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    Check out our knowledge base: https://flirc.zendesk.com/hc/en-us
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    Hi All, I've been contemplating how best to make sure users don't buy Flirc is it doesn't suit their needs, equally encouraging them to buy it if it does. To this end I think it would be a great idea to involve the great community here on the forums so you can chime in with your pro's and cons. Ideally i'm trying to make it easy to skim through and read so request we all use the same basic template: Giving something to easily read through. Note: This isn't a requests, support or questions thread - please start a new thread for these. Any posts will be moved out by Myself, Jason or Digitalb0y Pleasant regards, Chris
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    First off I just want to say that I really enjoy using my flirc, thanks for making such a great product! That said, I really think this should be the default behavior of the wake command (to also put the computer to sleep when pressed) but that may not be possible so here is my solution. Sorry this is so long but that's only because it goes step by step by step. :) Obtain the beta firmware and utility. Current ones as of this writing available After you extract the zip you might need to move the firmware file to the same folder the flirc_util.exe file is in. Open a command prompt and navigate to the folder flirc_util.exe is in. If you have already set up your remote buttons then you should back up your flirc's config, Type flirc_util saveconfig myConfig Then to upgrade the firmware type flirc_util upgrade fw_255.9.bin You can then reload your config flirc_util loadconfig myConfig.fcfg You can now record a button to wake up your computer when it is sleeping. If the button you want to use is already mapped to something you will have to clear it first with flirc_util delete and press the button on your remote that needs to be cleared. Then record the wake command flirc_util record wake and press the button on your remote you want. To make the flirc able to wake the computer type flirc_util suspend_detect enable (there are still bugs and error messages when this is enabled but you can mostly ignore them.) Save your flirc config again now flirc_util saveconfig myConfigWake At this point you should have a remote that will wake your computer from sleep. Its always good to test things so go ahead and try it out! So now that that works we need a way to put your computer to sleep. Eskro has made a great guide on how to do that with a system call shortcut. But we need to put these two together somehow. So instead of a shortcut to a system call we will make a shortcut to a .bat file that will make the system call and other various things. Before you go any further you should move the flirc_util.exe and your myConfigWake.fcfg somewhere more organized. Mine are at C:\HTPC\Flirc. In this folder create a new txt file and name it Sleep.bat Right click on the Sleep.bat and click edit then paste this into it and save it. cd c:\HTPC\Flirc flirc_util loadconfig myConfigWake.fcfg flirc_util suspend_detect enable rundll32 powrprof.dll,SetSuspendState So there is a little bit more in there then just the sleep command but it will soon be clear why. Next we need a way to run this bat file. In Eskro's thread some people suggested creating a shortcut in your startmenu or on the desktop that has a shortcut key. That worked fine for me until I started XBMC and then it wouldn't work any more so I made an AutoHotKey script for it instead and haven't had any more problems. So go download AutoHotKey and install it. Make another txt file and name it Sleep.ahk. Right click on Sleep.ahk and click edit then paste this into it, save it, close it, and double click it to run it. ^!s::Run C:\HTPC\Flirc\Sleep.bat Also we need to make a shortcut of Sleep.ahk and put that in the startup folder in the startmenu. The ^!s in the AHK script means ctrl-alt-s. You can make this anything you want, just make it something you are not using already. We need to setup flirc now to make one of the buttons on your remote press ctrl-alt-s or whatever you made it to be. Actually we're not going to make just any button do that, we need to make the same button that wakes up your computer to press those keys. So back to the command prompt! Type: cd c:\HTPC\Flirc flirc_util delete flirc_util record_api 5 22 flirc_util saveconfig myConfigSleep If you are not using ctrl-alt-s then you will need to give the record_api command different arguments to reflect your hotkey. You can type flirc_util record_api help for the syntax and you can look up the list of HID codes starting on page 53 of this pdf file. We need to make one more .bat file that will be run by windows Task Scheduler when windows is coming out of sleep mode. Create a new .txt file and name it setFlircSleep.bat. Right click setFlircSleep.bat and click edit and paste this code into it and save it. cd c:\HTPC\Flirc flirc_util suspend_detect disable flirc_util loadconfig myConfigSleep.fcfg Now hit start and in the search bar type Event Viewer (yes Event Viewer, not Task Scheduler.) On the left side expand Windows Logs and click on System. You should have some recent events from when you were testing your wake button with a source listed as "Power-Troubleshooter" and an Event ID of "1". Right click on one of them and click Attatch Task To This Event. Click Next, Next, Next, then click browse and find your setFlircSleep.bat file. One last thing to do is to make a shortcut to setFlircSleep.bat and put that in the startup folder in the startmenu. This is to ensure that in the off chance that your computer loses power while it's sleeping, the remote will still be able to put the computer back to sleep when it turns back on. The final contents of my c:\HTPC\Flirc folder are: flirc_util.exe Sleep.ahk myConfigSleep.fcfg myConfigWake.fcfg setFlircSleep.bat Sleep.bat and both Sleep.ahk and setFlircSleep.bat have shortcuts in the startup folder. And thats it! Congratulations on setting up sleep/wake on the same button with your flirc! note: The use of the flirc_util suspend_detect enable and disable commands may be unnecessary with future firmware. They definitely help at the moment but it still might not work every time. I only tested this on Windows 7 64bit but it should work fine on other versions. Also I consider this solution a super messy hack (reprogramming the whole flirc config twice every cycle lol) and I hope this functionality will eventually be supported in the main application but its working fine for me and I'm happy with it.
