[WINDOWS] HOW-TO use a Logitech Harmony Remote with XBMC - Printable Version
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- Sheezwack - 2011-02-28 08:44
The best suggestion I can give is to use eventghost and setup the keys with the built in AppCommands of windows so buttons behave like media keys.
It works incredibly awesome with XBMC when you do that. I can press left/right/up/down to skip or use the fast forward/rewind buttons on the remote to do just that.
Eventghost + MCE Remote + Media Commands = awesome
- balforth - 2011-02-28 12:02
Ya, that would work, but it the Harmony One should be able to do it all on it's own, and it would be a shame to have to install another app and leave it running all the time for one single 'skip back' function. Everything else performs masterfully and I can assign any action to any key right on the remote.
- sufreak - 2011-03-01 17:23
Please check out the new Official Harmony Remote with XBMC Thread. http://forum.xbmc.org/showthread.php?tid=95063
Please put your feedback here or in a PM to me or vanOert
- bodhi - 2011-03-01 22:01
So should we start posting there? it's confusing if we have 2 threads.
- dragomanjk - 2011-03-01 22:21
That guide still doesn't list MCE Keyboard SE and I thought the MCE Remote had nothing that the MCE Keyboard didn't... redundant.
Sheezwack Wrote:The best suggestion I can give is to use eventghost and setup the keys with the built in AppCommands of windows so buttons behave like media keys.
Whenever I've tried Eventghost, it displays 2 or 3 codes at a time that change each button press... impossible to use. What am I doing wrong?
- sufreak - 2011-03-02 00:51
dragomanjk Wrote:That guide still doesn't list MCE Keyboard SE and I thought the MCE Remote had nothing that the MCE Keyboard didn't... redundant.
They have plenty of differences. As soon as I have a chance, I can list a few
- huttdes - 2011-03-10 00:35
Ok... my problems :-)
First of all the setup. I followed the set up on the new thread. There are a couple differences in the device setup.
In the new thread it says to setup device one as 'Windows Media Center SE' and name xbmc (sw) and the second as 'Windows Media Center' and name keyboard
The original guide has 'Windows Media Center' and 'MCE Keyboard'.... the big difference being the keyboard one....
Following the new guide I did not have most of the options for mapping the keys.
I had to use the original for this to work....
Now the big problem. Got the devices all installed. Keys mapped. Hit XBMC on my Harmony 900... tv comes on, receiver comes on... but nothing for xbmc works. This is the remote I bought.
The remote works fine from Amazon if I use it but my Logitech is not working with it.
On a side note and this probably means nothing.... during setup it asks 'What input or channel does your Microsoft MCE Remote need to be on?' I assumed the only logical choice for this was 'I don't need to set the input on my Microsoft MCE Remote' ...Also asks this for the second device.
Anyway... any thoughts?
EDIT>>>>>Ok, just noticed this. On the Logitech's blaster... on the devices that work (receiver, tv)... when I press any button the status light on the blaster flashes. It doesn't do anything when I press any of the XBMC keys so it is not even sending a signal to the pc's ir receiver. Might I have an incompatible remote?
2nd edit.... now that I look at this generic ass box this thing came it... I can't even find a brand name on it. It just says 'PC remote'... MCE not mentioned anywhere. I have a feeling I will be ordering another remote. This one perhaps? http://www.amazon.com/Windows-Control-Infrared-Receiver-Ultimate/dp/B00224ZDFY/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1299710518&sr=1-1........actually maybe I am just hungry and frustrated.... it does say Windows MCE at the bottom....if this even matters....
- bodhi - 2011-03-10 01:36
huttdes Wrote:Ok... my problems :-)
This remote/receiver combo is not RC6. To set this up, find the device name Chinavision CVSB-983 in the Harmony database.
This is very limited comparing to RC6 remote. To take advantage of everything discussed here, you'll need a RC6 receiver (no need to have the remote, just the receiver). However, the Chinavision will give you a basic set of commands to get it going. It will work.
Later, find a RC6 remote on Ebay, it only costs under $20, and you will be able to program all the Function keys, Control keys, Alt keys,...
- huttdes - 2011-03-10 01:53
Thanks bodhi. I'd like to get this running by the weekend. Is the link to Amazon that posted at the end for the other remote compatible? I have prime shipping through Amazon and can get it overnighted for $4.
Ebay has them listed as RC6 remotes but like I said I would rather get from Amazon but they do not say on theirs which are and are not.... Someone have a link to one that will work on Amazon that is eligible for Prime shipping?
- vanOert - 2011-03-10 03:33
From the looks of it you should be fine with the amazon one. Did you try and search for rc6 directly?
To be sure, I would look for a MCE branded one (green button with windows logo :-D )