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Thought I'd just let anyone out there thinking of using Flirc with an HTPC, XBMC and a Vizio Via Apps TV that it works great. My particular model is the XVT373SV (http://www.amazon.com/VIZIO-XVT373SV-37-Inch-Internet-Application/dp/B003GDFJTU). Remote works great with Flirc right out of the box without any additional programming but I did some extra ones for some needed functions. There are only some keys you can program:

Rewind/Fast Forward

Stop, Play, Pause

Up/Down/Left/Right/OK(Enter)

Menu

Last

No other buttons respond to Flirc though likely this can be altered or changed by someone with more experience that I

I am using it thus:

Rewind: Windows Key. With Windows 8, this allows the Metro screen to pop back up, which allows me to use the up/down/left/right to navigate Metro

Fast Forward: Launch XBMC with a programmed Windows shortcut key: Ctrl-Alt-M

Stop/Play/Pause: Works immediately with no programming with WMP, XBMC, and VLC

Up/Down: In addition to navigation in XBMC and Windows without having to program it, when playing a movie, Up/Down will move between chapters. If there are no chapters, 10 minute intervals.

Left/Right: In addition to navigation in XBMC and Windows without having to program it, when playing a movie, Left/Right will go back/forward in 30 second intervals in XBMC.

Menu: Exit XBMC (if on XBMC home screen). When navigating folders/files, it will jump to the bottom for quick access to moving between directories.

Last: Jump to home screen in XBMC.

Thinking of testing the key repeat function in the beta firmware. Tried to load the FW for wake from sleep but it failed the upload and the Flirc app crashed. Had to re-load FW 1.0 to get it working again.

Another odd quirk. If you program the remote to respond on a particular input on your Vizio TV with XBMC, such as HDMI-1, it will not work on any other port. Let's say you move your XBMC to HDMI-2: the remote no longer responds or sends the proper commands. Tried wiping the config on Flirc and re-loading FW but no dice. My guess is that something on the remote has to be reset before it'll push to that other input for XBMC but I just moved it back to the other port as my goal was to make it easy. I can attach my config if anyone needs it or wants it. Otherwise, just here for info for other potential XBMC users who are trying to decide if the Vizio line of TVs is going to work for them. I can state that I am able to access everything I need with one remote with ease.

I use a tiny touchpad/QWERTY keyboard for navigating and using other Windows functions such as Firefox or Handbrake but for movies and such via XBMC, the default remote from Vizio, works flawlessly with Flirc.

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Hi daov2a, welcome to the forums.

Sorry my reply was later than other threads but I thought I would use a computer to respond and try and help a bit more as a result.

Thanks so much for posting about your remote (for other users of different remotes reading this thread please post your experiences too). Your information is greatly appreciated.

As I understand it, this remote is part i/r and part bluetooth? Is the slide out keyboard the only bluetooth bit or do you suspect the buttons you can't program with flirc are bluetooth too?

Tried to load the FW for wake from sleep but it failed the upload and the Flirc app crashed. Had to re-load FW 1.0 to get it working again.

Which beta did you try? Did you try loading it again after FW 1.0 fixed it?

Another odd quirk. If you program the remote to respond on a particular input on your Vizio TV with XBMC, such as HDMI-1, it will not work on any other port. Let's say you move your XBMC to HDMI-2: the remote no longer responds or sends the proper commands. Tried wiping the config on Flirc and re-loading FW but no dice. My guess is that something on the remote has to be reset before it'll push to that other input for XBMC but I just moved it back to the other port as my goal was to make it easy.

I'm not sure I understand (my TV is really old). You can restrict certain buttons to certain inputs (e.g. TV guide button could only work with the HDMI that a cable box is plugged into - and not the HDMI that a blu-ray player is?)

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Yes, the remote is part BT and IR. The keys I can't program, which is mainly the QWERTY slider, seem to be BT only as well. Various other keys seem to be locked to other functions for the TV itself and/or are BT. Honestly, I have not investigated it too far. I wanted it to work in a certain capacity and didn't press it further so I have no real idea about the key mapping/underlying structure of the remote. I'm just thrilled that I could buy Flirc for $20 and it allowed one remote to rule them all!!

Pretty much what I did was open the Flirc GUI and started pressing keys to see what can be programmed and the mentioned keys are the only ones that responded. Honesty, again, I was so happy that those keys worked, I left it at that. Posted here so others could know as well.

I tired FW Beta WfSv6. I have been meaning to try it again but just haven't. And the only reason I tried it was because the controls were locked to that input, which I did not realize until I moved my HTPC back to the original input!

Yes, this TV allows certain controls to lock to a particular input, which I was aware of to a degree but didn't realize the Flirc controls would get locked.

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