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[WINDOWS] HOW-TO use a Logitech Harmony Remote with XBMC
Just an update for anyone that cares. After not having any Internet connection for nearly a week (damn you Sky) I finally managed to have a play about with the Harmony again. Tried adding the MCE SE and using power toggle...same issues. Used power on key instead and so far so good. I don't know exactly what the difference is but it's working at the moment.
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(2013-04-01, 22:10)prawnee Wrote: Just an update for anyone that cares. After not having any Internet connection for nearly a week (damn you Sky) I finally managed to have a play about with the Harmony again. Tried adding the MCE SE and using power toggle...same issues. Used power on key instead and so far so good. I don't know exactly what the difference is but it's working at the moment.

Cool! as long as it works Smile it's all that matter! What type of HTPC do you have? how do you turn it off now, is it by Power Off key? these 2 are discrete power signals, while the power on/off key is toggle signal.
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(2013-04-02, 07:10)bodhi Wrote:
(2013-04-01, 22:10)prawnee Wrote: Just an update for anyone that cares. After not having any Internet connection for nearly a week (damn you Sky) I finally managed to have a play about with the Harmony again. Tried adding the MCE SE and using power toggle...same issues. Used power on key instead and so far so good. I don't know exactly what the difference is but it's working at the moment.

Cool! as long as it works Smile it's all that matter! What type of HTPC do you have? how do you turn it off now, is it by Power Off key? these 2 are discrete power signals, while the power on/off key is toggle signal.

I did have the powertoggle on the original mapped to sleep/wake. I've now changed it to launch the shutdown menu and I've just set the pc to sleep after 5 minutes of idle so I don't actually turn it off using the Harmony, just to wake it up. It seems it now responds to power on using my activity. If I change activity it sends the same power on key to end the activity, but obviously this key doesn't do anything (please correct me if I've got that totally wrong!)
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(2013-04-02, 10:08)prawnee Wrote: I did have the powertoggle on the original mapped to sleep/wake. I've now changed it to launch the shutdown menu and I've just set the pc to sleep after 5 minutes of idle so I don't actually turn it off using the Harmony, just to wake it up. It seems it now responds to power on using my activity. If I change activity it sends the same power on key to end the activity, but obviously this key doesn't do anything (please correct me if I've got that totally wrong!)

Check your HTPC power settings, is it set to "use the power button to sleep/wake" ? that setting allows you to use the power toggle to sleep/wake it.
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I hope it ok to post this here.... I just wanted some clarity on a few things

I'm looking for a bit of guidence in setting up my Harmony 1100 to work with XBMC. I've been looking at these guides which although don't refer to the 1100, I assume will be work for the 1100.

http://forum.xbmc.org/showthread.php?tid...#pid942798
http://forum.xbmc.org/showthread.php?tid=95063



I'm running Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit and have Microsoft RC-6 reciever.

I basically have a few questions about the setup and I figured if I covered them in this post in detail, I would get the answers I need and it would clear up a few things for me and maybe help othersHuh

I'm planning to setup my 1100 to control XBMC and turn on my TV. This is the only device that will be added to my activity. The other two being the MCE Keyboard and XBMC (sw) which are mentioned in the above guide.

I'm in the process of setting up the activity and it's asking what input or channel does XBMC (sw) and MCE Keyboard need to be on. Sorry if this is a daft question but I assume I select the following for both

" I don't need to set the input on my....."


The next section is where I need some help... Selecting customise buttons on the Generic activity I get the following screen which differs from the one in the guide.



http://imageshack.us/a/img194/6464/1100p.png



If there are any 1000 or 1100 owners who have set this up before, do you recommend mapping the hard buttons to functions in XBMC or do you just use tabs 2,3, and 4 when mapping your buttons. I know I should just dive in there and experiment, but I'm very busy right now and I wanted to just check I'm on the right track.

Is it correct in assuming that the majority of the general buttons go in tab 2??

One last thing, I see jjd-uk suggests adding a third device, seeing as I have the 1100 is this recommended, and how does this factor into the MCE Keyboard and XBMC (sw) configuration?

