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  1. On 2/12/2017 at 8:52 AM, ixian said:

    The basics of how it all works, just in case:

    Start with the Harmony config since this seems to be tripping you up. You only need to pick one device for your Shield profile, and (ironically enough) you don't want to pick "Shield TV" WITH the Harmony since that profile is for models that have IR (or WiFi/BT if you have the Harmony hub) and you don't want that since you are using a FLIRC. Just pick something that has a lot of buttons available (for flexibility) and won't interfere with any other devices you have. A lot of us here us the ViewTV AT-163 profile. Pick it and name it whatever you want, like "Shield TV" :)

    Now your Harmony is programmed to send IR signals for all (or at least most) of it's buttons. *It doesn't matter what those signals are* as long as they are each unique and don't accidentally trigger other equipment (which is why the AT-163 is a good choice....unless of course you have one :) ). All that matters is that when you press a button, a unique IR command is blasted out. The FLIRC will do the rest. 

    Now, the FLIRC. The FLIRC dongle takes those discreet IR signals and translates them to commands the Shield TV understands. When you program the FLIRC via its application and assign IR commands to buttons you want to make sure you use the Shield layout first, for the basics, because Jason updated the software with the correct commands the Shield needs. Specifically, the "ok" button now functions correctly cross-app. So choose that profile and manually (don't click "Go" and have it do it automatically, that will map some commands you want for Kodi later twice) click each button, then press the corresponding button on your Harmony remote to map it. Basically, the 4 directions, the "ok" button, the back button, and the home button. Pick the buttons on your Harmony you want to do those functions (should be obvious) and have at it.

    Once you've done that, bring up the Kodi layout. Now you can program buttons for things like Play, Pause, ff/rw, etc. 

    If you want even more control, skip the Kodi layout and use the full keyboard layout instead. Pull up (or print) this page for reference: http://kodi.wiki/view/Keyboard_controls . That's a complete list of keyboard shortcuts for Kodi. You can assign buttons to whatever keys on the keyboard you want. Don't forget that with most Harmony's you can also create custom buttons if you want to map advanced stuff, like for subtitles. Again, it doesn't matter what IR commands are assigned to the Harmony for each button, as long as it is discreet! The FLIRC is going to take whatever IR signal you sent it and translate that to the correct keyboard command. 

    Doing this will give you:

    Basic Shield remote functionality across all applications (except voice control, since there's no mic on the Harmony.)

    Advanced keymap control for apps that support full keyboard commands - like Kodi.

    Get it?


    On 5/7/2017 at 11:57 AM, ArmoredDragon said:

    In case anybody is interested, I have figured out how to turn off the Shield TV with Harmony 650+Flirc (or more precisely, put the Shield TV to sleep.) Yes, I'm THAT OCD about keeping my power bill down (not to mention keeping my house cooler in Phoenix summers.)

    What you'll want to do is tell your Harmony that in fact you do want to control the power of your Shield TV, and then set the Flirc to recognize your profile's power off button. Different profiles have different defaults in this regard, and I know people use different ones, so I'm just going to tell you how I configured mine:

    1. I used DanVM's instructions (found here), only I used Flirc XBMC profile (when I chose it, MyHarmony called it Flirc Kodi) as my beginning template and renamed it to Shield TV.

    2. In the MyHarmony application, Under Devices > Change Device Settings > Power Settings > Next > I want to turn off this device when not in use. > I press the same button for on and for off > Next > +Add Command > Under the dropdown menu, select PowerOff > Leave everything else default and click Finish

    3. Open the Flirc application > Controllers > Media Keys > click the power icon button.

    4. On your Harmony remote's LCD screen buttons, go to Devices > Shield TV (or whatever you named it) > Power Off. (If your flirc application says 'Recorded Successfully', then it worked, even if it suspended your PC.)

    Done! Connect your Flirc to your Shield TV and your harmony remote should turn it off as expected.


    Ideally, somebody could pester logitech (I don't know how to contact them) to add a Flirc + Shield TV profile that effectively does everything I mentioned above.


    Here are some things that I wish we could have but probably can't ever have:

    - Universal 8 second back / 30 second forward buttons that don't bring up the playbar overlay

    - Universal subtitle toggle button (for those moments when you're not quite sure what the person is saying)

    - A way to use voice search without having to reach for the Shield TV stick remote

    (By universal, I mean works on every app)


    One can only dream, I suppose. Nonetheless, this works really well, and I have to say that the Shield TV is the best STB I've ever owned (you really can have it all with this thing; netflix, amazon, youtube, plex, kodi, hbo, Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD, emulators, all on a very speedy UI) and Flirc makes it even better.

