[mythtv-users] How to setup Harmony remote and HP IR receiver?

Igor Cicimov icicimov at gmail.com
Wed Nov 21 05:43:22 UTC 2012

On 21/11/2012 3:38 PM, "Phill Edwards" <philledwards at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 21 November 2012 10:44, Phill Edwards <philledwards at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> The receiver is a MCE-receiver meaning that you'll need to tell your
>>> Harmony remote that you want to control a Microsoft mediacenter PC.
>>> You need to select something like
>>> Component: "Computer/Mediacenter"
>>> Manufacturer: "Microsoft"
>>> Model: "Windows Media Center"
>>> ..in the Harmony configuration software. Afterwards you should be able
>>> to run the "irw" command on your frontend, and see the keypresses when
>>> you click on the Harmony remote.
>> Thanks Kenni. That makes it sound very easy and I'll try it tonight.
>> But don't I need to configure some lirc files as well - such as
hardware.conf, lircd.conf etc? One thing I find confusing with these USB
HID IR devices is what role lirc plays in getting them to work. Do I even
need to run the lirc daemon or do I just shut it down - but if it's not
running how does the machine manage to receive and process any of the IR
>> As you can see I'm very confused with this stuff. Lirc is confusing at
the best of times!
> Hmmm, clearly there's a lot more to getting this working than just
programming the remote and it just working with "irw". I programmed the
remote then pointed it at the ir receiver with irw running and nothing
happened whatsoever. Also, I believe irw requires the lirc daemon to be
running which surely means lircd.conf and harwdare.cconf (ubuntu) have to
be running, doesn't it?

Yes. You set it to autostart in the lirc config file.

> What am I missing here?

You need to put your remote definition in the hardware file and each of the
codes you obtained with irw for all the key press. This will map the ir
signals to keys.

Last you need lircrc file in .mythtv to map the keys to actions in mythtv.
You can do the same for mplayer, vlc etc.

Im on my way home now and i can send you my files as example if you want.

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