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Problems with a month old FLIRC

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I bought the FLIRC from "the_pi_hut" on Ebay and since day one I have one and the same problem.

 

Problem: the FLIRC repeats the command given in quick succession after initial command. An example: I press the key that has assigned backwards-key, KODI reacts normally and then, half a second later, repeats the key-press in a fast succession until it's in the main menu.

The OpenELEC KODI is running on the ASUS Chromebox

 

Although I have not been using it extensively on the computer, it has yet to do the same in the windows explorer. I would have to install KODI onto my computer and test it extensively, but I was hoping someone here maybe had an idea what could be causing that.

 

Is my FLIRC broken?

Is it the incompatibility between FLIRC and KODI/ASUS combo? (I must say it never happened with the keyboard on the KODI/ASUS combo)

 

And btw. I tried two remotes, both were working perfectly with my old media player and my old receiver.

 

Many thanks.

Kosta

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Since there was not a single answer to this thread, I'll post again, now with some findings.

 

I found out that if I cover my Panasonic Plasma TV with a blanket, the function is pretty much correct (I could see shadows from underneath the blanket). I did not test for extensive periods of time due to heat-dissipation problems through the blanket (TV gets hot quite quickly when covered), but the on and off tests have shown clear differences in behavior, for instance:

- key-repeating is working well when TV is covered, it's NOT when the blanket is off

- no ghost repeats when TV is covered

- no problems with the FLIRC in my computer-room, KODI running off W7

 

So it's not ASUS/KODI-Combo, and I am starting to wonder why is the TV making FLIRC go bananas? Any ideas from the makers please? Or does this help ascertain if the unit is defective?

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Sorry for the lack of reply.

 

Does your TV have 3D functionality? 

 

In this guide it mentions key repeat rate. As your repeat rate is fine when the TV is covered, can you try the "noise canceler" option and see if that helps.

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Hi Chris,

 

No problem. If I turn the noise canceler on, every 2nd keypress is skipped, like in I have to press each key twice to get Kodi to react once.

And no, my TV has no 3D. It is an older Panasonic Plasma-TV, some 6 years old, with a glossy bezel. I don't know if I'll be able to determine if it's the bezel, the IR-receiver or the panel itself though...

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No problem. If I turn the noise canceler on, every 2nd keypress is skipped, like in I have to press each key twice to get Kodi to react once.

In an earlier post you mentioned that you have tried multiple remote. What remote did you use to test it yesterday?

Was it by chance a MCE, microsoft or XBOX remote?

 

We might be able to solve the every 2nd button press not working, try out this and let us know how it goes

 

Really sorry your Flirc set up isn't going smoothly, this isn't how it's meant to go.

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Currently I have and am going to keep the XBOX remote.

 

The remotes I tried were a remote from my old Denon DVD-player, Onkyo-Receiver, QNAP Media-Player 1000P, two media-player remotes from Amazon (Arctic MCR2 and some CSL media center remote) and the XBOX remote. Since ALL acted absolutely the same, I decided to go with the one I liked the best - XBOX remote.

 

Oh, and I found out that it's not the bezel or the screen, but it's indeed the IR-receiver from the TV. It's really good (the receiver), as covering the TV from the front doesn't break the signal. The whole front and back of the TV, where the IR-receiver resides has to be well covered, to break the TV-remote signal. Only then FLIRC is working flawlessly, no self-repeating and normal scrolling is possible.

 

I read the link you gave me, could you please explain it a little bit better, you say: When you record the button, "up", record that button again. If I press record again, it gives me a windows with "redo". What should I do from here?

 

But are there chances that FLIRC is broken or is this simply a one in a thousand compatibility issue? And would it possibly be solvable through the firmware update?

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The article I linked to you to is a problem that is hard to fix by updating the flirc.

Basically, MCE/XBOX/Microsoft remotes alternate between 2 different "signals" when you press the same button.

 

So the solution in the support article aims to capture both signals. You may have to do this a few times for it to work.

If "redo" window comes up then flirc has already recorded that signal. Keep trying to record then it should pick up the other signal, it will say "recorded sucessfully".

This needs to be done for all keys.

 

 

 

But are there chances that FLIRC is broken or is this simply a one in a thousand compatibility issue? And would it possibly be solvable through the firmware update?

The "every second key press doesn't work" issue doesn't usually indicate that Flirc is broken - it's a quirky feature of some older designs of remote.

The issues with the IR receiver on the TV are strange and are outside my knowledge (I just try and troubleshoot common issues), Contact Jason on this link and see if he has an ideas as he is more knowledgeable than I: 

http://flirc.tv/contact

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I will retry programming it the way you suggested, but just something to add, which kinda defeats the theory:

I had the FLIRC running with QNAP-1000P remote, and this one had shown the same behavior with the noise canceler on (every 2nd key...). The theory would be that the QNAP remote has the same two-signal-operation...

 

Anyway, will try it, otherwise will contact Jason. Thanks!

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I can tell you that your tips did not work. I cannot assign the same button twice to the same function. I tried about 20 times to cancel when asked and then tried to assign again. Each time redo pops up, and then I tried many times redo, and still no go. The button is always twice-press-for-one-function if noise canceler is on.

 

I guess I'll contact Jason...

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