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    How to prepare your Harmony Remote before Mapping it with FLIRC? Hi guys, best thing to do is add a one of these 2 TV profiles to your Harmony remote, example either a Panasonic TC-P65VT30 or SAMSUNG LN46C650L1F!! And of course, dont choose the same TV brand you own. i tested both of these TV profile and they work %100!! No repeat key issues and if you hold down left or right arrow, it'll scroll fast!! then using the HARMONY desktop software or MyHarmony.com just make sure to not leave buttons un'asssigned on your chosen TV profile becuz if u do, those un'assigned buttons wont be map'able using FLIRC's GUI! So dont go crazy here, the point is simply to assign actions to buttons on your remote,, which action it is and on which buttons its assigned FLIRC doesnt care! Like i said, your official map'ing will be done using FLIRC's GUI anyways! and also, make sure to not assign the same action twice here!! So use different actions for each buttons! this will prevent the famous 'Button already exists' error from showing up when you'll configure your harmony using FLIRC's GUI! Happy Mapping!! :)
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    farewell, but point is, just add a profile of a device you dont have in your HTPC setup, and as the author JASON suggested, i too, strongly suggest you add a TV profile, example either a Panasonic TC-P65VT30 or SAMSUNG LN46C650L1F!! i tested both of these TV profile and they work %100!! No repeat key issues and if you hold down left or right arrow, it'll scroll fast!! then using the HARMONY software or MyHarmony.com just make sure to not leave buttons un'asssigned on which ever profile you use becuz if u do, those un'assigned buttons wont be map'able using FLIRC's GUI! So dont go crazy here, the point is simply to assign actions to buttons on your remote,, which action it is and on which buttons its assigned FLIRC doesnt care! Like i said, your official map'ing will be done using FLIRC's GUI anyways! and also, make sure to not assign the same action twice here!! So use different actions for each buttons! this will prevent the famous 'Button already exists' error from showing up when you'll configure your harmony using FLIRC's GUI! give it a shoti! :)
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    Here we go... See attached file for: Windows 7 + XBMC + FLIRC + Harmony 650. I open XBMC when I log into my media account, no password on that since it has no permission rights except read to media folders. Shut down XBMC when I leave or let the laptop sleep. XBMC Keyboard FLIRC.rtf
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    Let me start out by saying my problem only occurs with a specific remote code which I am trying to use to get more buttons working. Flirc works quite well when I used any other code with my BellTV remote and my fallback is to simply reload a previously saved configuration. However, I would like to get more keys working. Specifically, I want to get all the PVR (DVR) keys to work on this remote. It's similar, if not identical, to Dish remotes. I am using FW1.0 with GUI0.96. The issues also occur with the recent Release Candidates including 1.0.0.3 release hours ago. I'm trying to use the remote code as described but get the issues as mentioned in the subject line when trying to record buttons. Here is a very simple demonstration using the command line: C:\>flirc_util.exe format Formatting Device, please wait... Done! C:\>flirc_util.exe record 1 Press any button on the remote to link it with '1' Error: button already exists It's appears to be random how many buttons I can record before I get that error message. If I try again, I'll be able to record the button. After this, however, the buttons will not be mapped correctly. Pressing 9 will send a 7, for example. I've uploaded the config file from this particular example session. Flashing to new/old firmware and erasing/formating the configuration hasn't helped. I have a second flirc and it exhibits similar behaviour with this remote code. Doug flirc.fcfg
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    It's exactly the same feeling. Right now, with the Harmony, if I quickly press, say 6 times the right button, after I have lifted my finger the last time I still see on screen three right button events. Wheres with the Hauppauge RC5 remote, with each key configured twice which doesn't allow me to use all the keys due to lack of space, if I do the same, press six times the right button, when I lift my finger the last time, nearly at the same time (I think it is less than 50ms) the sixth right button event completes on screen. The lag is there and it is noticeable. Sigh. I'm not unhappy with Flirc, on the contrary, I love it, but I still lack a complete solution. I'll get in contact with Jason then. Thanks for the support. By the way, I tried the MCE profile and the problem remains. I'm beginning to think that pretty much everybody here is having these delays, only they don't know it can behave much better.
