[mythtv-users] Problems with MCE and Streamzap remotes -- SOLVED!

Matt Emmott memmott at gmail.com
Mon Sep 17 19:54:56 UTC 2007

On 9/17/07, Brett Granger <bdgranger at alum.mit.edu> wrote:
> Posting a follow-up, in case anyone else runs across this problem.
> The SMK transceiver that came with the WinTV-PVR-USB2 MCE kit that I
> recently purchased has a product Id that did not match either of the
> other 2 SMK products included in the list "known" to the mceusb2 driver.
>   Once I added an additional line with the correct product ID (0x0334)
> to the appropriate entries in lirc_mceusb2.c and lirc_mceusb2.mod.c,
> recompiled, and reinstalled, all is working as it should.
> As for the missing keys using the Streamzap remote, that was a case of
> user error -- I did not restart lircd after putting the
> streamzap-appropriate lircd.conf in place...
> Thanks to the users of this list, who gave me both hope and several
> leads to chase down... Now I can use either remote on this system.
> --Brett
> Brett Granger wrote:
> > Hi All,
> >
> > I have a problem somewhat similar to that described by Don Doumakes in
> > posting
> http://mythtv.org/pipermail/mythtv-users/2007-September/193623.html
> >
> > I have a new Ubuntu Feisty system, kernel 2.6.20-16 that I'm trying to
> > bring up.  Everything has been going great until trying to get lirc to
> work.
> >
> > I have a Microsoft MCE remote that I got as part of the Hauppauge
> > WinTV-PVR-USB2 MCE kit.  I've followed the instructions for downloading,
> > compiling and installing the lirc_mceusb2 driver, using the 0.8.2 lirc
> > tarball.  Everything appears to compile fine, and I'm able to modprobe
> > the drivers.
> >
> > However, when I actually attach the ir receiver and launch irw, it exits
> > immediately and takes lircd down with it.  In syslog, I see "could not
> > open /dev/lirc; default_init(): No such device".  It appears that when I
> > connect the ir receiver, the mceusb2 driver does not detect it and so
> > does not actually create a device to go along with /dev/lirc?  The
> > device file is created as part of the "make install" step...  When I
> > connect the receiver, I do get messages from the kernel acknowledging
> > that a "new full speed USB device" is connected and that "configuration
> > #1 chosen from 1 choice", so I think the USB part is fine.
> >
> > Any clues?
> >
> > Additionally, I have a Streamzap remote on a different system (FC 6).
> > When I compile the streamzap driver on the Ubuntu system, I at least see
> > in syslog that the streamzap driver recognizes when the streamzap
> > receiver is attached and creates a corresponding /dev/lirc0 entry.  irw
> > doesn't exit immediately, but it does not report any keypresses (yes, I
> > made sure to have the right lircd.conf file for the streamzap remote).
> > "mode2" does seem to detect pulses, so I think things are close there.
> >
> > I'd rather use the MCE remote on this system and keep the streamzap on
> > the other system, but will go with whatever works.
> >
> > Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated,
> > --Brett Granger
> >

Great, this means that now I have to buy the remote since it's $25 shipped

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