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    Infrared Remote?

    Hi all,

    I have a question that may or may not help me plan out a weekend project.

    How do I determine if my computer (Dell Inspiron 1521) has a usable IR receiver? It appears to have one on the front chassis, underneath where the touchpad and music buttons are, but I have never been able to see if it works.


    How do I find out if it works, and if it does; how do I set it up? I have an unused apple remote here, as well as a universal remote- would either of them work?
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    Re: Infrared Remote?

    Should turn up in
    Code:
    lspci
    shouldn't it?
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    Re: Infrared Remote?

    Quote Originally Posted by audiomick View Post
    Should turn up in
    Code:
    lspci
    shouldn't it?
    Thats what I thought, but I dont know what it would be listed as.


    Now the obligatory terminal scrape:

    Code:
    tom@karmic-laptop:~$ lspci
    00:00.0 Host bridge: ATI Technologies Inc RS690 Host Bridge
    00:01.0 PCI bridge: ATI Technologies Inc RS690 PCI to PCI Bridge (Internal gfx)
    00:05.0 PCI bridge: ATI Technologies Inc RS690 PCI to PCI Bridge (PCI Express Port 1)
    00:07.0 PCI bridge: ATI Technologies Inc RS690 PCI to PCI Bridge (PCI Express Port 3)
    00:12.0 SATA controller: ATI Technologies Inc SB600 Non-Raid-5 SATA
    00:13.0 USB Controller: ATI Technologies Inc SB600 USB (OHCI0)
    00:13.1 USB Controller: ATI Technologies Inc SB600 USB (OHCI1)
    00:13.2 USB Controller: ATI Technologies Inc SB600 USB (OHCI2)
    00:13.3 USB Controller: ATI Technologies Inc SB600 USB (OHCI3)
    00:13.4 USB Controller: ATI Technologies Inc SB600 USB (OHCI4)
    00:13.5 USB Controller: ATI Technologies Inc SB600 USB Controller (EHCI)
    00:14.0 SMBus: ATI Technologies Inc SBx00 SMBus Controller (rev 14)
    00:14.1 IDE interface: ATI Technologies Inc SB600 IDE
    00:14.2 Audio device: ATI Technologies Inc SBx00 Azalia (Intel HDA)
    00:14.3 ISA bridge: ATI Technologies Inc SB600 PCI to LPC Bridge
    00:14.4 PCI bridge: ATI Technologies Inc SBx00 PCI to PCI Bridge
    00:18.0 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] HyperTransport Technology Configuration
    00:18.1 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] Address Map
    00:18.2 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] DRAM Controller
    00:18.3 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] Miscellaneous Control
    01:05.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc RS690M [Radeon X1200 Series]
    03:00.0 Ethernet controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4401-B0 100Base-TX (rev 02)
    03:01.0 FireWire (IEEE 1394): Ricoh Co Ltd R5C832 IEEE 1394 Controller (rev 05)
    03:01.1 SD Host controller: Ricoh Co Ltd R5C822 SD/SDIO/MMC/MS/MSPro Host Adapter (rev 22)
    03:01.2 System peripheral: Ricoh Co Ltd R5C592 Memory Stick Bus Host Adapter (rev 12)
    03:01.3 System peripheral: Ricoh Co Ltd xD-Picture Card Controller (rev 12)
    0b:00.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4311 802.11b/g WLAN (rev 01)
    Code:
    tom@karmic-laptop:~$ lshw
    WARNING: you should run this program as super-user.
    karmic-laptop             
        description: Computer
        width: 64 bits
        capabilities: vsyscall64 vsyscall32
      *-core
           description: Motherboard
           physical id: 0
         *-memory
              description: System memory
              physical id: 0
              size: 4608MiB
         *-cpu
              product: AMD Turion(tm) 64 X2 Mobile Technology TL-56
              vendor: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD]
              physical id: 1
              bus info: cpu@0
              size: 800MHz
              capacity: 800MHz
              width: 64 bits
              capabilities: fpu fpu_exception wp vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic sep mtrr pge mca cmov pat pse36 clflush mmx fxsr sse sse2 ht syscall nx mmxext fxsr_opt rdtscp x86-64 3dnowext 3dnow rep_good extd_apicid pni cx16 lahf_lm cmp_legacy svm extapic cr8_legacy cpufreq
         *-pci:0
              description: Host bridge
              product: RS690 Host Bridge
              vendor: ATI Technologies Inc
              physical id: 100
              bus info: pci@0000:00:00.0
              version: 00
              width: 32 bits
              clock: 66MHz
              configuration: latency=64
            *-pci:0
                 description: PCI bridge
                 product: RS690 PCI to PCI Bridge (Internal gfx)
                 vendor: ATI Technologies Inc
                 physical id: 1
                 bus info: pci@0000:00:01.0
                 version: 00
                 width: 32 bits
                 clock: 66MHz
                 capabilities: pci bus_master cap_list
                 resources: ioport:e000(size=4096) memory:fe900000-feafffff ioport:e0000000(size=268435456)
               *-display UNCLAIMED
                    description: VGA compatible controller
                    product: RS690M [Radeon X1200 Series]
                    vendor: ATI Technologies Inc
                    physical id: 5
                    bus info: pci@0000:01:05.0
                    version: 00
                    width: 64 bits
                    clock: 33MHz
                    capabilities: bus_master cap_list
                    configuration: latency=64
                    resources: memory:e0000000-efffffff(prefetchable) memory:fe9f0000-fe9fffff ioport:ee00(size=256) memory:fea00000-feafffff
            *-pci:1
                 description: PCI bridge
                 product: RS690 PCI to PCI Bridge (PCI Express Port 1)
                 vendor: ATI Technologies Inc
                 physical id: 5
                 bus info: pci@0000:00:05.0
                 version: 00
                 width: 32 bits
                 clock: 33MHz
                 capabilities: pci bus_master cap_list
                 configuration: driver=pcieport-driver
                 resources: irq:24 memory:fe800000-fe8fffff