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    I know what you mean with project butter - you don't notice it until you have it and look back. I think I understand better what you mean now regarding flirc. Progress on newer versions of Flirc isn't as quick due to Jason being the main developer (as you mentioned), however if you are really unhappy with Flirc get in contact with Jason and i'm sure he'll sort something out - he wants you to be happy with flirc.
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    I will try using an MCE profile and report back. Indeed, you can´t change that setting on the Harmony 300i. I can´t say it doesn´t work. It does, but after having used a remote which is buttery smooth, you do notice the difference, like going from a 2.x to a JellyBean (4.1) Android ROM. I like the Harmony but unless I can make it work as smooth as the remote bundled with the tuner, I know I won´t use it. Concerning Jason´s post describing how Flirc is coded, I know in LIRC you can configure the gap between button presses. Once configured you don´t have this sort of problem. That is, it is something which has already been done within LIRC; it can be adjusted to work reliably with quite different remotes. I´d love to help him getting it right, but the code within Flirc´s firmware is closed, so only he can do it.
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    At the moment Flirc uses a "best fit" approach for detected when the user holds down the button or presses it quickly. I embedded a response from Jason describing it some more: //forum.flirc.tv/index.php?/topic/220-better-support-for-multipleheld-down-keypresses/ Another thing to investigate would be using myharmony.com to program the remote as an MCE remote, something like: Manufacturer: Microsoft Device: MCE Keyboard Though the gap between packets sent by the harmony may be a setting set my logitech and Hauppauge decided to go for something different (even if they both emit the same packets). In more expensive harmony remotes inter key delay can be changed but I don't think it can in the cheaper ones (unfortunately). Sorry if I made you buy a harmony 300 unnecessarily, I have a harmony 300 and find it great (I use the panasonic profile), whilst the scrolling isn't absolutely perfect it's better than my TV and other devices I have so i'm happy with my flirc.
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    I have finally bought a Harmony 300 but I can't get it to work smoothly with Flirc. With my other remote from a Hauppauge DVB tuner card, I have to program twice each button, but afterwards it is silky smooth. With the Harmony 300, OTOH, using the SAMSUNG LN46C650L1F profile, since my TV is a Panasonic, there is too much delay between key presses. Reducing Flirc's interkey_delay helps a little bit but not enough. Using a Sony KDL-55HX855 profile the behavior is slightly different. The delay between key presses is shorter, smoother, but there is another noticeable delay before every key press. The result is that you notice a delay between the instant you press a button and the instant the action is executed on screen. Since the Hauppauge remote (which uses the RC5 protocol), after programming each key twice, is silky smooth, I tried using its profile on the Harmony. I used the IR receiver on the bottom of the Harmony to copy the IR codes of the Hauppauge remote. Then I configured Flirc with this new profile, also programming each key twice, but there's still a noticeable delay before each key press. I have also tried playing with Flirc's sensitivity and interkey_delay options but there was not improvement. I wonder if there is any way to get the same silky smooth response I get with the Hauppauge remote (with RC5 protocol), after programming twice each button, with the Harmony 300? Otherwise it will be another botched purchase.
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    Changed to use the Samsung profile (had been avoiding it as I have other Samsung stuff) and this seemed to fix up my double-pressing problems with the FLIRC and the Harmony One. I used the default key delay (which is 0ms, so nice and responsive) Thanks for the advice !
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    How odd, can you check to see if multiple buttons aren't mapped to the map function in the harmony software (and therefore the remote) Chris!
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    I followed your guide exactly and used the Panasonic profile, but I have more repeat key issues than I had on my generic MCE IR. Any tips on getting this working like yours? :). Btw, I'm also using a 650, and I dropped the 2 delay types for the Panasonic device to 0. Thanks..
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    I figured it out. When I initially programmed it I did it under the tv instead of programming it when I was in the activity.
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    Welcome to the forums, You should be able to program Flirc to recognise the buttons on your remote (programmed as a panosonic device) then it will work. Unless that wasn't what you were asking - if not can you try explaining it in a different way? Cheers Chris!
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    Im having some trouble getting things setup maybe you guys could help. I have a Harmony one. I added the Panasonic tv as suggested. Now when I go to my activity of watch movies I cant control XBMC but if I choose devices and choose the Panasonic it works. How do I get it to control when in the activity. Thanks for any help.
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    I'll admit that whilst I could read it RFT is really a Mac text editor thing (as far as i'm concerned) Here it is in PDF XBMC Keyboard FLIRC.pdf
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    Here's my setup with a Harmony 650. Nothing noticable after a few days: ... Tried to post in a nice format... didn't come out. How do I add an attachment here (want to add a table - RTF, doc, or xls)
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    I'll go first :) Remote being used Harmony 300 Pros + Easy to set up + I'm able to control way more functions of XBMC with it. + Great signal reception Cons - Repeat rate isn't as smooth as possible, i.e. when a key is held down for an extended amount of time sometimes it will go too far. There is a request for this to be tweaked () Overall I think Flirc is great - very happy with my purchase. Way better than the other receivers I tried (including HP receiver for MCE remotes).
