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RE: [WINDOWS] HOW-TO use a Logitech Harmony Remote with XBMC - chongwho - 2014-02-17 05:04

I'm having similar problems with my new i5 Haswell NUC.

The MCE Keyboard keys (C, M, I, esc, backspace etc) are not working at all.

But the MCE Remote buttons are working.

Any help would be much appreciated.


RE: [WINDOWS] HOW-TO use a Logitech Harmony Remote with XBMC - DavidHorton - 2014-03-05 07:16

Chongwho,

I've just got my new i5 NUC (running Fedora 20) working successfully with my Harmony 650.

These are the steps I needed. It took a little while to figure out exactly what combination would achieve the desired effect.
  • Enable the IR receiver in Fedora (http://intelnuc.blogspot.com.au/2014/01/getting-ir-receiver-work-with-haswell.html). ACPI issues cause it not to be enabled by default. Linux specific.
  • Configure keymap within XBMC to add additional key mappings (I have the Harmony set up as a MCE Keyboard and needed to add some additional key mappings as per post #2 here - http://forum.xbmc.org/showthread.php?tid=95063)
  • Set up Harmony remote as a Microsoft MCE Keyboard. I created an activity XBMC containing 2 devices, my TV and the Microsoft MCE Keyboard and then customised the remote buttons to correspond to the appropriate actions as per the mappings (from link in previous bullet).
You shouldn't need to use lirc.

The only issue I seem to have is that occasionally the remote sends multiple key presses for a single button press. I've set the repeat count to zero in the Harmony configuration but this doesn't seem to have got rid of it completely. I can live with that though.

If you also want to send other commands/key combinations not in the MCE Keyboard profile then you can add an additional device to the activity (e.g. in some threads people have wanted to use the Microsoft Media Centre SE profile as this allows sending of Win+X combinations) and then assign the appropriate command to the relevant button.

Hope this helps


RE: [WINDOWS] HOW-TO use a Logitech Harmony Remote with XBMC - heveys4 - 2014-03-07 22:25

Hi guys.

I have just setup my harmony 1000 and all the controls are working the way I want them to.

My big problem is every time i start the activity it starts xbmc then crashes and gives me error: Unable to create GUI, Exiting

once i hit enter i can then relaunch xbmc and everything works fine but everytime it starts its crashes. And only when using the activity to start it.

Im guessing its something todo with the impute setting for xbmc but iv seems to try everything and its only causes problems even locks up my computer some time.

any help would be great.

thanks soo much


RE: [WINDOWS] HOW-TO use a Logitech Harmony Remote with XBMC - awarras - 2014-05-04 18:07

Hey guys, I followed your instructions, I am having one small problem with Logitech Ultimate...
I have mapped all my buttons under both activity and devices, the buttons mapped under SE click correctly, other buttons such as C I ESC Backspace and all other ones that are not available under SE's menu and are available as MCE Keyboard don't click right, one click one the button will send out multiple commands to the XBMC did anyone have this problem? How did you fix it?

I'm using HP IR Receiver, Logitech Harmony XBMC 12.3, Windows 8
I also tried to play around with delay and repeat with no effect or whatsoever...

I just need the MCE Keyboard to click once or send 1 command that's all i'm asking for... Confused


RE: [WINDOWS] HOW-TO use a Logitech Harmony Remote with XBMC - Ibanezq - 2014-05-28 11:29

Hi everyone!
I have a Logitech Harmony 900 and I trying to setup a MCE Keyboard profile with XBMC but my IR receiver not responding for typical keyboard commands e.g. letters.
The MCE Remote profile of LH works properly - all commands working fine.

Do I need a special driver for IR receiver or software to emulate keyboard commands...?
I'm using Windows 7 x64 and XBMC 13.

Thanks for support.


RE: [WINDOWS] HOW-TO use a Logitech Harmony Remote with XBMC - zammer - 2014-07-17 04:53

Hi All,

I am new to XBMC world and trying to set it up first time, I have got XBMC installed on Win7 and planning to get IR reciever for it.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-Original-Lenovo-Microsoft-MCE-IR-Wireless-Receiver-Only-Free-Shipping-/320802871592?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4ab1575928

Would this receiver work in my case?

Thanks


RE: [WINDOWS] HOW-TO use a Logitech Harmony Remote with XBMC - TRaSH - 2014-07-18 22:23

not sure,
but i can tell you the hp recievr works
http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-HP-USB-MCE-IR-Wireless-Receiver-Windows-7-Vista-/261127073131?pt=US_Remote_Controls_Pointers&hash=item3ccc62ed6b


RE: [WINDOWS] HOW-TO use a Logitech Harmony Remote with XBMC - wints - 2014-07-19 11:14

(2014-02-17 05:04)chongwho Wrote:  The MCE Keyboard keys (C, M, I, esc, backspace etc) are not working at all.

But the MCE Remote buttons are working.

Any help would be much appreciated.

I,m having similar problems to this myself with harmony one remote, bought a ORtek VRC-1100 and it works but had to set it up as a ORtek and not a MCE Remote and all works fine but then added the MCE Keyboard and tried to map some of the keys (C, M, I, esc, backspace etc) but they do nothing at all Huh any ideas would be most appreciated thanks


RE: [WINDOWS] HOW-TO use a Logitech Harmony Remote with XBMC - Floyd - 2014-08-21 10:53

Hello,

I have recently bought an Harmony Smart Control, I thought I can directly control my PC but after reading the web, I saw that it's not possible. Options to do it seems to use IR or Bluetooth. In any cases persons expect somes issues. With an IR RC6 USB receiver and MCE Keyboard as Harmony device there are some trouble with keys as prevously post deal with, I don't have an RC6 receiver so I didn't test it, but I sure this solution was completed tested. So I'm developping an alternative.

My solution use an IR receiver with an Arduino Uno and a custom .NET program. You can select any IR device in Harmony to control your PC. With my program you can assign an instruction for each received IR code. For exemple, send a key to the focused application, shutdown computer, start a program, etc. Instead of sending key to XBMC, I'm thinking to use the XBMC API to control it.

This work is in progress but I will post here soon the Arduino schema and the source code of the application.

Keep in touch Wink