Anyway, any quick pointers or suggestions would be appreciated and thank you to sufreak,vanOert, and jjd-uk for all the nice info.
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(2013-04-13, 22:40)rattyjunk Wrote: Is it correct in assuming that the majority of the general buttons go in tab 2??

One last thing, I see jjd-uk suggests adding a third device, seeing as I have the 1100 is this recommended, and how does this factor into the MCE Keyboard and XBMC (sw) configuration?

Anyway, any quick pointers or suggestions would be appreciated and thank you to sufreak,vanOert, and jjd-uk for all the nice info.

Yes. Since the 1100 has only few hard buttons, the majority of the buttons should be in LCD pages. They must be there so you can program them in activities.

The 3rd device is MCE SE? it's needed for combo keys such as Alt-F4, Ctrl-xxx, Win+n,.... The power signals from the MCE SE also are more reliable.

When you create activity, you will select devices to add into it. So if you want to use a button from a device in activity, select them from the drop-down arrow on each line.

To bind a key to an XBMC action, see this:
http://forum.xbmc.org/showthread.php?tid...#pid735331

Hope this helps!
-bodhi
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I redid my install and have a few issues now:
1. Xbmc is pinned as 4th item on my taskbar but the Win+4 and Alt+F4 on my "Microsoft Windows Media Center SE Media Center PC" device don't do anything
2. I can't seem to shutdown my HTPC when running XBMC (or in windows 7 for that matter) via the power button on my Harmony 900. Am I missing any power settings in Windows 7 / Xbmc 12?
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(2013-04-17, 10:22)daffeh Wrote: I redid my install and have a few issues now:
1. Xbmc is pinned as 4th item on my taskbar but the Win+4 and Alt+F4 on my "Microsoft Windows Media Center SE Media Center PC" device don't do anything

2. I can't seem to shutdown my HTPC when running XBMC (or in windows 7 for that matter) via the power button on my Harmony 900. Am I missing any power settings in Windows 7 / Xbmc 12?

If you can't shutdown Win 7, it could be:

- Power setting in Win7
- Harmony device: try a different button on MCE SE. If it does not work either then you can try re-update your Harmony remote profile (just reload it).

Based on your number 2, it's likely the problem is with the Harmony device. Restart Win 7 first, if does not work, reload the Harmony profile.
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For anyone searching for this.
This is what I did for windows 7, Xbmc 12.0 and a Logitech Harmony 900:
Mobo: A55 Pro3 - ASRock (check wake on usb in bios)
Receiver: IR605Q (rc6, shows up as genuine in device manager)
I can now start from cold boot and shutdown again.

The only thing that doesn't seem to work is sending Win+# & ALT+F4 (other softbuttons work)

I started by following the guide from the sticky
http://forum.xbmc.org/showthread.php?tid=54466
I added a Microsft MCE Keyboard and a Microsoft windows Media Center SE
Then i added my devices (TV, Receiver)
The I configured the activity buttons like in that thread (except i bound back to esc)
I configured the softbuttons and optimized the speeld to 1500/0/1000/500) and put the two troubleshooting speed values to 0
The I adjusted the power settings for my two MCE devices to 'off when not in use' and with one button for both which I configured to powertoggle

I also added this to
C:\users\<USERNAME>\AppData\Roaming\XBMC\userdata\keymaps\keyboard.xml

Code:
<keymap>
<FullscreenVideo>
<keyboard>
<u>RunScript(script.xbmc.subtitles)</u>
</keyboard>
</FullscreenVideo>
<global>
    <keyboard>
      <k>UpdateLibrary(video)</k>
      <w>ToggleWatched</w>
      <two>JumpSMS2</two>
      <three>JumpSMS3</three>
      <four>JumpSMS4</four>
      <five>JumpSMS5</five>
      <six>JumpSMS6</six>
      <seven>JumpSMS7</seven>
      <eight>JumpSMS8</eight>
      <nine>JumpSMS9</nine>
    </keyboard>
  </global>
</keymap>
I bound U to red button and L & t to green and yellow (subtitle controls)
I bound Tab to blue button (for quick 'honey, what's the time actions Smile)
I also bound up arrow and down arrow (not up and down) to leftbracket and richtbracket because many people would use those buttons for + - 10 mins.

