[mythtv-users] Remote substitute

PAUL WILLIAMSON pwilliamson at mandtbank.com
Fri Dec 3 23:50:34 UTC 2004

I thought I'd share a funny story...

I've been fighting with LIRC to get it to recognize my Lola X-10 for
a week and decided to throw in the towel and get a Lite-On wireless 
keyboard.  I bounced the idea off my wife and kids, and they seemed 
to be ok with using a keyboard, as long as it was wireless.

I got it today, replaced the wired keyboard and it was quite ok.
Now instead of switching one button to control the TV and the 
Myth box, I was switching between a remote and a keyboard.
>From a WAF, it was extremely low.  From a grandparents point 
of viw, it was totally unacceptable.  

So, I killed two birds with one stone and solved the problems 
with a solution right in front of my face.  I programmed my 
learning remote with all the keyboard commands I thought I'd 
ever use and voila! - I don't have a keyboard anymore, 
I didn't have to mess with LIRC for oh-so-many-hours to 
get just the right keymaps and I've got control of Myth 
back into the learning remote.    And if I need the keyboard 
in an emergerncy, it's stored in a cabinet right near the TV 
so I can whip it out lickety-split.

Myth gets cooler every day.  I just thought I'd share 
my solution to solve a problem I see a lot of people -
"I can't get LIRC working right" or "I can't get the 
keymaps just right."  Programming a learning remote 
from a keyboard is about 100x easier than getting 
LIRC just right (IMHO).  Am I missing something?


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