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    I ran into the same problem today with my new 2nd-Gen FireTV. I just came up with a solution. I connected my Media Center Keyboard to the FireTV and discovered that the media center home key returned to the Home Screen. I then tried mapping the Home Key from the Windows media template in the Flirc app. That didn't work for me. After further experimentation, here's my solution: From the Flirc app, select 'Full Keyboard' from the controllers menu. Select combination of Left-windows key, left-alt-key, and Enter key (illustrated in attached image) and record as usual to a button on your remote. No idea why it wouldn't accept the Home button from the media center presets, as I believe it just sends the keys I specified above.
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    It was a beautiful Saturday afternoon when I received my Flirc. I mention this because on this beautiful day I decided to start drinking and I must admit I was feeling pretty good. Let’s just say I would have had a very hard time walking a straight line. So once I got my Flirc I figured I would give it a try. In the back of my mind I'm thinking if this gets to be too involved I'll just put it down till I'm sober. I swear that all I did was to plug it in, start the app, punch the buttons on my remote and that was it! Seriously - if a 60 year old intoxicated man can set this thing up that easy it’s got to be 100%. Every now and then (very rare) I stumble across something that exceeds all my expectations and then some, and this Flirc is it. All I can say is Fantastic!!!!
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    Hi, I'm trying to find some information on how to set up apple remote style long press handling. For example if I press "up" once on remote then it means Up, but if I hold "up" on remote it means Volume up. To be honest I'm getting frustrated from your forum based documentation. I've read through many forum threads and some blog posts but in the end I usually find out that those threads are outdated. My current impression now is that at first long press was supported by custom beta firmwares which are now outdated (and no longer available) by official beta release of gui which contains latest firmware. If this idea is correct (I'm not even sure about it) it means current gui should record long press from apple remote out of the box, by automaticaly uploading new firmware first. However it doesn't work for me. When I tried to solve it, I noticed a button for forcing firmware update which told me if I want to replace current 1.0 by new 2.0. Although I didn't understand why it didn't updated the firmware automaticaly, I agreed so I think I now have the latest firmware, but that doesn't help. Current gui behavior is that the key is recorded imadiately after I press anything on a remote. I noticed another setting in advanced gui menu - Inter-key delay. Does it somehow relate to long presses? Because I've read some threads that mentioned that long press could be mistaken with fast consecutive presses which is pretty bad because I don't want my walking through some list being mistaken for volume up (using the example I've given in the begining). So although I know what I want I don't even know how this feature works or how it's supposed to work. After hours spent reading a forum threads I give up. Is there any up to date info about how to set up long press detection and how does it actually work? Can somebody explain this topic to me?
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    I just want to express my positive feedback on the Flirc SE (Streacom Edition), wow it just works! After reading the posts of Jason (his follow up in cases there are bugs in a release) I was very confident about the product and bought it this weekend. After adding my Xbox one remote I am now a very happy user / customer. So thanks and keep up the good work! Regards, Mark
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    This was the easiest to use out of the box experience of any product I have ever purchased. I opened it and plugged it into my Windows 8.1 system. Went to the web site, downloaded and ran the software. When it finished installing, I browsed through the various controllers, choose the Windows Media Center, selected several buttons and pressed the same button on my remote. After configuring about 8 different buttons, I unplugged it from my system and plugged it into my new RASPLEX box and booted. As soon as the RASPLEX came up to the main screen the remote was working. Start to finish, less than 10 minutes. I wish all products worked this well straight out of the box. Can't wait to see what you guys come up with next. Have already shown this to about 8 of my friends and 2 are ordering theirs today. Will keep an eye on your website for new products. Thanks, Keith P.S. I tried it today just for the heck of it on my Windows 8 system and was able to control Windows Media Center, Plex App, and the Metro interface with the same remote I was using for my TV. What a cool product!
