[mythtv-users] Hauppage remote - I've had numbers and keys working, but nothing else.

David Watkins watkinshome at gmail.com
Wed Nov 28 21:32:01 UTC 2007

On 28/11/2007, Damian <damian at gingermagic.co.uk> wrote:
> Hello all,
> I've just posted to a thread regarding the Hauppage remote on a
> Mythbuntu foum, but thought I'd ask here too.
> I've never managed to get my remote to work. Pre or post Mythbuntu. I
> was hoping that Mythbuntu would sort it out (one of my main reasons for
> installing it on top of my Ubuntu/Mythtv system), but still nothing. I
> have number keys and directional key working, but pretty much nothing
> else so I have to use my keyboard all or the time.
> I have 2 Hauppage Nova-t cards in my machine and a long ir cable coming
> out of one of them (I actually spliced two together to make it long
> enough, but there is input getting in so i don't think that's causing a
> problem).
> The person who started the thread I repled to got things working after
> he seilised that his remote was recognised by the kernel and followed
> some advice here:
> http://parker1.co.uk/mythtv_ubuntu2.php
> I have just re-looked at the parker site and ran
> cat /proc/bus/input/devices
> where I find I have 2 Hauppage entries (to be expected), on event 5 and
> evern6.
> Running
> sudo evetest /dev/input/event5
> doesn't do much, but
> sudo evetest /dev/input/event6
> fills me with hope. Everything I press suddenly does give me a response!
> I don't understand the responses, but they're there
> However, when I go down further to the part where it says:
> As usual, we'll give it a quick test ...
> sudo /usr/sbin/lircd -H dev/input -d /dev/input/event2 -n
> and (in another terminal)
> irw
> "Press some buttons and you should see the events displayed"
> Well, I see nothing at all displayed! Not even the numbers and cursor
> keys giving any input now!

You need to make sure you've got lircd configured right.

I used

irrecord -H dev/input -d /dev/input/event6 mylircd.conf

 then copy mylircd.conf to /etc/lircd.conf

then start lircd with

lircd -H dev/input -d /dev/input/event6 /etc/lircd.conf

This maps your key-codes to labels.

You also need an lircrc file where you attach the labels to the mythtv
key mappings.  See


for help with this.

There's a fairly good wiki page too


I also ended putting this in my xorg.conf file

Section "InputDevice"
        Identifier "remote"
        Driver "evdev"
        Option "Name" "Hauppauge Nova-T"
        Option "XkbModel" "evdev"
        Option "Protocol" "evdev"
        Option "Device" "/dev/input/event4"

to get the evdev driver loaded, but I can't remember where I got that
bit of black magic from.

Hope this helps

Hope this helps

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