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    [SOLVED] MCEUSB2 remote control

    I have a Firefly mini remote control, but it does'nt work with Mythbuntu though it's perfect for BeyondTV and and Vista Media Center.

    I am looking for a remote control to work with Mythbuntu. From reading the posts, it seems MCEUSB2 is a good choice. How do I know which ones are MCEUSB2?

    I found this one on amzon.com:

    http://www.kinamax.com/product/Item/RC-MCE.htm

    Is it MCEUSB2?

    Thanks,

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    Re: MCEUSB2 remote control

    *Don't PM me directly for support, open a new thread
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    Re: MCEUSB2 remote control

    I just set this one up using the mceusb2 drivers. Works just fine.


    Edit: Correction. The remote works with basic functionality regardless of designated remote drivers in the Mythbuntu Control Center. There's a way around it as well -- akin to the Firefly mini remote control instructions. I'll post further below.
    Last edited by road2elysium; November 14th, 2007 at 10:54 PM.

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    Re: [SOLVED] MCEUSB2 remote control

    I just got this remote and am setting up mythtv more as a front-end for media that I already have.

    I actually saw this post before I bought it and I assumed it would work. My system picks up the receiver instantly, but uses the usbkbd driver, so it really is just seeing the remote as a keyboard...

    I could probably make this work, but I know you said it works with lirc_usbmce2 driver, I can load that and then lircd with no errors, but when I run irw, I see no output, when hitting buttons on the remote, it just enters numbers or whatever into the console.

    I'm just concerned that I won't be able to have full functionality if I can't map the keys.

    Could you post your lircd.conf and lircrc file? It's the exact remote, so if I see yours, I'll know better where to start.

    Thanks for any info!

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    Re: [SOLVED] MCEUSB2 remote control

    Quote Originally Posted by lucidblue View Post
    I actually saw this post before I bought it and I assumed it would work. My system picks up the receiver instantly, but uses the usbkbd driver, so it really is just seeing the remote as a keyboard...
    You can view the IR details by doing the following.
    Code:
    lsusb
    Bus 003 Device 003: ID 1241:e000 Belkin
    Code:
    sudo lsusb -D /proc/bus/usb/003/003
    Device: ID 1241:e000 Belkin
    Device Descriptor:
    bLength 18
    bDescriptorType 1
    bcdUSB 1.10
    bDeviceClass 0 (Defined at Interface level)
    bDeviceSubClass 0
    bDeviceProtocol 0
    bMaxPacketSize0 8
    idVendor 0x1241 Belkin
    idProduct 0xe000
    bcdDevice 2.00
    iManufacturer 1 HOLTEK
    iProduct 2 USB Keyboard
    iSerial 0
    bNumConfigurations 1
    Configuration Descriptor:
    bLength 9
    bDescriptorType 2
    wTotalLength 59
    bNumInterfaces 2
    bConfigurationValue 1
    iConfiguration 0
    bmAttributes 0xa0
    (Bus Powered)
    Remote Wakeup
    MaxPower 100mA
    Interface Descriptor:
    bLength 9
    bDescriptorType 4
    bInterfaceNumber 0
    bAlternateSetting 0
    bNumEndpoints 1
    bInterfaceClass 3 Human Interface Devices
    bInterfaceSubClass 1 Boot Interface Subclass
    bInterfaceProtocol 1 Keyboard
    iInterface 0
    HID Device Descriptor:
    bLength 9
    bDescriptorType 33
    bcdHID 1.10
    bCountryCode 0 Not supported
    bNumDescriptors 1
    bDescriptorType 34 Report
    wDescriptorLength 63
    Report Descriptors:
    ** UNAVAILABLE **
    Endpoint Descriptor:
    bLength 7
    bDescriptorType 5
    bEndpointAddress 0x81 EP 1 IN
    bmAttributes 3
    Transfer Type Interrupt
    Synch Type None
    Usage Type Data
    wMaxPacketSize 0x0008 1x 8 bytes
    bInterval 10
    Interface Descriptor:
    bLength 9
    bDescriptorType 4
    bInterfaceNumber 1
    bAlternateSetting 0
    bNumEndpoints 1
    bInterfaceClass 3 Human Interface Devices
    bInterfaceSubClass 1 Boot Interface Subclass
    bInterfaceProtocol 2 Mouse
    iInterface 0
    HID Device Descriptor:
    bLength 9
    bDescriptorType 33
    bcdHID 1.10
    bCountryCode 0 Not supported
    bNumDescriptors 1
    bDescriptorType 34 Report
    wDescriptorLength 157
    Report Descriptors:
    ** UNAVAILABLE **
    Endpoint Descriptor:
    bLength 7
    bDescriptorType 5
    bEndpointAddress 0x82 EP 2 IN
    bmAttributes 3
    Transfer Type Interrupt
    Synch Type None
    Usage Type Data
    wMaxPacketSize 0x0008 1x 8 bytes
    bInterval 10
    Device Status: 0x0000
    (Bus Powered)

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    Re: [SOLVED] MCEUSB2 remote control

    Quote Originally Posted by lucidblue View Post
    I could probably make this work, but I know you said it works with lirc_usbmce2 driver, I can load that and then lircd with no errors, but when I run irw, I see no output, when hitting buttons on the remote, it just enters numbers or whatever into the console.
    I was able to set up an irrecord to grab the codes for the remote as follows:

    Code:
    sudo irrecord --driver=dev/input --device=/dev/input/by-id/usb-HOLTEK_USB_Keyboard-event-kbd ~/lircd-kinamax.conf

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    Re: [SOLVED] MCEUSB2 remote control

    Quote Originally Posted by lfuzzy View Post
    I have a Firefly mini remote control, but it does'nt work with Mythbuntu though it's perfect for BeyondTV and and Vista Media Center.
    I found that the Kinamax remote is quite similar to the Firefly mini remote in that it is recognized as a Human Interface Device (HID) and should work with basic functionality without drivers. Check out the following wiki page to complete the functionality.

    http://www.mythtv.org/wiki/index.php...m_firefly_mini

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    Re: [SOLVED] MCEUSB2 remote control

    Totally just had to edit this, quoted the wrong part.
    I was looking at that, do you think the kernel patch is really necessary? With the irrecord, what type of info does that log? I looked in the list of pre-made lirc.conf files, but couldn't find the kinamax listed.

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    Re: [SOLVED] MCEUSB2 remote control

    I believe the kernel patch is only to gain functionality of a few remaining buttons.

    Irrecord logs IR remote codes. It can generate an index of codes to button names which normally resides in the /etc/lirc/lircd.conf file.
    Last edited by road2elysium; November 15th, 2007 at 04:07 AM.

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    Re: [SOLVED] MCEUSB2 remote control

    Quote Originally Posted by road2elysium View Post
    I believe the kernel patch is only to gain functionality of a few remaining buttons.

    Irrecord logs IR remote codes. It can generate an index of codes to button names which normally resides in the /etc/lircd.conf file.
    Oh, cool, I'll give that a shot, thanks! I'll be sure to post back findings!

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