[mythtv-users] remotes (yet AGAIN) (FIXED!)

Jesse Guardiani jesse at wingnet.net
Sun Dec 18 11:22:06 EST 2005

On Friday 16 December 2005 10:12 am, Jesse Guardiani wrote:
> Lee wrote:
> >
> >>
> >>>> I love the buttons on the Hauppauge remote, but it's very
> >>>> unresponsive. Buttons have to be held down usually. Sometimes
> >>>> for 5 seconds or more. The receiver has to be at a certain angle to 
> >>>> the remote, and that angle seems to change during the
> >>>> course of playback. *Very* poor range. Etc... my wife is highly 
> >>>> annoyed, and I am too.
> >>>
> >>>
> >>> I noticed the same during 2 months. Change your batteries and you 
> >>> will be happy.
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >> I use rechargable NiMH. I just charged them a few days ago. No luck.
> >>
> >>
> > I don't have a Hauppauge remote, but I have tried running other 
> > remotes on rechargeable batteries, and a lot of them just won't, I 
> > guess due to the lower voltage that the rechargeables push out ...
> > Stick a fresh set of Alkalines in the remote and try it again, you 
> > never know...
> I didn't realize the voltages were different (I use my NiMH
> batteries in everything, and I've never had a problem before),
> but this page seems to confirm that:
> http://www.greenbatteries.com/nibafa.html
> I'll buy a set of alkalines tonight and give it a try. Can't hurt.

Nah, alkalines didn't help. But I figured out the problem:

My IR receiver was mounted right below my TV screen. Apparently
this caused some sort of interference. Sometimes certain parts of
a show would make the remote unresponsive. I'm guessing the light
from the TV saturated/confused the receiver. When I moved the IR 
receiver a few feet away from the TV under the cabinet, it started
working fine.

It's still not quite as sensitive as the X-Box remote (you have
to point the remote at the receiver), but it's good enough.


Jesse Guardiani
Programmer/Sys Admin
jesse at wingnet.net

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