[WINDOWS] HOW-TO setup Sony PS3 Bluetooth Remote Control to work with XBMC - Printable Version
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[WINDOWS] HOW-TO setup Sony PS3 Bluetooth Remote Control to work with XBMC - sIRwa2 - 2008-10-03 14:32
For all that own a playstation3 BD remote or like to use and excellent remote that has a better connectivity that RF or IR, cheetah05 and miljbee, wrote an excellent app for Windows.
Get It -> PS3BluMote v2.04
update Feb: Added hibernate funcionality by miljbee
It Acts like a normal keyboard / HID-input runs in the system tray and also features sms like text input trough the numeric keys :o , so you can use it on all your favorite applications that use keyboard shortcuts, like media players media centers and so on.
I'd say: check it out and let us know what you think.
Quote:HOW TO PAIR THE OFFICIAL SONY PS3 BLUETOOTH REMOTE IN WINDOWS:* version 2.04 is not tested by me
- brownstein - 2008-10-07 02:25
This little app works great for me, I wastrying to wrap my head around the whole eventclient thing when i stumbled upon this (i am using bluesoleil bluetooth dongle, so I dont know if it is compatible with xbmc). I find this app very responsive and if you just hold the PS button down for 6 seconds it will disconnect from the bluetooth until another button is pressed. I also bound the X button the ps3 remote to a hotkey I had setup on the xbmc shortcut on my desktop to launch xbmc and then bound the red button as shutdown.
- sIRwa2 - 2008-10-07 09:59
good to hear.
Quote:and if you just hold the PS button down for 6 seconds it will disconnect from the bluetooth until another button is pressed.
Yes, i forgot to put that bit in, otherwise the remote will stay connected and drown your battery's.
i too love the "feel" of the remote, and you never have to worry about line of sight like with IR.
We are currently looking into the possibility to load different config's, toggle sms feature on/off and left/right mouse presses with a key bind. (maybe even mouse movement). With the SMS feature you can type letters with the number keys like you do on your phone.
If you like, you can post your config file so others can build on it.
- brownstein - 2008-10-07 14:12
I am having a problem now, I am using a bluetooth dongle with bluesoleil and sometimes as soon as I press a button the remote connects right away, but now it searches for a few seconds and says "Bluetooth service is not available" and cannot connect to the remote. I suspect this is an issue with bluesoleil?
- sIRwa2 - 2008-10-07 15:01
that might be, is it still listed in your bluetooth places or under game controller in config screen? i had to once re-install the dongle drivers because i was fucking around with it
- brownstein - 2008-10-07 15:48
yeah it is still listed there but wont let me connect. I have a feeling that the problem is happening if I dont hold down the PS button to disconnect before I restart the computer. If I go ahead and restart it without disconnecting first, it throws the pairing off maybe? I will have to mess around with it later, kind of annoying.
on another note, I am also getting that video speeds up and slows down but audio remains constant problem, I think it has to do with the digital audio, I am using a SB Live! 5.1 using spdif and ac3filter, the videos work fine thru WMP or VLC, it just seems to be an issue in XBMC.
I love tinkering with this shit though, the wife on the other hand does not seem to be imnpressed.
- brownstein - 2008-10-10 22:27
I still get connection issues here and there but I think it is just the cheap dongle I have, if I disconnect it and plug in back in it will usually connect again.
- Freddo - 2008-10-11 04:34
Would it be possible to have the remote automaticly time out and switch off after a user specified time interval? I'm pretty forgetful so I'm bound to forget to unpair the remote manually every time.
- sIRwa2 - 2008-10-12 00:34
no its not possible to send anything TO the remote, but i never paid attention if it might do it itself. how is it on the sixaxis? does it shutdown after inactivity?
- djdafreund - 2008-10-12 18:22
Thanks alot for posting about this. I actually bought one from work last night just to start using after reading this post, and being bluetooth (Yeah, no aiming!!) Works just great too. I might add 'use no pairing code' to the info though. A lot of devices use 0000 as a default (my mouse,all headsets,etc.), so i'm guessing there might be users out there trying this and thinking something isn't working right when it comes back saying couldn't pair. I tried no code 1st luckily, but still thought it would be helpfull to others in case.
I would also love to see some feedback if/when someone happens to find out if it auto shuts off, so it doesn't wear down the batteries trying to always keep paired even when not being used. I could always pull out a battery when just not using, or unpair it til then.
Would you mind posting your ini file to share that you setup for XBMC? (the exported ini file for the BT remote application), which works perfectly BTW, That way we only have to just tweak a few buttons if any.