[mythtv-users] Hauppauge PVR500 MCE Remote Doesn't Work

Andrew Davis andrew at nccomp.com
Tue Sep 26 16:36:23 UTC 2006

mikepolniak wrote:
> On 14:54 Mon 25 Sep     , Andrew Davis wrote:
>> My hardware includes the Hauppauge PVR-500 MCE w/ Remote (I bought the 
>> bundle that includes the remote and receiver after reading at various 
>> places that it works). Unfortunately, I think I have a newer one and it 
>> doesn't work. Mine meets the "grey and black" description, but it 
>> completely lacks "four colored buttons" as the ones that are working 
>> seem to have. In a nutshell, I plugged in the receiver to the USB port 
>> and dmesg showed it. I went through all the lirc installation steps, but 
>> when I open up irw (either as the mythtv user or root) and press buttons 
>> on the remote, I get nothing.... nothing at all. I've tried forcing it 
>> to work with different module options (lirc_i2c, lirc_mceusb, 
>> lirc_mceusb2). The (current) relevant portions of my /etc/modprobe.conf 
> My remote looks identical to the one in your pictures but its marked RC6
> ir on the back and MX 5 50 6 in the battery compartment. You don't
> mention creating your lircrc file that maps the remote keys to mythtv.
> This is the lircrc config file i edited for my remote:
> http://www.abarbaccia.com/mythtv/lircrc
> You may need to put the lircrc file in a few different places and symlink
> so its found, then restart lircd and mythfrontend. I did this back in
> January and if i remeber correctly i may have even needed a reboot for
> this to work.  
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I guess my answer is yes and no... I must admit I'm a tad confused... 
following the guide at wilsonet.com for MythTV .20 on FC5, at the 
beginning of the LIRC section it says:

For the new grey and black remote, you can grab a copy of the config 
file off my web server. Say yes if prompted about overwriting an 
existing file.
# wget http://wilsonet.com/mythtv/lircd-g3.conf.txt
# mv lircd-g3.conf.txt /etc/lircd.conf

For the older grey and black remote:

# cp /usr/share/doc/ivtv-*/lircd-g.conf /etc/lircd.conf

Users with the black remote, you'll need to go this route:

# cp /usr/share/doc/ivtv-*/lircd.conf /etc/lircd.conf

But, then... further down the page it says:

Getting it onto your MythTV box is a simple matter of:

$ wget http://wilsonet.com/mythtv/lircrc-haupgrey.txt
$ mkdir ~/.mythtv
$ mv lircrc-haupgrey.txt ~/.mythtv/lircrc

Please be aware that this lircrc file is somewhat customized toward my 
own needs (though I actually use a universal remote now). For example, 
the VOL+/- buttons don't alter volume at all, because I use an external 
amp. However, the MUTE button does mute. Other notables are the YELLOW 
button, which seeks to the previous commercial cut point, the BLUE 
button, which seeks to the next commercial cut point, and the FULL 
button, which toggles the aspect ratio (very useful with my HDTV). 
Adjusting the buttons to suit your own needs is a simple matter of 
editing the lircrc file.

More likely than not, you'll also want to use your remote with whatever 
video player gets launced to view your video library via MythVideo. The 
above lircrc file includes settings in it for both xine and mplayer, but 
they both look for an lirc settings file in ~/.lircrc, which we can 
remedy simply by symlinking to ~/.mythtv/lircrc, like so:

$ ln -s ~/.mythtv/lircrc ~/.lircrc

Basically, its as though it magically goes from putting stuff in 
/etc/lircd.conf to putting it into ~/.mythtv/lircrc and a symlink back 
to ~/.lircrc

So here's what I have right now... I put your config example into 
/etc/lircd.conf. I even set the ownership to mythtv:root with perm's of 644.
Then in /home/mythtv/.mythtv I have:

 0 lrwxrwxrwx  1 mythtv mythtv    15 Sep 26 09:25 lircrc -> /etc/lircd.conf
 0 lrwxrwxrwx  1 mythtv mythtv    15 Sep 26 09:25 .lircrc -> /etc/lircd.conf

And in /home/mythtv, I have:

0 lrwxrwxrwx  1 mythtv mythtv   15 Sep 26 09:26 .lircrc -> /etc/lircd.conf

Basically, I have a single config file in /etc that the mythtv user can 
read and symlinks in other places pointing at it.

Unfortunately, running irw still gives nothing... even after reboots and 

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