               *-network
                    description: Wireless interface
                    product: BCM4311 802.11b/g WLAN
                    vendor: Broadcom Corporation
                    physical id: 0
                    bus info: pci@0000:0b:00.0
                    logical name: eth1
                    version: 01
                    serial: 00:1c:26:0f:25:7c
                    width: 32 bits
                    clock: 33MHz
                    capabilities: bus_master cap_list ethernet physical wireless
                    configuration: broadcast=yes driver=wl0 driverversion=5.10.91.9 ip=192.168.254.56 latency=0 multicast=yes wireless=IEEE 802.11
                    resources: irq:17 memory:fe8fc000-fe8fffff
            *-pci:2
                 description: PCI bridge
                 product: RS690 PCI to PCI Bridge (PCI Express Port 3)
                 vendor: ATI Technologies Inc
                 physical id: 7
                 bus info: pci@0000:00:07.0
                 version: 00
                 width: 32 bits
                 clock: 33MHz
                 capabilities: pci bus_master cap_list
                 configuration: driver=pcieport-driver
                 resources: irq:25 ioport:d000(size=4096) memory:fe600000-fe7fffff ioport:f0000000(size=2097152)
            *-storage
                 description: SATA controller
                 product: SB600 Non-Raid-5 SATA
                 vendor: ATI Technologies Inc
                 physical id: 12
                 bus info: pci@0000:00:12.0
                 version: 00
                 width: 32 bits
                 clock: 66MHz
                 capabilities: storage bus_master cap_list
                 configuration: driver=ahci latency=64
                 resources: irq:22 ioport:6eb0(size=8) ioport:6eb8(size=4) ioport:6ec0(size=8) ioport:6ec8(size=4) ioport:6ee0(size=16) memory:fec01000-fec013ff
            *-usb:0
                 description: USB Controller
                 product: SB600 USB (OHCI0)
                 vendor: ATI Technologies Inc
                 physical id: 13
                 bus info: pci@0000:00:13.0
                 version: 00
                 width: 32 bits
                 clock: 66MHz
                 capabilities: bus_master
                 configuration: driver=ohci_hcd latency=64
                 resources: irq:16 memory:ffb00000-ffb00fff
            *-usb:1
                 description: USB Controller
                 product: SB600 USB (OHCI1)
                 vendor: ATI Technologies Inc
                 physical id: 13.1
                 bus info: pci@0000:00:13.1
                 version: 00
                 width: 32 bits
                 clock: 66MHz
                 capabilities: bus_master
                 configuration: driver=ohci_hcd latency=64
                 resources: irq:17 memory:ffb01000-ffb01fff
            *-usb:2
                 description: USB Controller
                 product: SB600 USB (OHCI2)
                 vendor: ATI Technologies Inc
                 physical id: 13.2
                 bus info: pci@0000:00:13.2
                 version: 00
                 width: 32 bits
                 clock: 66MHz
                 capabilities: bus_master
                 configuration: driver=ohci_hcd latency=64
                 resources: irq:18 memory:ffb02000-ffb02fff
            *-usb:3
                 description: USB Controller
                 product: SB600 USB (OHCI3)
                 vendor: ATI Technologies Inc
                 physical id: 13.3
                 bus info: pci@0000:00:13.3
                 version: 00
                 width: 32 bits
                 clock: 66MHz
                 capabilities: bus_master
                 configuration: driver=ohci_hcd latency=64
                 resources: irq:17 memory:ffb03000-ffb03fff
            *-usb:4
                 description: USB Controller
                 product: SB600 USB (OHCI4)
                 vendor: ATI Technologies Inc
                 physical id: 13.4
                 bus info: pci@0000:00:13.4
                 version: 00
                 width: 32 bits
                 clock: 66MHz
                 capabilities: bus_master
                 configuration: driver=ohci_hcd latency=64
                 resources: irq:18 memory:ffb04000-ffb04fff
            *-usb:5
                 description: USB Controller
                 product: SB600 USB Controller (EHCI)
                 vendor: ATI Technologies Inc
                 physical id: 13.5
                 bus info: pci@0000:00:13.5
                 version: 00
                 width: 32 bits
                 clock: 66MHz
                 capabilities: bus_master cap_list
                 configuration: driver=ehci_hcd latency=64
                 resources: irq:20 memory:ffa80000-ffa800ff
            *-serial
                 description: SMBus
                 product: SBx00 SMBus Controller
                 vendor: ATI Technologies Inc
                 physical id: 14
                 bus info: pci@0000:00:14.0
                 version: 14
                 width: 32 bits
                 clock: 66MHz
                 capabilities: cap_list
                 configuration: driver=piix4_smbus latency=0
                 resources: irq:0 ioport:10c0(size=16)
            *-ide
                 description: IDE interface
                 product: SB600 IDE
                 vendor: ATI Technologies Inc
                 physical id: 14.1
                 bus info: pci@0000:00:14.1
                 version: 00
                 width: 32 bits
                 clock: 66MHz
                 capabilities: ide bus_master
                 configuration: driver=pata_atiixp latency=64
                 resources: irq:16 ioport:1f0(size=8) ioport:3f6 ioport:170(size=8) ioport:376 ioport:bfa0(size=16)
            *-multimedia
                 description: Audio device
                 product: SBx00 Azalia (Intel HDA)
                 vendor: ATI Technologies Inc
                 physical id: 14.2
                 bus info: pci@0000:00:14.2
                 version: 00
                 width: 64 bits
