Ever wish your TV and receiver would power on and off with your PC and screensaver? With these scripts and instructions you can.
Now there are some assumptions here and you would have to tailor this to your setup as this is only an example of mine.
Most importantly I'm using mythbuntu and xscreensaver is the screensaver used in this distribution for which my script has been written for. I have conf files for the devices I want to control and the scripts are setup for my home directory and devices.
Now on to the fun stuff.
You'll need conf files for the devices you want to control.
If you can't find your device here or in /usr/share/lirc/extras/transmitters/ you can create one using irrecord but that is beyond the scope of this how-to. I'll reply with that if you ask though.
If you have more than one device, you obviously need more than one transmitter but the thing I'd like to stress is that you can copy and paste all the devices into one conf file for lirc to load.
It should look like my example master.conf below.
Put that file in /usr/share/lirc/extras/transmitters/Code:# this config file was automatically generated # using lirc-0.9.0(default) on Mon Oct 22 12:53:42 2012 # # contributed by David Gilson <email@example.com> # # brand: Westinghouse # model no. of remote control: UNKNOWN # devices being controlled by this remote: 40" Westinghouse TV VR-4085DF # # This TV was only available on Black Friday of 2011 in limited quantities # from Target # begin remote name VR4085DF bits 16 flags SPACE_ENC|CONST_LENGTH eps 30 aeps 100 header 9000 4500 one 563 1687 zero 563 562 ptrail 563 repeat 9000 2250 pre_data_bits 16 pre_data 0x807F gap 108000 toggle_bit_mask 0x0 frequency 38000 duty_cycle 33 begin codes KEY_POWER 0x08F7 KEY_MUTE 0x8877 KEY_1 0x807F KEY_2 0x40BF KEY_3 0xC03F KEY_4 0x20DF KEY_5 0xA05F KEY_6 0x609F KEY_7 0xE01F KEY_8 0x10EF KEY_9 0x906F KEY_LAST 0xDA25 KEY_0 0x00FF KEY_MINUS 0x50AF KEY_VOLUMEUP 0x708F KEY_VOLUMEDOWN 0xF00F KEY_CHANNELUP 0x30CF KEY_CHANNELDOWN 0xB04F KEY_DISPLAYTOGGLE 0xC837 KEY_ZOOM 0x42BD KEY_MENU 0xA857 KEY_EXIT 0x6897 KEY_SLEEP 0xE817 KEY_SWITCHVIDEOMODE 0x48B7 KEY_A 0x2AD5 KEY_B 0x32CD KEY_C 0x6A95 KEY_D 0xAA55 KEY_UP 0x9867 KEY_LEFT 0xD827 KEY_ENTER 0xB847 KEY_RIGHT 0x38C7 KEY_DOWN 0x58A7 KEY_TEXT 0xEA15 KEY_FAVORITES 0x1AE5 KEY_LIST 0x9A65 KEY_LANGUAGE 0x5AA5 end codes end remote # # this config file was automatically generated # using lirc-0.8.1-CVS(default) on Sat Oct 21 18:34:58 2006 # # contributed by Ben Bronk <rukh13|hotmail.com> # # brand: Kenwood # model no. of remote control: RC-R0813 # devices being controlled by this remote: Kenwood VR-6070 # begin remote name Kenwood_RC-R0813 bits 24 flags SPACE_ENC|CONST_LENGTH eps 30 aeps 100 header 9065 4480 one 580 1660 zero 580 550 ptrail 580 repeat 9060 2230 pre_data_bits 8 pre_data 0x1D gap 108434 toggle_bit 0 begin codes power 0x00B946 thx 0x8043BC listenmodeup 0x00fb04 listenmodedown 0xe0f807 activeeq 0x60e21d speakereq 0x60926d inputmode 0x20f906 dspmode 0x8030cf mute 0x0039c6 stereo 0x00eb14 vol+ 0x00d926 vol- 0x0059a6 setup 0xc09867 sound 0x80ea15 up 0x80aa55 down 0x802ad5 left 0x4000ff right 0x40807f tunerev 0x4040bf tunefwd 0x40c03f flip 0xc0906f band 0xc0609f inputsel 0xc06a95 a/b 0x0010ef auto 0x4020df dimmer 0x40b847 dvd6ch 0xc001fe cd/dvd 0x0049b6 phono 0x0009f6 tuner 0x008976 video1 0x006996 video2 0x0040bf video3 0xc0b847 md/tape 0x00a956 avaux 0x00c936 loudness 0x00fa05 tone 0x80AB54 bass 0x40EA15 1 0x00817E 2 0x0041be 3 0x00c13e 4 0x0021de 5 0x00a15e 6 0x00619e 7 0x00e11e 8 0x0011ee 9 0x00916e 0 0x0001fe +10 0x00b04f +100 0x40f20d end codes end remote
