread.php?tid=64750 the solution, using a custom build of XBMC and modifying the keymap.xml file.

I've tested and it works !

I need it to wirk under Linux/live, and I don't manage to control XBMC with at least the common controls (up down left right ok enter backspace are buttons that returns single keystroke, but xbmc doesn't get them).

I'll continue to look for a solution.

bye.
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#3
i got also a ms-tech remote. I got it working with lirc.
But its isnt a good solution.

Would be nice to have support in the linux branch.
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#4
My remote was'nt working with lirc.

I will try to understand what has jhsrennie done to the code before to compile it.

It could be fun to put the code to use the keystroke combination modification with the "normal" XBMC (linux, live, win and OSX). It is easy to use, easy to edit, and jhsrennie provides a software to get the syntax to copy'n'paste in the xml directly.

I don't know who's in charge of this. (I will look for the right people ^^)

I am currently writing the keymap.xml for my remote, then I will paste it there.

bye
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