[mythtv-users] IR Blaster and Channel change script for Myth TV

Taylan Pince taylan at taylanpince.com
Wed Sep 20 15:03:13 UTC 2006

On 19-Sep-06, at 11:01 PM, Brad DerManouelian wrote:

> On Sep 19, 2006, at 7:35 PM, PROTEK wrote:
>> Taylan Pince wrote:
>>> On 19-Sep-06, at 3:03 PM, PROTEK wrote:
>>>> I have not tried the Smart Blaster - But I will buy one even if it
>>>> cost a couple dollars to get my Digital Box working.
>>>> My time is worth something and there is ZERO good information about
>>>> using and IR Blaster.. ( they are a waist of money as far as I am
>>>> concerned )
>>>> I have been trying to get one working for over 6 months, now I have
>>>> just been waiting for another solution to come along.
>>>> Every time it comes up here it is just avoided and there is no
>>>> "good" documentation I have found that is actually relevant to
>>>> simply changing a channel on a STB from mythtv..
>>> Does it have to do with your particular setup? It took me only an
>>> hour to setup the IR Blaster and I had no idea what I was doing,  
>>> just
>>> followed the directions at http://www.eggshellskull.com/
>>> Cheers,
>>> Taylan
>> Thanks - I looked at most of these setups and this one was by far  
>> the most well done..
>> www.eggshellskull.com
>> But I am using Suse 10 that has LIRC available. From what I  
>> understand DON"t try and use it...
>> Also the STB box I had before I took it back was a Scientific  
>> Explorer 2100 ( if I remember right ) There does not seem to be  
>> any remote codes for it..
> http://lirc.sourceforge.net/remotes/scientific_atlanta/Explorer_2000
> I found it by following the directions on www.eggshellskull.com
>> I also tried the 8300 but it goes to sleep all the time  
>> ( Hibernates ) my cable company only gives out crappy old boxes,  
>> so yes I am sure this complicating things..
> This looks like what you need for the 8300:
> http://lirc.sourceforge.net/remotes/scientific_atlanta/AT8400
>> Short and long I could get LIRC compiled and working but never  
>> emitting anything useful as far as channel changing.
>> I gave up it was just not worth all this hassle for a couple  
>> digital channels, There has to be an easier way to change channels  
>> for us that have crippled cable boxes..

Just a quick reply to confirm this. You don't need to completely  
match your STB model with the remote code files on lirc.org. I am  
using a Scientific Explorer 1800, and using the Explorer_2000 file on  
the LIRC archives worked without any issues. I am sure it would work  
with 2100 as well.

The good thing about the directions at eggshellskull.com is that they  
don't require you to make a separate LIRC build. I can't say much  
about Suse 10 though, I followed them on FC4.


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