[mythtv-users] First time NVidia Shield + Remote Setup

Michael mythtv at blandford.net
Wed Jan 23 17:47:57 UTC 2019

On 1/23/19 10:31 AM, A D wrote:
> On Wed, Jan 23, 2019 at 11:13 AM Greg Oliver <oliver.greg at gmail.com 
> <mailto:oliver.greg at gmail.com>> wrote:
>     On Wed, Jan 23, 2019 at 10:39 AM A D <ashu.desai at gmail.com
>     <mailto:ashu.desai at gmail.com>> wrote:
>         On Wed, Jan 23, 2019 at 10:34 AM Greg Oliver
>         <oliver.greg at gmail.com <mailto:oliver.greg at gmail.com>> wrote:
>             On Wed, Jan 23, 2019 at 10:05 AM A D <ashu.desai at gmail.com
>             <mailto:ashu.desai at gmail.com>> wrote:
>                 Hello all
>                 I wanted to start a fresh chain so as to not mix up my
>                 initial email for help.
>                 I just bought NVidia Shield 4K gaming edition. Reading
>                 here from past emails, I know a lot of people said
>                 there were certain gotchas, especially setting up the
>                 remote the "right" way.
>                 Can someone please give me the 'best' practices on
>                 setting up the nVidia as a Frontend?
>                 Not sure if this matters, but I do not have TV
>                 recording on my backend. I am only doing this for
>                 Music/Photos/Videos (on my storage - NOT recordings)
>             If you are not recording TV (or from a STB), then MythTV
>             should not be your choice.  There are way better suited
>             media slingers out there with apps for most devices
>             already available.
>         I am sorry but don't agree with that - I have been using Myth
>         for 12 odd years. When Comcast/Xfinity started encrypting TV
>         channels, I stopped the TV recording on my end. However, I
>         love Myth platform and even though there may be million other
>         offerings that can do something better, I prefer keeping my
>         bond with Myth.
>         Appreciate the input, though.
>                 Reason I mention this is there were some emails about
>                 commercial skip and that doesn't affect me and didn't
>                 want someone to waste their time for me on it.
>                 Appreciate all the help you guys give, as always.
>                 Thank you!
>                 Ash
>     No worries - I can appreciate that.  The remote for the shield is
>     pretty nice to use, but the new LONGPRESS entries in MythTV are
>     non-intuitive, so I gave up trying to make them work.  Every time
>     I tried to train one in MythTV, the short button press kicked in
>     and MythTV acted on it.  I am unsure how to get them working, but
>     since I have the Harmony stuff, I did not dwell on it too long and
>     just use my harmony mapped to my keys as always. If you are going
>     to use multiple Shields, I recommend upon first cofig of the
>     frontend to make a unique identifier you can distinguish so MythTV
>     does no make them all seem similar (in case you want to copy the
>     keymappings from one Shield to the other in the database without
>     having to go through it all over again).
>     -Greg
> I honestly don't see myself getting multiple Shields - however, if the 
> "right" way is to make a unique identifier - I guess I should do it 
> that way? Is there a step by step somewhere on setting up the remote? 
> Or should I search it online? I am asking here on our forums since 
> need to customize it for my Myth

Even if you only use 1 shield, you should create a unique identifier.    
Peter has indicated that the default identifier will change when new 
packages are issued ( I think it was when new signing certs were used, 
but I don't remember for sure).   if you don't want to lose your 
settings down the road, you should create a unique identifier from the 

There are multiple ways of managing the remote and they have been 
discussed a fair amount of the last few months on the list.  The most 
common seem to be:

1) Using the long press entries

2) Use the harmony hub to bind using bluetooth and send keypresses from 
the virtual keyboard

3) Use the USB flirc device + any remote (including harmony)

4) Use a remote that emulates a keyboard + USB dongle

5) Use a bluetooth keyboard/mouse

I am personally using #2 and #3 for my two shields.



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