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  1. Kieran

    Using XBox One console as the remote

    Ha... I guess I'll be on my own here. Should be interesting. There are many remote codes to choose from for the XB1 to emulate. The htpc is labelled as a "media center PC" in the xb1 setup, but then you have to enter a remote code. Not sure there... Any tips on how to trial and error this? Thanks...
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    Windows 10 Driver Problems

    Sorry for resurrecting an old thread, however I thought this was sort of related: I recently (few months ago) upgraded my MS Surface Pro 3 to Win10. I also have another SP3 that came with Win10 installed by MS. I also have a Windows7 nano-pc (amd fusion e350 apu based nettop) on which I run Kodi and WMC, which is where I primarily use my FLIRC. Recently, I tried to program the FLIRC on one of my surfaces (don't recall which one). I installed the FLIRC software/gui on the surface and plugged the flirc into it. I was able to program it normally. However, when I then plugged the flirc back into the Win7 htpc box to use as I normally do, it wouldn't work. The solution was to load the FLIRC gui software onto the Win7 htpc box, program it there, and then it worked fine. I know that in the past I had programmed the flirc on the Surface when it was running Win8.1. So something changed with Win10. I've got a decent work-around here, so I'm not complaining or requesting a fix, but I thought this might be a good FYI for you.
  3. Kieran

    Using XBox One console as the remote

    To clarify: the main crux of this idea is basically using the XBox One console itself as the remote control. This is possible because of two things: the XBox One has a built-in IR repeater/blaster (of sorts). This is how it controls other devices in your home system. The XB1 can turn on your TV set the correct input, turn your your AV receiver, set the correct input, etc. It can also control (and display output from) your cable box..... That last part is the other key. The XB1 has an HDMI *input* that is intended to accept cable tuner boxes. However people have plugged in all sorts of devices to that port, from Kodi/xbmc boxes, to chrome sticks, to Amazon Fire TV sticks. The problem that often arises here is the ability to control the secondary device via the xb1 controller. The xb1 controller is a bluetooth controller. When used to control a connected cable box, the bluetooth commands from the controller are translated by the xb1 to IR commands and blasted out to the cable box. So what I'm thinking is that the FLIRC, connected to a PC (e.g. a Kodi box) could translate xb1 IR blasted controller commands to keyboard keys for the PC. Knowing what I do about FLIRC (not a whole lot) this will involve picking an appropriate "brand/model" for the "cable box" that the xb1 thinks it's connected to. If anyone has any suggestions on what cable box brand to use that'd be great.
  4. In searching for a way to get Kodi running on my XBox One, I ran across this site: https://kinkeadtech.com/xbox-one-xbmc-kodi-live-tv-oneguide-integration/ I have not had a chance to play around with this yet. However the author uses Eventghost and a MCE IR dongle. That combination is what FLIRC makes unnecessary. Much of the author's guide is dedicated to getting that combination to work correctly with the XBone. I'm wondering if anyone here has played around with this sort of a setup using FLIRC, and gotten it to work. I may try to find some time this week to play with this, but am pretty busy for the next several weeks. This looks very promising though! EDIT changed title/subject K.
  5. Kieran

    GUI is messed up on 4k high dpi displays.

    I'm having this same issue. Did you ever work out a solution? This is happening to me on a Surface Pro 3. Thanks...
  6. Jason - any updates on this issue? While Jackstraw's work-around is great, I'm really trying to minimize the amount of customization and 3rd party apps I install on my W7 nettop (other than W7 and XBMC). It would be great if this were built-in to the FLIRC firmware. Thanks Jason for all your work, and thanks Jackstraw78 for the workaround!
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    flirc

    I just found I haven't read every detail but I think it may contain the solution.
  8. Kieran

    flirc

    I'm in a similar scenario. Win7 nettop with XBMC as the primary app. I exit XBMC and use 7MC for live TV (premium channels), and I use XBMC for everything else (including LiveTV... although still working on that) Anyway, I'm not sure how I'll set this up on the Harmony remote, which up to now (before adding Live TV & thus 7MC to the mix) I've had working fine using Eskro's recommended way of setting up Harmony remotes. I'm also not even sure how to map 7MC commands to the FLIRC. 7MC uses key-combinations for almost everything ctrl+this ctrl+that. Very few single key presses. Any help/advice?
  9. Kieran

    How to turn off the flirc

    Why can't you just put XBMC into standby, or exit the XBMC application, or sleep the XBMC machine?
  10. Kieran

    Recommended Harmony device

    It's just that when setting up "activities" for the harmony remote, things go a lot more smoothly if the device type is actually similar to the actual functionality of the device. For example, if I set up an activity for watching XBMC media with a Panasonic TV as the device type, the software wants to know what input the Panasonic TV needs to be on to do this. My xbmc box has no inputs of course... so I have to assign it some input and then remember to not assign that function to anything important for the actual xbmc box. Ideally, there should be a generic XBMC device in the Harmony database. Short of that, it would be nice if someone had the time to find a media center device already in the database that worked well. If I ever had the time I'd do it, but I don't.... :P
  11. Kieran

    Recommended Harmony device

    Why is it that a TV is recommended? Why not a DVD player or some other media-player like device?
  12. Kieran

    [XBOX dvd remote] button won't program

    Sorry for going dark on y'all. I'll try to check out the suggestions soon. I'm thinking it's a microsoft thing, too. The other problem with this remote is that it won't work from more than a few feet away, can't figure out why. It has brand new batteries in it. I don't have any other remote around right now to try. I moved recently and can't find my Harmony!!!! :(
  13. Kieran

    Controllers for FLIRC's GUI

    The pre-made controllers just make it easy for those that don't want to go look up what each key on the keyboard does. I think having both is good. The controller is a good starting point, then if you want to customize it, switch over to the keyboard and have at it.
  14. I have a couple buttons (on my original Xbox dvd remote) that just won't take a programmed function. For example. The pause button works as the keyboard's "space" key. (confirmed with notepad) Since pressing play also pauses the media (and plays it again) I'd like to use the pause button for something else (namely "O" for on screen info in xbmc) but it just won't take it. Even though the flirc GUI says the button was successfully programmed, when I exit and go try it out, the pause button is still stuck as the "spacebar" key on a keyboard. Also, my "title" and "info" keys on my remote also won't work, even though the GUI says they were successfully programmed (so the flirc must have received a signal.) But when I use them (in xbmc or in notepad) they don't do anything. Any ideas?
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