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    Hello to every one, this "how to" guide is writen for people who are new both to flirc and XBMC, and to all who want to personalize their flirc/xbmc expirince. I would like to thank Jason for flirc an all of his hard work on it, to jhsrennie for his Keymapedit and to Chris! for his help with this guide. Keep up the good work guys! I am just an end user like you guys - so I don't know how all of this things work, but i know they work - that is important. INTRO XBMC can be personalized to the smallest detail - keyboard also. You can program flirc as minimal remote, xbmc remote or keyboard - I use the latter (keyboard) as it will give you most flexibility and you can "unlock secret xbmc treasures" this way. On XBMC wiki you will find "full list" of built in keyboard controls for xbmc. ABOUT ADDITIONAL FUNCTIONS IN XBMC I use uni remote, like many remotes (for me) it has a design flaw, media contol keys are all the way down, so you need to move your hand when moving from navigation keys to ff/rev and pause (when you are watching your favorite TVshow and you want to ff intro). I have my remote setup that way that when in full screen video my left/right navigation keys are used as ff/rev keys, my up/down keys are used for direct subtitle +/- offset and OK button is used for pause. My power button will put XBMC to sleep - without need to go through power menu and so on. For me this is the ultimate - because there are so many thing that you can do by just pressing one button on your keyboard, the beauty of this combination is that you can assign any key on your remote to any key on your keyboard. For example: you can send update library command when in main menu - if you have recently added video enabled in your skin, you can go directly to latest movie/tvshow episode from recently added menu, without need to search them in library - if you have lots of movies or tv shows with many seasons you know this is great. You can go directly to video/music/settings window and so on One of my favorites is running scripts with key press - I only use it to run "Cinema expirience" normally you have to go to movie info and select CE "button" to run it, if you have lets say F2 key assigned to run script you can run it directly from your library https://lh5.googleus...xcpoc_EfaKlu3sQ HOW TO - IN A FEW EASY STEPS First locate your "\XBMC\userdata\keymaps\" folder - its position will depend on OS you are running your XBMC on, the folder will be empty - latter on will put keyboard.xml there IMPORTANT: all keys that you put in this file will override default behaviour of your keyboard keys, so be careful what key you chose (use link to wiki to chose keys that have no function assigned in XBMC). 1. METHOD OF CHOICE There are two ways of doing this that I know of: 1. manually make kayboard.xml - you will need to know functions of xbmc + html - PLS DO NOT ASK ME ABOUT THIS METHOD - haven't got a clue 2. Use KeyMapEdit - it is only for Windows though - you Linux guys can run some vitual machine to set it up or something - maybe there is a linux version i don't know 2. USING KEYMAPEDIT Using this little program is pretty easy - apart from the fact that there are so many functions You have to things that need your attencion: a) append section B) append key a) append section - will not add commands but make a "sub section" so you can assign same key to diferent function when in diferent menu/window of XBMC -like my full screen video left key is rew in full screen video, but if i call OSD it is again left. B) append key is where you actually assign letters to function. You will need to explore and try some thingS on your own, there are so many functions that there is no point for me to try explain all of them. It is simple - chose key on your keyboard - chose what you want it to do NOTE: some buttons (in my experience) will not work well when you try to assign double functions to them so it my be needed to change some default buttons to max out your setup, for example I have assigned leter "J" to be my select buton - if I leave "enter" it will not work properly for pause in full screen video. 3.USING YOUR NEW SETTINGS Save your config file as keyboard.xml and put it in \XBMC\userdata\keymaps\. NOTE: you need to restart your xbmc to pick up your keyboard.xml as it will only serch for this file and load it on start. You can add /delete keys at will, no need to make new file every time. TIP: Make your self shortcut to your \XBMC\userdata\keymaps\ and put it in documents map as Keymapedit will not remeber path to file when restarted - so you will be able to navigate to keyboard.xml easily. If you have any questions please be free to ask them, we will try to help you in any way we can.
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    Hi all- I'm trying to record just the Windows button- just the basic press of the Windows key (between Ctrl+Alt)... It doesn't seem to be listed in the command line record options and the GUI seems to only want me to be able to use it for shortcuts like Windows+R, etc... What am I missing?
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    Same problems here. Was working fine until yesterday evening. I was working on programming a Harmony then adding buttons to flirc, when it started disconnecting at every key press. It will say transfer error and immediately crash the gui. When I do get it to stay open, I can't erase a particular button. Have tried downgrading, upgrading, clearing config, loading config, can't seem to get it to work like it did for the past week. All of us with this same problem can't be experiencing a bad usb port, that would be too much of a coincidence. Maybe it's a government conspiracy. Are there certing commands using the flirc_util to completely clear and start over? How do I know if I'm using the correct gui with the correct firmware? I have no idea. I loaded the latest rc.4 so my gui says version 1.0 and firmware says 255.12 What has happened to our flircs? Has the internal hardware fried? Did this on a win7 laptop and my win7 htpc, same connecting/disconnecting and transfer errors.
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    I bet it's a physical block. You might be able to get around it if you know how to crimp a network cable. Make sure you have an RJ-11 end for your network cable to replace Unplug your network cable cut the end off unwind the "twisted pairs" Find the one with a white stripe Peel it back, away from the others Place all of the other cables back into the new RJ-11 prong Crimp that end down Plug it back in White = RCA video. Removing that connection will allow you to circumvent any firewall setting saved in your NIC chipset that is related to video. Since your monitor and the PC are still able to communicate, your video will display and, of course, audio will not have been affected because your sound card has no firewall.