Now try out your activity. It should all boot up. If the pc does not boot up, push the help button and do a guided help. When you arrive at MCE keyboard, try to turn it on. It should now boot up. 1/10 I need to do this, no clue why.

Now I installed XBMCLauncher (http://forum.xbmc.org/showthread.php?tid=136798) and set XBMC to my shell. Add a 5 second delay if your mappings are never there.

Ok, great you now have a fully working XBMC HTPC that looks awesome when booting up (no more people saying that it's a pity you pass via windows)

Now for the shutting down part.
Whenever I shut down (via power on harmony), everything would shut down except the PC.
I enabled debug and saw that the PC does in fact not try to shutdown as my remote sends the S key when shutting down which just opens the exit context menu.

One way is to open your keymap file and everywhere replace the action for <s> to XBMC.Powerdown but that is not what I wanted.

Go to Windows power options and change shutdown action to shutdown and sleep action to nothing (so you don't sleep and think you shut down). Some harmony remotes send a sleep.
Then I used this post (http://forum.xbmc.org/showthread.php?tid...#pid916467) as follows:
Now go to the registry and look for this key:
Code:
start > run > regedit
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\HidIr\Remotes\745a17a0-74d3-11d0-b6fe-00a0c90f57da\
you need to change binary value ReportMappingTable from
Code:
0c,00,00,00,04,00,16,
to
Code:
0c,00,00,00,03,81,00,
You can try to edit it directly with regedit, but that is not really straightforward for the not IT savvy.
Here is a simple trick:
right-click the key (745a17a0-74d3-11d0-b6fe-00a0c90f57da) and export it to a reg file
Edit the reg file (with notepad++) and you will find something like this:
Code:
"ReportMappingTable"=hex:00,00,00,00,04,00,27,01,00,00,00,04,00,1e,02,00,00,00,\
  04,00,1f,03,00,00,00,04,00,20,04,00,00,00,04,00,21,05,00,00,00,04,00,22,06,\
  00,00,00,04,00,23,07,00,00,00,04,00,24,08,00,00,00,04,00,25,09,00,00,00,04,\
  00,26,0a,00,00,00,04,00,29,0b,00,00,00,04,00,1d,0c,00,00,00,04,00,16,0d,00,\
  00,00,04,05,28,0e,00,00,00,04,00,41,0f,00,00,00,04,01,07,10,00,00,00,04,00,\
  43,11,00,00,00,04,00,42,12,00,00,00,04,00,4b,13,00,00,00,04,00,4e,14,00,00,\
  00,04,03,09,15,00,00,00,04,03,05,16,00,00,00,04,03,13,17,00,00,00,04,00,14,\
  18,00,00,00,04,01,13,19,00,00,00,04,03,16,1a,00,00,00,04,01,09,1b,00,00,00,\
  04,01,05,1c,00,00,00,04,01,44,1d,00,00,00,04,03,25,1e,00,00,00,04,00,52,1f,\
  00,00,00,04,00,51,20,00,00,00,04,00,50,21,00,00,00,04,00,4f,22,00,00,00,04,\
  00,28,23,00,00,00,04,00,2a,24,00,00,00,04,00,10,25,00,00,00,04,00,17,26,00,\
  00,00,04,00,06,27,00,00,00,04,00,2b,47,00,00,00,04,01,10,48,00,00,00,04,00,\
  12,49,00,00,00,04,01,0c,50,00,00,00,04,01,04,4a,00,00,00,04,01,08,4e,00,00,\
  00,04,01,22,5a,00,00,00,04,01,45,5b,00,00,00,04,00,2b,5c,00,00,00,04,00,0f,\
  5d,00,00,00,04,01,1c,5e,00,00,00,04,00,1a,6e,00,00,00,01,cd,00,65,00,00,00,\
  03,82,00,3b,00,00,00,01,04,02,32,00,00,00,04,00,2b,33,00,00,00,01,83,01,46,\
  00,00,00,04,03,17
Search for the first 0c entry, leave the next three 00 values, change the next 04 to 03, then 00 to 81 and the 16 to 00.
Exit and shutdown your PC.

