Re: Should I try serial IR?
I thought the same thing with my PVR-150 (even with the camera trick). If the 250 is like the 150, the IR cord connector (the male part) is INSANELY nitpicky. It's not enough for it to be plugged in securely - it must be in the correct position.
Does it have a little slot on it? On mine, the slot has to be at a certain point for it to work properly. IIRC, the slot has to be on the exact left side of the port. Try it in different orientations and see if any of it works.
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