XBOX DVD IR Receiver
The Xbox DVD IR receiver (both Microsoft original and generic) can be used as an USB IR receiver with LIRC and MythTV. LIRC support is included in the lirc_atiusb module.
The IR Receiver obviously does not plug directly into a standard USB port without some modifications being made. Fortunately, the ports on an Xbox are only modified usb ports, so all Xbox hardware is basically USB compatible hardware.
You can also buy an extension cable on ebay that plugs into the controller ports on the front of the Xbox and has a socket for the receiver to plug into on the other end. By cutting the male end of the cord off and connecting the loose wires to a cable with a male USB plug at the end, you have a nice long USB to Xbox input extension cable. For people that decide to go this route, the pictures below may be helpful since the Xbox extension cables don't seem to use standard USB colored wiring.
Blacklist the xpad Module
Xpad is a driver included in Linux that allows the use of Xbox gamepads. For LIRC to work correctly with the Xbox IR receiver, this driver cannot be loaded. In order to prevent this from happening, add the following line to /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist:
Building kernel module for lirc 0.9.0
In version 0.9.0, most of kernel module have been merged in the kernel tree. However, the module for the Xbox is missing and the lirc_atiusb doesn't work out of the box. Here is how to have a working lirc :
git clone git://lirc.git.sourceforge.net/gitroot/lirc/lirc wget https://raw.github.com/fabricega/OSELAS.BSP-RaspberryPi/master/patches/lirc-0.9.0/lirc-0.9.0-021-lirc_xbox.patch cd lirc/ patch -p1 <../lirc-0.9.0-021-lirc_xbox.patch
edit the file drivers/lirc_xbox/lirc_xbox.c and comment out #include <linux/smp_lock.h>
Next, build lirc :
./autogen.sh ./configure --with-driver=xbox make
Now install the kernel modules :
sudo cp drivers/lirc_dev/lirc_dev.ko /lib/modules/3.10-3-686-pae/kernel/drivers/misc sudo cp drivers/lirc_xbox/lirc_xbox.ko /lib/modules/3.10-3-686-pae/kernel/drivers/misc sudo depmod -a
Ensure that the file /etc/lircd/hardware.conf has the following line:
and restart lirc
Copy the following file to /etc/lircd.conf:
# this config file was automatically generated # using lirc-0.8.3-CVS(default) on Fri Feb 8 09:34:50 2008 # # brand: Microsoft Xbox DVD Receiever (also works with generic) # remote control: Xbox remote or any remote using RCA DVD player codes begin remote name Xbox_Remote bits 8 eps 30 aeps 100 one 0 0 zero 0 0 gap 163983 toggle_bit_mask 0x0 begin codes left 0xA9 up 0xA6 right 0xA8 down 0xA7 enter 0x0B 1 0xCE 2 0xCD 3 0xCC 4 0xCB 5 0xCA 6 0xC9 7 0xC8 8 0xC7 9 0xC6 0 0xCF menu 0xF7 display 0xD5 rewind 0xE2 ffwd 0xE3 play 0xEA pause 0xE6 stop 0xE0 skip- 0xDD skip+ 0xDF title 0xE5 info 0xC3 back 0xD8 end codes end remote
Add the following file to ~/.mythtv/lircrc:
# ~/.mythtv/lircrc # # MythTV native LIRC config file for # the Xbox remote control and usb receiver. # The Xbox remote uses RCA dvd player commands. # Any universal remote should be able to control # this device. begin prog = mythtv button = up repeat = 4 config = Up end begin prog = mythtv button = down repeat = 4 config = Down end begin prog = mythtv button = left repeat = 4 config = Left end begin prog = mythtv button = right repeat = 4 config = Right end # Select begin prog = mythtv button = enter repeat = 4 config = Space end # Menu begin prog = mythtv button = menu repeat = 4 config = M end # Info begin prog = mythtv button = info repeat = 4 config = i end # Play begin prog = mythtv button = play repeat = 4 config = Return end # Stop begin prog = mythtv button = stop repeat = 4 config = Esc end # Pause begin prog = mythtv button = pause repeat = 4 config = P end # skip forward (short) begin prog = mythtv button = ffwd repeat = 4 config = Right end # skip back (short) begin prog = mythtv button = rewind repeat = 4 config = Left end # jump forward (long) begin prog = mythtv button = skip+ repeat = 4 config = down end # jump back (long) begin prog = mythtv button = skip- repeat = 4 config = up end # Numbers 0-9 begin prog = mythtv button = 0 repeat = 4 config = 0 end begin prog = mythtv button = 1 repeat = 4 config = 1 end begin prog = mythtv button = 2 repeat = 4 config = 2 end begin prog = mythtv button = 3 repeat = 4 config = 3 end begin prog = mythtv button = 4 repeat = 4 config = 4 end begin prog = mythtv button = 5 repeat = 4 config = 5 end begin prog = mythtv button = 6 repeat = 4 config = 6 end begin prog = mythtv button = 7 repeat = 4 config = 7 end begin prog = mythtv button = 8 repeat = 4 config = 8 end begin prog = mythtv button = 9 repeat = 4 config = 9 end # The following buttons can be configured as desired. The configuration below repeats # commands available from other buttons. # Title Button begin prog = mythtv button = title repeat = 4 config = i end # Display Button begin prog = mythtv button = display repeat = 4 config = i end # Back Button begin prog = mythtv button = back repeat = 4 config = esc end
Set LIRC to start at boot:
[root@LivingRoom ~]# /sbin/chkconfig lircd on
Load the lirc_atiusb Module
Support for the Xbox IR receiver is built into the driver for the ATI Remote Wonder USB receiver. Load this module at boot by adding the following line to /etc/rc.local:
[root@LivingRoom ~]# reboot
Your remote should now work in MythTV.
Universal Remote Support
The standard codes used by the Xbox IR receiver are RCA DVD player codes. You should be able to program any universal remote to use these codes.
Alternate Installation with Mythbuntu Control Center
Using the lircd.conf file from above Create a directory using
sudo mkdir /usr/share/lirc/remotes/xbox
copy the lircd.conf from above, make the lircd.conf.xbox file and paste the contents into the new file.
sudo nano /usr/share/lirc/remotes/xbox/lircd.conf.xbox
Run Mythbuntu control centre (found in Applications->System) to set the infrared device with the following options:
* Remote: Custom * Driver: (Leave Blank) * Module(s): lirc_atiusb lirc_dev * Configuration: lircd.conf.xbox * Device: /dev/lirc0
Once this is applied, it will generate all your lirc stuff from it. This is very good for mythbuntu because it helps with propagating the remote mapping to all of the remote enabled apps (mplayer, totem, etc).
The not all buttons are mapped and you can add them by editing the file "~/.lirc/mythtv"
Using this example format
begin remote = Xbox_Remote prog = mythtv button = back config = ] repeat = 0 delay = 0 end begin remote = Xbox_Remote prog = irexec button = title config = xset -display :0 dpms force off repeat = 0 delay = 0 end
Credit goes to drockhead in the Mythbuntu forum 
- Note, I followed the above Mythbuntu steps and had issues with lirc. The problem was that LIRCD was not enabled.
Check that lircd is running
ps ax | grep lirc
If you don't see /usr/sbin/lircd --device=/dev/lirc0 or something similar you'll need to enable LIRCD.
sudo nano /etc/lirc/hardware.conf
Find START_LIRCD and set it to "true"