                 clock: 33MHz
                 capabilities: bus_master cap_list
                 configuration: driver=HDA Intel latency=64
                 resources: irq:16 memory:febfc000-febfffff
            *-isa
                 description: ISA bridge
                 product: SB600 PCI to LPC Bridge
                 vendor: ATI Technologies Inc
                 physical id: 14.3
                 bus info: pci@0000:00:14.3
                 version: 00
                 width: 32 bits
                 clock: 66MHz
                 capabilities: isa bus_master
                 configuration: latency=0
            *-pci:3
                 description: PCI bridge
                 product: SBx00 PCI to PCI Bridge
                 vendor: ATI Technologies Inc
                 physical id: 14.4
                 bus info: pci@0000:00:14.4
                 version: 00
                 width: 32 bits
                 clock: 66MHz
                 capabilities: pci bus_master
                 resources: memory:fe500000-fe5fffff
               *-network
                    description: Ethernet interface
                    product: BCM4401-B0 100Base-TX
                    vendor: Broadcom Corporation
                    physical id: 0
                    bus info: pci@0000:03:00.0
                    logical name: eth0
                    version: 02
                    serial: 00:19:b9:84:59:33
                    width: 32 bits
                    clock: 33MHz
                    capabilities: bus_master cap_list ethernet physical
                    configuration: broadcast=yes driver=b44 driverversion=2.0 latency=64 multicast=yes
                    resources: irq:21 memory:fe5fe000-fe5fffff
               *-firewire
                    description: FireWire (IEEE 1394)
                    product: R5C832 IEEE 1394 Controller
                    vendor: Ricoh Co Ltd
                    physical id: 1
                    bus info: pci@0000:03:01.0
                    version: 05
                    width: 32 bits
                    clock: 33MHz
                    capabilities: bus_master cap_list
                    configuration: driver=ohci1394 latency=64 maxlatency=4 mingnt=2
                    resources: irq:23 memory:fe5fd800-fe5fdfff
               *-generic:0
                    description: SD Host controller
                    product: R5C822 SD/SDIO/MMC/MS/MSPro Host Adapter
                    vendor: Ricoh Co Ltd
                    physical id: 1.1
                    bus info: pci@0000:03:01.1
                    version: 22
                    width: 32 bits
                    clock: 33MHz
                    capabilities: bus_master cap_list
                    configuration: driver=sdhci-pci latency=64
                    resources: irq:20 memory:fe5fd500-fe5fd5ff
               *-generic:1 UNCLAIMED
                    description: System peripheral
                    product: R5C592 Memory Stick Bus Host Adapter
                    vendor: Ricoh Co Ltd
                    physical id: 1.2
                    bus info: pci@0000:03:01.2
                    version: 12
                    width: 32 bits
                    clock: 33MHz
                    capabilities: bus_master cap_list
                    configuration: latency=64
                    resources: memory:fe5fd600-fe5fd6ff
               *-generic:2 UNCLAIMED
                    description: System peripheral
                    product: xD-Picture Card Controller
                    vendor: Ricoh Co Ltd
                    physical id: 1.3
                    bus info: pci@0000:03:01.3
                    version: 12
                    width: 32 bits
                    clock: 33MHz
                    capabilities: bus_master cap_list
                    configuration: latency=64
                    resources: memory:fe5fd700-fe5fd7ff
         *-pci:1
              description: Host bridge
              product: K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] HyperTransport Technology Configuration
              vendor: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD]
              physical id: 101
              bus info: pci@0000:00:18.0
              version: 00
              width: 32 bits
              clock: 33MHz
         *-pci:2
              description: Host bridge
              product: K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] Address Map
              vendor: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD]
              physical id: 102
              bus info: pci@0000:00:18.1
              version: 00
              width: 32 bits
              clock: 33MHz
         *-pci:3
              description: Host bridge
              product: K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] DRAM Controller
              vendor: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD]
              physical id: 103
              bus info: pci@0000:00:18.2
              version: 00
              width: 32 bits
              clock: 33MHz
         *-pci:4
              description: Host bridge
              product: K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] Miscellaneous Control
              vendor: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD]
              physical id: 104
              bus info: pci@0000:00:18.3
              version: 00
              width: 32 bits
              clock: 33MHz
              configuration: driver=k8temp
              resources: irq:0
      *-scsi:0
           physical id: 1
           bus info: scsi@6
           logical name: scsi6
           capabilities: scsi-host
           configuration: driver=usb-storage
      *-scsi:1
           physical id: 2
           bus info: scsi@7
           logical name: scsi7
           capabilities: scsi-host
           configuration: driver=usb-storage
      *-network DISABLED
           description: Ethernet interface
           physical id: 3
           logical name: vboxnet0
           serial: 0a:00:27:00:00:00
           capabilities: ethernet physical
           configuration: broadcast=yes multicast=yes
    tom@karmic-laptop:~$

