[mythtv-users] Mac mini, ubuntu, IR remotes
shaun at lowry.me.uk
Wed Apr 9 21:34:45 UTC 2008
Tino Keitel wrote:
> On Sat, Apr 05, 2008 at 13:59:38 +0100, Shaun Lowry wrote:
>> I have a mac mini running Ubuntu & MythTV. I've read several rumours
>> that the built-in IR receiver can handle alternate remote controls but
>> no actual confirmation. I have the dev/input driver for the ir
> I use a Mac mini with a learning remote and lirc, and it works fine.
>> receiver in the kernel and that seems to be working OK. It appears
>> that the input-utils can't reconfigure the keymap for this device but
>> I've managed to sort of get it going with xmodmap. Problem is, 6
>> keys aren't really enough to drive MythTV comfortably, I figure I need
>> at least up, down, left, right, Esc, P and M (7 keys) and would prefer
>> Enter and a numberpad too.
>> Has anyone actually got the built in receiver working with an
>> alternate remote control, and if so, which one and how?
> I'll first write something about the "how".
> Above you mentioned the dev/input lirc driver. This requires a kernel
> patch so that the IR device is seen as an input device. The patch never
> was in the vanilla kernel. The driver also has the disadvantage of
> being broken after a suspend, so you have to reload the driver and
> restart the lircd after resume, including all applications that use
> As of lirc 0.8.2 you can use a driver called "macmini". This uses the
> IR device as a USB HID device, so you need a corresponding
> /dev/usb/hid* device file. Take care not to use kernel 2.6.22, as this
> version blacklisted the IR device in the HID driver.
I'm currently running Ubuntu 7.10 which has this kernel, although as
I've said it appears to be working at the dev/input level. I don't
have the /dev/usb/hid* devices though. I'm planning to upgrade to
Hardy Heron when it gets released in a couple of weeks which has
MythTV 0.21 and kernel 2.6.24 - is this kernel likely to be OK?
> Now you can set up lirc as usual (irrecord) with the Apple remote, to
> test that everyting is working.
> I wanted to use a remote with more than the 6 keys that the Apple
> remote has. So I bought a learning remote and configured it to use the
> Apple remote IR codes. Now you need to press the menu and play buttons
> on the Apple remote for a few seconds, so that it generates different
> IR codes. Configure the next 6 keys on the learning remote. Repeat
> this, until all keys are configured.
That's just what I needed to know - I was wondering how I'd get my
mitts on a bunch of different Apple remotes :)
> After this, use irrecord to learn all the keys on the learning remote,
> and you are done.
> Regarding the learning remote: I used a Sony RM-VL600T.
I have access to a URC-8060 ('Kameleon') - anyone have any ideas if
this can learn the Apple remote codes?
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