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Question Change my media centre remote (specific to remote type)

 
  • Created:about 4 years ago
  • Modified:about 4 years ago
  • Status:resolved

Hi Guys,

I've been meaning to ask this for a while, but wasn’t sure if someone can help me with this plus it’s not media browser specific but your all so good here that I thought I'd give it an ask :D.

I have two of the following remotes:

Model: RC1974506/00 MCE Remote

However they came with two Asus EEE-PC’s and therefore don’t have the windows button (no big deal never use it anyway) but my problem is that the numerical buttons only enter numbers, they don’t register multiple taps for letters etc.

Is this is a driver solvable issue? I have a real Windows Media Centre remote, but the styling of these two go better than the oldish grey thing and it’s ugly large receiver).

Thanks in advance.

 
  • did you resolve this with any of the answers or is this still open? – birkoff almost 4 years ago

5 Answers

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  • Created:about 4 years ago
accepted answer

Your remote is not getting “proper” MCE commands but some commands (like up, down, enter) happen to give you most of the functionality.

Intelliremote has a profile for your remote that may give you full functionality but the receiver needs to be compatible too.

Get the trial and check what’s actually being sent/recieved with the HID tester bundled in the package.

http://melloware.com/products/intelliremote/

 
  • cheers Joey, I'll look into it and come back to you once I have some information from it. – gr021857 about 4 years ago
  • I've just downloaded and installed the remote software but it’s having a horrible time when using the HID information section. I've nearly got a copy of the log, but literally every click is taking about 4-5 minutes to register, I just right clicked to bring up the menu to select all and it’s taking ages. I'll post this up in the morning to see if i'm in the right place or not. – gr021857 about 4 years ago
 
  • Created:about 4 years ago
  • Modified:about 4 years ago by JoeyJoeJo

Ok, After about 20 minutes I finally have the log:

"PHILIPS" "MCE USB IR Receiver- Spinel plusf0r ASUS" VID=$0471 PID=$206C  
Input Report Size=8  
Output Report Size=1  
Feature Report Size=0  

Button Input
============

0)  
UsagePage:         Keyboard ($0007)  
ReportID:          1  
IsAlias:           False  
BitField:          2  
LinkCollection:    0  
LinkUsage:         Keyboard ($0006)  
LinkUsagePage:     Generic Desktop ($0001)  
IsRange:           True  
IsStringRange:     False  
IsDesignatorRange: False  
IsAbsolute:        True  
UsageMin:      224 UsageMax:      231  
StringMin:     0 StringMax:     0  
DesignatorMin: 0 DesignatorMax: 0  
DataIndexMin:  0 DataIndexMax:  7  

1)  
UsagePage:         Keyboard ($0007)  
ReportID:          1  
IsAlias:           False  
BitField:          0  
LinkCollection:    0  
LinkUsage:         Keyboard ($0006)  
LinkUsagePage:     Generic Desktop ($0001)  
IsRange:           True  
IsStringRange:     False  
IsDesignatorRange: False  
IsAbsolute:        True  
UsageMin:      0 UsageMax:      104  
StringMin:     0 StringMax:     0  
DesignatorMin: 0 DesignatorMax: 0  
DataIndexMin:  8 DataIndexMax:  112  

Button Output
=============

0)
UsagePage:         LED ($0008)  
ReportID:          1  
IsAlias:           False  
BitField:          2  
LinkCollection:    0
LinkUsage:         Keyboard ($0006)  
LinkUsagePage:     Generic Desktop ($0001)  
IsRange:           True  
IsStringRange:     False  
IsDesignatorRange: False  
IsAbsolute:        True  
UsageMin:      1 UsageMax:      5  
StringMin:     0 StringMax:     0  
DesignatorMin: 0 DesignatorMax: 0  
DataIndexMin:  0 DataIndexMax:  4  

I've uploaded a text version of this if it makes it easier to read: Remote Output

 
  • Thanks for sorting the formatting sam :D double space = new line, never knew that one, cheers! – gr021857 about 4 years ago
 
  • Created:about 4 years ago

Doesn’t look like the output from the HID tester I have installed on mine.

This is my output from a true MCE compatible setup:

MCE : string = '01 00 00 00 01 84 0F 80 20 00 00 00';
MCE : string = '01 00 00 00 02 04 0F 80 20 00 00 00';
MCE : string = '01 00 00 00 03 84 0F 80 20 00 00 00';
MCE : string = '01 00 00 00 04 04 0F 80 20 00 00 00';
MCE : string = '01 00 00 00 05 84 0F 80 20 00 00 00';
MCE : string = '01 00 00 00 06 04 0F 80 20 00 00 00';
MCE : string = '02 00 00 00 C8 00 00 00 0C 00 00 00';
MCE : string = '24';
MCE : string = '01 00 00 00 24 04 0F 80 20 00 00 00';
MCE : string = '00';
MCE : string = '01 00 00 00 23 84 0F 80 20 00 00 00';
MCE : string = '24 02';
MCE : string = '00 00';
MCE : string = '8D 00';
MCE : string = '01 00 00 00 26 04 0F 80 20 00 00 00';
MCE : string = '00 00';
MCE : string = '09 02';
MCE : string = '01 00 00 00 0F 84 0F 80 20 00 00 00';
MCE : string = '00 00';
MCE : string = '02 00 00 00 C0 00 00 00 0C 00 00 00';

That’s pressing 1 through 6 then Guide, Exit, Info, Menu.

And this is from a crappy cyberlink psuedo MCE compatible:

123456
MCE : string = '00 04 00';
MCE : string = '00 00 00';
MCE : string = '00 04';
MCE : string = '00 00';
MCE : string = '00 00 02';
MCE : string = '00 00 00';
MCE : string = '00 02';
MCE : string = '00 00';

That was 1 through 6, epg, menu, back and something else.

You can see that when the MCE setup deals with the numbers and menu, it’s passing much longer, “proper” MCE strings. So the numbers, clear, enter and tripletap all work as intended.

On the non MCE, it’s passing keystrokes for numbers and chopped strings for functions. It works with Cyberlink but only provides the most basic functions on MCE.

Run the tool called “HID Device Tester” that should have installed with intelliremote, press buttons on your remote and see if it’s passing full commands or keystrokes and lame commands.

 
 
  • Created:about 4 years ago
  • Modified:about 4 years ago

Figured out my problem was a conflict on my desktop, i've got ambx lighting installed so it confused the heck out of the program, hence the high usage and unable to click things. I've set it up on my laptop and this is the output from the remote:

1234567890*#

Gives

123456789*£

no MCE : string bits for them, same as your cyberlink remote.

Then we move onto functions:

Eee Button (possibly want to use this as the Media Centre Green Button if possible)

MCE : string = '00 00 00 00 04 00 00 00';

The rest of the functions work fine except for Clear which doesn’t send a code or a backspace or a delete…

Thanks for your help and for editing the code on my last post to show as code :).

*I've now figured out how to use Intelliremote to set Eee to load MCE, so it’s just a case of solving the Clear button [needed to mark as watched quickly] and the numbers entering letters.

 
 
  • Created:about 4 years ago

Intelliremote should enable you to map that or you could give their profile a go. I liked the prog but decided to spend the money I'd use to register to buy a receiver that would allow me to use my Harmony instead.

 
  • sorry mate, completely forgot about this. the intelliremote software doesn’t like the receiver that came with the remotes, but I decided I could live without until the on-screen keyboard plug-in is made available. Accepted your answer though as it is the best solution apart from buying a new receiver. – gr021857 almost 4 years ago