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    If you are familiar with running Command Line, "fdisk /mbr" should have nearly the same effect.
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    Hi All, Thought i'd let you know that Jason is concerned about the "sticky key" effect sometimes observed (e.g. when a key on the remote is pressed multiple times in quick succession resulting in a lot more scrolling than anticipated). This is due to the way Flirc currently implements how it receives a signal, Jason explains it beautifully below: As you can see there are significant variables in there: As you can imagine and appreciate it will take a lot of Jason's work and (personal free) time, so your patience is appreciated - rest assured it's on his list, at the earliest after wake is perfected. Pleasant regards Chris
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    **** EDIT **** Hey guys, Jason here. Be sure to check out the bottom of this post for additional information that I made *************** **** DOUBLE EDIT **** Official Amazon firetv support added to the latest release candidate. It's very stable, and will probably go public: Is now in the stable firmware ********************************* Using Flirc with Amazon's fireTV. After finding bits and pieces of helpful info in various threads, I thought it might be helpful to start a new thread that combines what I've learned with a place for others to share their experiences. First, you wouldn't be here if you weren't frustrated with fireTV's Bluetooth remote control. The fact that they omitted an IR path to remote control is a major omission for AV enthusiasts who have labored to combine control of all their devices into one remote control. Enter Flirc. This little device is amazing. By using the Flirc and its software, it basically take whatever IR command your remote sends it and uses it as a trigger to send out whatever command you associated with it. For example: You could program it to send an Up command whenever you push the "1" button on your remote. Or you could program it to send a play command whenever you push the guide button on your remote. Of course it makes much more sense to program remote bottons that correspond to the actual command desired, but Flirc doesn't care! I’m using a Windows 8.1 desktop machine. I have no knowledge or access to a Mac or Linux. I have a URC MX980 remote. When I added a device for fireTV, I told the remote that it was a Panasonic DVD player and assigned commands from the Panasonic Remote to my MX980's keys. It really makes no difference what device you assign as long as your remote sends an IR signal when the desired key is pressed. Those signals become the trigger signals for Flirc. As it turned out, whenever I pressed up, down, left, or right, I got double key pushes on the fireTV. I tried changing the inter-key delay from the Flirc GUI - File > Advanced, but that didn’t help. So I assigned the arrow keys from an Apple TV remote to my MX980 and that fixed the problem. So far I have almost everything working. Obviously, the voice command feature isn’t a player. I still haven’t found a Home Key in the Flirc GUI that performs the Home function of the fireTV remote. The best that I have been able to do is a back command. From what I can tell, the play button alternates between play and pause. Separate pause and stop commands don’t work. I haven’t been able to test the skip+ and skip- commands so the jury is still out. Programming the menu key requires use of the windows command line program. There seems to be some confusion in the forums about reference to the command line app. It is not part of Flirc or the Flirc GUI, but part of windows. Now my level of knowledge pales in comparison to many of the members here, but this is what I was able to decipher. I found this page to help me learn about the command line commands: http://www.pcstats.com/articleview.cfm?articleid=1723&page=2 As I mentioned, the command line program cmd.exe Is part of Windows. You can get to it and number of ways depending on your version of Windows. Use it to navigate to: C:\Program Files (x86)\Flirc for 64 bit OS or C:\Program Files\Flirc for 32 bit OS then type: flirc_util.exe record_api 0 101 It will then ask you to point the remote and press the button you want mapped just like the GUI. Once you do that it will tell you that you were successful. Here is how I mapped my remote to the Flirc commands. The Controllers column refers to the Controllers menu in the Flirc GUI. There are several choices there and you will need 3 of them to duplicate what I have done. I don’t know if there is a difference between similar keys in the Media Center and Media Keys layouts. I did not take the time to test it. Maybe someone can post that info if they know. If they are the same, it would simplify things. Thanks to the other members who’s posts led me down this path to success If I missed something or made a typo, pls feel free to correct it! **** EDIT **** Hey guys, it's Jason hijacking Tony's post. The select button marked as 'enter' above which is in the GUI, is actually not correct. It must be 'return'. Do this with the commandline: flirc_util record return Just a heads up that I'm going to make life so much easier, I'm going to update the GUI with an official FireTV window. Hopefully I can do this by the weekend. Attached an image. ****************
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    I've got the other system up and running @Montas suggested and I've reproduced it. I'm furiously trying to find a remedy and won't stop until I do.