Start up your activity again and now shutdown should work

that's all folks

TL;DR: My guide for Wake from S5 + XBMC shell + shutdown via harmony 900 with AsRock wake from usb mobo and IR605Q receiver
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(2013-04-02, 18:07)bodhi Wrote:
(2013-04-02, 10:08)prawnee Wrote: I did have the powertoggle on the original mapped to sleep/wake. I've now changed it to launch the shutdown menu and I've just set the pc to sleep after 5 minutes of idle so I don't actually turn it off using the Harmony, just to wake it up. It seems it now responds to power on using my activity. If I change activity it sends the same power on key to end the activity, but obviously this key doesn't do anything (please correct me if I've got that totally wrong!)

Check your HTPC power settings, is it set to "use the power button to sleep/wake" ? that setting allows you to use the power toggle to sleep/wake it.

I use my harmony to turn on and off my htpc. There is the ability for a dedicated on and off button but it only works with some ir receivers.
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I have problem with my harmony 900 remote. If I set "Computer – Media Center PC – Microsoft – Windows Media Center SE”, everything works and I can control my htpc. But when I try to use "MCE Keyboard" instead of "Windows Media Center SE", it seems that htpc does not correspond at all. Any ideas what could be the reason why MCE Keyboard is not working?

My mce remote is this one: http://www.hd-plex.com/hdplex-internal-m...ntrol.html

Could it be possible that my mce remote is somehow not compatible with harmony 900? If so where I could buy a remote which works also with mce keyboard?
Current setup
HTPC: G4560 Kaby Lake, ASRock H110M-ITX, 8 GB, Win10
Server: G2120 Ivy Bridge, ASRock B75 Pro3-M, 8 GB, 22 TB HDD, Ubuntu 16.04.5 LTS
Audio&Visual: Marantz NR-1602, Dali Opticon 6 5.1, SVS PB12-NSD, Sony KD-65A1
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Is there a way to prevent the power button on my Harmony 900 from putting the PC to sleep? I want to leave the computer on all the time since it stores all my music. I'm running Windows 7 and have all the power setting to stay on all the time. I just want the power button to turn off my TV and receiver. I've tried searching through this thread but came up empty. Thanks!
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Yeah, there is a setting for that device where you can tell it that you don't want the device to turn on or off. I don't have the software in front of me right now, but go to the device tab, and go to the MCE Keyboard and/or SE device, and go to power settings and set it to not turn on or off.
HTPC: Intel NUC BOXD34010WYKH1 | Panasonic TC-P50S30 | Denon AVR-1712, Jamo S606 HC3 5.0 | Logitech Harmony One
Server: Supermicro MBD-X10SL7-F-O | Intel Xeon E3-1231V3 | 16GB DDR1600 ECC | Fractal Design Node 804 | 3 WD Red 3TB, 3 WD Red 4TB, 1 WD Red 6TB
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(2013-05-24, 00:22)Silvaire Wrote: Yeah, there is a setting for that device where you can tell it that you don't want the device to turn on or off. I don't have the software in front of me right now, but go to the device tab, and go to the MCE Keyboard and/or SE device, and go to power settings and set it to not turn on or off.

That worked perfectly. Thank you very much!
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QNAP TS-469L, TS-x69 Atom Processor with XBMC 11 (Eden)

If you have a QNAP (NAS) you will want to know this. It took me a few days, but I got my Harmany 510 remote working with a IR dongle purchased on ebay.

USB Dell IR Dongle: Dell Microsoft MCE Media Center Remote Control USB IR Receiver OVU400003/00

Remote: Harmonay 510
Device Setup: PC Media Center, HP, 464961-001 = A6460T
The Harmony remote Device setup said this remote belongs to a PC package named A6460T, which is fine. Would rather have a model number for the remote direclty, but Harmony did not find it that way. However, if you use the remote model number as I did, harmony will resolve it to the correct PC model number.

Be sure to change your QNAP Media Station settings in the Input section to allow for the MCE(RC6) device as input. That is it, just plug in that Dell IR Dong and configure your Harmony remote to the RC6 device, it is working fine for me and I am very happy.

QNAP - Media Station, Inputs, Remotes
MCE(RC6)
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