    Anyone see anything that would be like an IR device?
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    Re: Infrared Remote?

    Nothing jumps out at me...
    Michael

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    Re: Infrared Remote?

    Quote Originally Posted by audiomick View Post
    Nothing jumps out at me...
    IR ports run on the serial bus so this may be it.

    Code:
    *-serial
                 description: SMBus
                 product: SBx00 SMBus Controller
                 vendor: ATI Technologies Inc
                 physical id: 14
                 bus info: pci@0000:00:14.0
                 version: 14
                 width: 32 bits
                 clock: 66MHz
                 capabilities: cap_list
                 configuration: driver=piix4_smbus latency=0
                 resources: irq:0 ioport:10c0(size=16)

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    Re: Infrared Remote?

    Quote Originally Posted by drzoo2 View Post
    IR ports run on the serial bus so this may be it.

    Code:
    *-serial
                 description: SMBus
                 product: SBx00 SMBus Controller
                 vendor: ATI Technologies Inc
                 physical id: 14
                 bus info: pci@0000:00:14.0
                 version: 14
                 width: 32 bits
                 clock: 66MHz
                 capabilities: cap_list
                 configuration: driver=piix4_smbus latency=0
                 resources: irq:0 ioport:10c0(size=16)
    Alrighty, supposing that it is connected here, how would I use it/see if its working?
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    Re: Infrared Remote?

    bumpity bump
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    Re: Infrared Remote?

    Hi Tom.
    Just so you don't feel deserted: sorry, now idea how to get it started.
    Out of interest, have you searched for specs on the machine to see if it claims to have IR or not, or are you just going on the fact that it looks like a receiver and it is a fair assumption that a laptop would have it?

    edit:
    Hmmm, the laptop is listed in the Ubuntu Hardware support list, but the infra red is untested....
    Last edited by audiomick; February 5th, 2010 at 11:46 PM.
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    Re: Infrared Remote?

    Want an alternative to 99% of Windows applications?
    http://www.osalt.com/

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    Re: Infrared Remote?

    Aarrghghg! Where's the gorilla and the shark!!!?
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