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cheap usb remote from dealextreme - chene - 2009-02-19 23:17
was wondering if anyone has experience with the MCE remote available from Dealextreme, sku number 14380? It is only USD$11. If so, can you please comment its functionality with regard to xbmc and its mouse function?
while I love my wiiremote, I found it too draining on the battery. I do use rechargeable battery, though.
thanks in advance,
- BLKMGK - 2009-02-19 23:32
here this will make it easier for folks... -> http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.14380
- chene - 2009-02-22 22:16
thanks for posting the link. I wasn't too sure if live link to a retail website was allowed in this form (as it wasn't in most).
any help is very much appreciated,
- bob_loblaw - 2009-04-24 14:13
I just got one of these remotes today and many of the functions work out-of-the-box (particularly the arrows and enter keys). I've taught my learning remote a number of the codes and it's fine. I've come from an Xbox remote on an Xbox and haven't yet replicated all the functions (the play/pause/stop buttons don't seem to work out-of-the-box!) but it's very early days.
I've tried setting a keymap up for it using the <keyboard> tags but not having much luck. Any suggestions on figuring out what button does what for XBMC purposes?
- NeoX - 2009-04-24 15:28
This works out of the box. But it's not your typical lirc remote. This is a remote that sends "keyboard" signals to the box. Basically if you don't need lirc to use this. I would not recommend this remote if you planning on configuring/customizing etc. If u don't want to customize and used what it has then definitely go for it else buy a proper remote.
- fasteddy - 2009-04-24 15:40
I've been using this remote for some time. Just about everything worked out of the box on Intrepid, but when I downgraded to Hardy due to the multithreaded video decoding issue, Stop and Play buttons no longer worked properly. Something to be aware of.
Also, if you hit any of the A B C or D keys at the top of the remote, it'll drop you to the console (TTY1 - 4). While that rarely happens to me, last night I dropped the remote in the middle of a movie and ended up having to reset the machine as a result (I'm considering physically deactivating those buttons on the remote).
Aside from that, I have mapped some of the extra buttons to some scripts, context menu, etc. I'll try and post my Keymap.xml when I get home tonight.
- fasteddy - 2009-04-25 03:02
Here's the relevant portion of my Keymap.xml (under global keyboard):
- Loto_Bak - 2009-04-25 05:12
I just recently got this remote+ir reciever.
I would not recommend it.
The reciever is detected as a HID keyboard and mouse. LIRC cannot decode any IR from this device.
It also does NOT support key repeat except for on the volume control. This is annoying when scrolling lists (you cannot hold the button)
If anyone has had success with another cheap USB ir reciever that is supported well by lirc please share!
If you already have it, this is how to use it
The above guide says to use lirc with no config but ignore that and configure the /dev/input mode
After that is complete you should be able to run irw and get output such as this
Then use the mappings in lircmap.xml and use 'ARROW_UP' etc to map to XBMC commands
There are maximum 39 remote codes on the OEM reciever.
Once configured in the above guide the remote will no longer push keys as a keyboard would in the console. This is nice so it doesnt conflict.
Any problems with configing it lemme know ill try and help.
As a side note I've have had great success with dealextreme's tiny bluetooth paired with a PS3 remote. Very slick and VERY VERY responsive!
- bob_loblaw - 2009-04-25 09:57
fasteddy Wrote:Here's the relevant portion of my Keymap.xml (under global keyboard):That's really useful, thanks. I'm using a Windows install though, do you have the IDs from the play/pause/etc buttons as I can't get them to work...
I can't speak for a Linux install, but if the machine is solely a HTPC like mine is, it doesn't really matter if it's emulating keypresses or is actually sending IR codes as long as it does the job. For a multipurpose machine it might not be a good purchase.
- ERamseth - 2009-04-25 20:12
BLKMGK Wrote:here this will make it easier for folks... -> http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.14380
Thanks for the tip. I had been looking for a good remote (wireless keyboard and mouse from gyration is feeling a little clunky these days...) and this seems to fit the bill for less than 30-40 dollars i was seeing everywhere else.