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    Kevin, might need to run the command prompt as an administrator. Not to worry, still very much working on it. I appreciate the help and feedback
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    Or do this http://forum.flirc.tv/index.php?/topic/1167-flirc-will-not-upgrade-firmware/?hl=libusb#entry7311 https://flirc.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/200712548-Using-the-ZADIG-Utility
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    Feel free to put any material in it for your help center, as that's where I got all the info to begin with. :) My blog post 1) Setup your Harmony Remote Add a new device in your Harmony setup. The brand is FLIRC, and the model is XBMC Edit your PS4 activity to use the FLIRC device to control your PS4 Go to the assign button menu, select "PS4", click on the MENU button, and assign it as "INFO" in the FLIRC device. (more info) https://flirc.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/201676079-Harmony-Remote-Control 2) Setup the FLIRC device Download the FLIRC GUI Install the GUI first, before plugging device into your PC Start the FLIRC setup program Plug in your FLIRC dongle Align the Harmony infrared hub to the FLIRC dongle From the pull down menu, select "CONTROLLER", then choose "keyboard" (more info) https://flirc.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/202923419-Controllers-in-the-Flirc-GUI At this point, assign Harmony buttons to the keyboard keys 3) Assigning Harmony Buttons On the FLIRC setup program, click on the Enter key on the keyboard Hit the OK button on the Harmony remote Program should respond by saying "button learned" Now the OK button is assigned! Repeat for all other keyboard keys that are used by the playstation. Here's a list: In the PS4 interface Action Keyboard Key Harmony Key Back Esc Exit Dual Shock 4 Options button F3 Yellow DS4 Share button Prt Sc/SysRq Record Back to inserted disk menu Pause/Break Menu Back Backspace Return Enter Enter OK Up Up arrow Up Left Left arrow Left Right Right arrow Right Down Down arrow Down In-movie controls Action Keyboard Key Harmony Key Pause/On-screen display Esc Exit on-screen display F1 Red Blu-ray pop-up menu F2 Green Disc options/Netflix Pagedown F3 Yellow, Channel - Netflix Pageup F4 Blue, Channel + Pause/On-screen display Backspace Return Bring up BD pop-up menu Up arrow Up Close BD pop-up menu Down arrow Down Moving in menus Right/left arrow Right/Left Enter Enter OK (more info) https://flirc.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/203167509-Setting-up-Flirc-with-PS4 4) Assign the Pause/Break button Notice that the Pause/Break button is crossed out, that's because the GUI interface doesn't include that button for some reason. You'll need to assign that button through the command line interface: Exit the FLIRC setup program (a must) Access command line mode on your PC (select Accessories from the Start Menu and select Command Line, or run a command called "CMD") Go to directory where FLIRC is installed (usually /Program Files/FLIRC) ** when typing the first command, include the double quotes cd "program files" cd flirc Run the following command: flirc_util record pause Hit the Menu button on the Harmony remote 5) Connect the FLIRC dongle to PS4 The dongle too wide to fit the front slot on the PS4, you can: Remove the clear casing by prying it open with a small flat screwdriver so it'll fit Run an USB extension cable from the back Most of you probably know this but to turn off your PS4, hit the Menu button to get back to the main menu, then hit up to select the PS4's sub menu, and the power options is on the far right. That's it! Finally we have one remote to rule them all (except for starting the PS4)
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    Still having problems here on 3.1 final. upgraded from 3.0 last night with 1.2.8 firmware. 30 minutes or so and nonwake up. WIN install no provlems. android matricom mx2 has issues. Swap dongles and problem stays and remains clear on other. Ps: and side note, regardless of issues, jason and crew -thanks for the product and subsequent work. Cant do without it even with a glitch or two. :)
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    Hello, I've just installed Flirc and, apart from the fact that I was using a remote that sucked, it seems to be working fine. Problem though, is that I'm missing quite a few buttons for MediaCenter, for example the button to go to the main menu of MCE and the right-click mouse button, which one uses quite often in MCE. Also there's no record-button. I may be wrong, but to me these three buttons (I can think of a few more, but that's for later) seem to me to be quite essential for use of MCE. Would most appreciate it if these could be added to the software (or, if they are there and I somehow missed them, could someone tell me how to find them?) Thanks.
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    I'm at work at the moment so can't offer a detailed reply and I've got the same setup as yourself. I also have a Harmony One and a Flirc. I don't use the preconfigured profile. But even so using a Flirc can greatly simplify setting things up, in my experience the Harmony setup is the most convoluted complicated program I've ever had to use. My strategy is this: Firstly print off a list of the keyboard commands that can be used to control xbmc. Secondly decide which key you want mapped to each button on the Harmony, eg x for stop, e for guide, whatever suits your needs. Then in the Harmony setup, add a remote, doesn't really matter which one, I used the Samsung TV profile that is recommended in the forums somewhere. Rename it XBMC or something. Assign the keys to all the Harmony keys, add and rename keys for any touch screen commands you want to send. Then record onto the Flirc. I've found this method essentially goes you the most flexibility as it's like having a keyboard to control your HTPC, but in a remote control package. At home I have a table with all my key assignments on it, I'll try and post it over the weekend. Hope that helps show a slightly different way of accomplishing things, which I feel gives a greater degree of flexibility, I think Jason and Chris do great work but I do think a very simple solution would be to create a Harmony Profile that just has all the keyboard keys recorded for people to then assign as they see fit to whatever application they choose.