If you're wondering how use, where master.conf is the file you want to use
Now configure lirc so it knows what to transmit.Code:sudo cp master.conf /usr/share/lirc/extras/transmitters/master.conf
and edit TRANSMITTER_LIRCD_CONFCode:sudo gedit /etc/lirc/hardware.conf
We also need to edit lircd.conf to include master.confCode:# /etc/lirc/hardware.conf # #Chosen Remote Control REMOTE="Windows Media Center Transceivers/Remotes (all)" REMOTE_MODULES="lirc_dev mceusb" REMOTE_DRIVER="" REMOTE_DEVICE="/dev/lirc0" REMOTE_SOCKET="" REMOTE_LIRCD_CONF="mceusb/lircd.conf.mceusb" REMOTE_LIRCD_ARGS="" #Chosen IR Transmitter TRANSMITTER="Microsoft Windows Media Center V2 (usb) : Kenwood" TRANSMITTER_MODULES="lirc_dev mceusb" TRANSMITTER_DRIVER="" TRANSMITTER_DEVICE="" TRANSMITTER_SOCKET="" TRANSMITTER_LIRCD_CONF="master.conf" TRANSMITTER_LIRCD_ARGS="" #Enable lircd START_LIRCD="true" #Don't start lircmd even if there seems to be a good config file #START_LIRCMD="false" #Try to load appropriate kernel modules LOAD_MODULES="true" # Default configuration files for your hardware if any LIRCMD_CONF="" #Forcing noninteractive reconfiguration #If lirc is to be reconfigured by an external application #that doesn't have a debconf frontend available, the noninteractive #frontend can be invoked and set to parse REMOTE and TRANSMITTER #It will then populate all other variables without any user input #If you would like to configure lirc via standard methods, be sure #to leave this set to "false" FORCE_NONINTERACTIVE_RECONFIGURATION="false" START_LIRCMD=""
Code:sudo gedit /etc/lirc/lircd.confCode:#This configuration has been automatically generated via #the Ubuntu LIRC package maintainer scripts. # #It includes the default configuration for the remote and/or #transmitter that you have selected during package installation. # #Feel free to add any custom remotes to the configuration #via additional include directives or below the existing #Ubuntu include directives from your selected remote and/or #transmitter. #Configuration for the Windows Media Center Transceivers/Remotes (all) remote: include "/usr/share/lirc/remotes/mceusb/lircd.conf.mceusb" #Configuration for the Microsoft Windows Media Center V2 (usb) : Master: include "/usr/share/lirc/extras/transmitters/master.conf"
OK cool lirc is now configured. Reboot and see if lirc can actually send ir commands.
I would hope you already have an ir transmitter setup in front of the ir eye of the device you are controlling.
Using the format irsend DIRECTIVE REMOTE CODE for example
Should net the desired action. (FYI remote and code names are in your conf file.)Code:irsend SEND_ONCE VR4085DF KEY_POWER
If not fix your lirc config before continuing.