    Any way we could get a sticky setup for both of these?  I used the instructions here (https://flirc.gitbooks.io/flirc-instructions/content/universal-remote-controls/logitech-harmony-remote-controls/nvidia-shield-tv.html) and still was left with missing functions.  I combed through this entire forum topic and using these two forum posts allowed all the buttons to function on Kodi and from the Nvidia Shield TV Android interface along with powering off my device when turning it off (with the second post).  Anyone still having problems. these two solved all my issues.

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  2. 12 hours ago, yawor said:

    I don't think there was ever a codec info key in the built-in Harmony profiles. I don't see it in either a 1st nor 2nd gen.

    Can you save a configuration from 1st gen and attach it here? Maybe you've recorded the codec info key yourself and you've forgotten about it.

    You can fix it yourself. Just plug your 2nd gen Flirc to your PC or Mac, fire up the Flirc GUI and select full keyboard controller in the controllers menu. Then press key O (as in Olive, not zero) on the virtual keyboard and when asked to press a button on the remote, press the button you on Harmony you use to invoke codec info.

    I might have programmed it and forgot I did it since I did have a Flirc codec item in harmony software with my 1st gen Flirc.  I did the steps you suggested which fixed the issue.  Thank you. 

  3. I recently upgraded to the generation two of Flirc on my LibreElec media center.  I am using a Harmony Elite remote control and using the Media Center PC, Flirc, Kodi profile for my Harmony remote and the codec worked with my previous Flirc and I believe it worked with Gen 2 Flirc also when I installed it.  For some reason the Codec key doesn't do anything now when pressing it.  I verified the key was setup correctly in the Harmony software and it is using Codec info from the Flirc device pressing that button.  I am not sure why the Codec stopped working and what to do to fix it since the Flirc should be all configured out of the box.   If anyone has any suggestions getting this work again it would be appreciated.  Thank you.

  4. Shouldn't have to do that. If you are experiencing that, is it only after you are pressing buttons with your remote that you get this endless repeat?

    But I am experiencing the same thing, on only one TV in my house, so I don't think it is the Flirc that is the problem.  This TV has also had problems with directv receivers with the remote not working, and solution was to cover the IR receiver on the directv with tape.

  5. Before you change anything, can you send me your configuration? I've got to get to the bottom of this.



    I'm afraid I'm now suffering from the endless repeat problem too. I have a Harmony 785 remote and Flirc with bootloader v2.0 and firmware 2.5. The Flirc is connected directly to front USB port of Intel NUC (model D54250WYKH). Everything worked fine with an old laptop and old Flirc firmware, but now I'm getting frequently into endless repeat loop until I unplug the flirc. Sometimes it recovers if I hammer the keys on the remote, but then goes haywire again. Doesn't seem to matter if it's shaded by the cabinet or not.




     What type of TV are using with your HTPC? I have two flircs that do the endless keypresses that are hooked to a Samsung 52B750, but neither of the flircs have the problem on a Panasonic 60VT60 or a Samung 46B8500.  I would try this, when the endless keypresses happen, grab a blanket large enough to cover the screen of the TV and see if they stop.  If the blanket resolves the issue then the problem is IR interference from the screen.  The only suggestion I can think of is to cover the flirc completely with masking tape (scotch tape didn't work for me).

  6. @AudioBeast, what type of TV do you have?  I have a Samsung 52B750, which I have discovered has IR interference.  I have two Flircs that have the same issue after a couple of minutes of using the Flircs start doing endless key presses, and the only thing I can do is unplug the Flirc to get it to stop.  I have plugged the same Flirc into a HTPC that is attached to a Samsung 46B8500 and the problem doesn't occur.  With the 52B750 I have plugged the Flirc into a Openelec machine(Acer AspireRevo AR1600-U910H) and a Raspberry pi using Raspbmc and both have the same issue connected to this TV.  I will note, I have not discovered a solution with the device plugged into the 52B750.

  7. I just received my flirc controllers today, and it seems to be working well but I have an issue and I am not sure how to address this(or it is possible). On the normal XBMC remote the number keys will act like the letters(kind of like a telephone hit 2 key three time will type a letter 'c') I am not sure how to do this with the keyboard, because when you hit the number 2 it doesn't type 'a'. How you type a letter 'a' you need to hit shift 'a' on the keyboard(example music, to navigate a long menu with a lot of artists). To translate letter presses you would need 26 characters on your remote to be able to configure every letter. I am not sure how to configure so the number keys will act like the number keys on the normal xbmc remote. Thank you.

  8. Well, I was all set to write such a thing, but I'm still having trouble with wake using Flirc with XBMCbuntu. I got suspend working correctly from the command line and I can wake it by enabling wakeup on the proper USB bus, but whenever I plug a Flirc into a port on that bus, the machine wakes immediately after I suspend it. Jason is working on another approach for sleep/wake on Linux machines, so as soon as a version of Flirc firware is available that behaves as expected, I'll document everything I've tried so far.

    Thanks for the update.

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