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    Got my Flirc in the mail today that I picked up on the BF sale. Had some initial difficulty getting the software installed but after about 15 minutes the device was connected and I updated to the rc6 software. Then I proceeded to install the Samsung profile because that was the first forum post I stumbled across. After a bit more searching I found out about the Flirc/XBMC profile for my Harmony 650 and all seems to be working well. I just wanted to say hello to everyone in the community. I'll probably be back with more questions and look for further info on tweaking my setup. So far I'm very happy to have Flirc!
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    Any progress on this one? Love to add some extra functions :)
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    Hi, Got my Flirc Yesterday – Really pleased with the speedy delivery! Have been reading but still little unclear so hoping someone can point me in the right directions to get my remote working efficiency. Apologies in advance for all the questions.. My setup is as follows: Harmony One Remote Acer Revo running Windows 7 XBMC Frodo 12 Samsung TV Onkyo Amp Harmony Software: New Device added: Panasonic TC-P65VT30 All buttons assigned to a function Remote updated Flirc Software XBMC Keyboard selected New keys learned see exceptions below Any suggestions what i should be assigning 1,2 & 3 as marked out. 4: I assigned to Exit (I find pressing this goes back to the main screen, this is ok) 5: Assigned to back arrow (I find pressing this takes me back to the main menu, and not one level back) Also 1: I found the remote to be very Laggy, I found this, hoping it will work - will try this evening. Any thoughts? Harmony Configuration to reduce lag: Power on delay: 8000 Inter-key delay: 0 Input delay: 500 Inter-device delay: 500 2: I have been reading this: http://forum.xbmc.org/showthread.php?tid=95063&pid=732922#pid732922 not sure how this will help me? or can it with my setup with the XBMC controller? 3: How can i start & close XBMC? 4: Should i be looking to do more that will make my flirc experience better and easier? Looking forward to some advise.. :-)
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    It should work fine as long as the imon receiver isn't enabled and picking up the signals instead. The easiest way to test whether it's either the remote or the imon receiver it to point the remote at a camera and try pressing some buttons. If the remote is working you should see the IR transmitters 'flash/flicker'.
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    Hello, I am having an issue with Flirc/Plex with using an on-screen keyboard. When I try to pull up, say Apple Trailers" in the Video Channels selection and go to search it comes up with an on-screen keyboard when this is displayed none of the arrow keys work and neither does the enter button. The only keys that work are the number keys and the back key (to get off of the on-screen keyboard). Everything else in Plex/Flirc is working great and always has been, this has been my last hurdle. Does anyone have any suggestions? Remote - Harmony One Flirc Programming - Full Keyboard
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    Hi, I'd like to program all my FLIRC's with the same setup. Does the file save and load automatically program the connected FLIRC, or is there a more obvious way to program the device? P.
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    Remote being used Harmony One with TV Profile Samsung LN46C650L1F Pros + Config stored on the Flirc itself. No config should be needed on the respective PC/Mac. + Can be used with any remote (a programmable remote as Harmony etc is not needed but still an option) + Great signal reception Cons - It's advertised that ALL keyboard keys should work but this is not true with current firmware v1. For example are the standard Media Keys not supported (Jason has issued beta firmware for this but it is not yet working ) - If used together with a programmable remote (as Logitech Harmony) it's not very easy to find the most suitable remote profile to use for the Flirc commands. Although recommendations of TV Profiles and additional mappings of the remote keys are available in the forum. - The config GUI needs some more work to be more user friendly (the third party Windows tool Flirc Utilities solves some of the current weaknesses). Overall I believe all current weaknesses are known by the developer and work is done solving most of them. Looking forward to next stable firmware release and the new GUI.
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    flirc 0.98 software, firmware v1, osx Lion, Harmony One. I'm using the full keyboard to control plex and a music app. I keep running into this problem: 1. Map a bunch of keys and save the config file somewhere. 2. Try them out, looks good except for one or two 3. Map the missing one or two and re-save the config file. 4. Try them out, works great except for a DIFFERENT one or two. I have chased this around several times and have yet to figure out a pattern. I have maybe 20 keys mapped. It's as if there is some max number of keys and some keep falling off the bottom of the list. Not much pattern to the forgotten keys... all directional buttons, select, g, k, \, and ' have bee n in the mix if memory serves. I have always been able to fix them only to discover some other ones disappeared. Any ideas? my_flirc_config.fcfg.tar