[mythtv-users] Why does my USB IR remote behave like a keyboard?

Richard Bronosky mythtv at bronosky.com
Mon Jan 30 19:41:16 UTC 2006

I'm trying to debug my remote, but I know nothing about LIRC.  So my
first step in understanding what is happening is to figure out why my
remote behaves like a keyboard.  I checked dmesg and the USB receiver
that came with the remote is detected as a Philips RCS Keyboard.  It has
a HID an everything.  Many of the buttons are returning normal
keycodes.  Many are not.  I want to get to a point where I can get a
signal from each of the buttons, then I can do something with the signal.

So, does LIRC cause a remote to look like a keyboard?  Or, do you think
the USB receiver for the remote is designed to appear to be a keyboard?

Richard Bronosky wrote:
> I have came accross this remote 
> http://www.flickr.com/photos/richardbronosky/92962671/ ehich came with 
> the Dell that my Mother-in-Law got upsold into.  (The sales guy told her 
> she needed MCE cause it was the newest thing and she didn't want her 
> computer to be out of date the day she got it.  But they didn't even put 
> a tuner in the machine.</rant>)
> Has anyone ever used one of these?  It seems like it should be the same 
> as a KMS MCE remote, right?  It appears to be recognized as a keyboard, 
> but many of the buttons do nothing.  So I installed Sven 
> http://sven.linux.kiev.ua/index-en.shtml which gives my the power to map 
> a few more of the buttons, but there are still many that do not send 
> keycodes to Sven.  I know the Remote is transmiting and being received, 
> because there is a little receive light on the USB base.  I love the key 
> layout, now I just need to make the Pictures, Music, DVD, and Videos 
> buttons do something.
> Ideas?
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Thank you for your time,
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