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  1. Well, I just received new Flirc USB dongle and can now answer my own questions. First, the old version of the software (3.20.4) I had installed on Windows 7 could not "see" the new dongle. Moreover, Windows 7 tried to find a driver for the new dongle when I inserted it. I knew that could not be right from what I've read here. It suggested that I needed to install the most current version (3.25.4) of the GUI. I installed 3.25.4 on Windows 7, started the GUI, and inserted the new dongle. The GUI continued to indicate that it was "not connected", but after a couple seconds, it alerted me that there was a new version of the firmware available. Thinking I had nothing to lose, I elected to install it. Installation was quick and painless. When the firmware upgrade was complete, the GUI indicated it was connected to the new dongle. So, I elected to load the working configuration file I had saved from the old dongle using 3.20.4. When I did that, the GUI indicated "data restored" (or something like that). I saved the resulting configuration. I just tested the new dongle and it works exactly like the old one. Just what I was hoping for. So the answers to my questions are 1) old versions of the GUI do not appear compatible with new versions of the dongle, but 2) configuration files from an old version of the GUI are recognized by the new version of the GUI and can be loaded into a new dongle with upgraded firmware. My experiment was pretty simple, and there could be situations in which an old configuration file is not compatible with the new GUI. To the extent that's true, I was lucky. I'm posting this in case it might be helpful to others.
  2. Hello, I realize this is an old thread, but I see you've gotten no responses and I have a similar question, which I posted here. I have a suggestion that relates to what I'm going to try myself, and I'll share it with you if you're still around. Thanks!
  3. Hello, I've been using a Flirc to control my Kodi/RPi setup for about 3 years. It works great. Once I set it up, I've not had any difficulties at all. I used v3.20.4 of the GUI to set it up. I now have a second Kodi/RPi setup and I want to set up another Flirc dongle with exactly the same configuration. To do so, I plan to buy a new Flirc from the store here. When I receive it, I will start the Flirc 3.20.4, plug in the new dongle, and load the saved working configuration from the old dongle. Is that going to work? I ask because I'm running an old version of the GUI and I'm also likely running an old version of the dongle itself. If I need to upgrade software, hardware or do anything else to accomplish my task, please advise. Edited to add: I fired up 3.20.4 on my Windows 7 PC and connected my Flirc. I observed that it was running firmware version 4.4.2. I don't know and can't figure out what firmware version ships with a new Flirc dongle. Not sure if that helps, but I guess it means my question translates to this: "Can a configuration running under firmware version 4.4.2 be loaded into a new Flirc dongle using GUI software version 3.20.4? I realize I could start from scratch and configure a new dongle, but that seems like a lot of extra work. Thanks very much for any help.
  4. I'll jump in here and stand corrected by one of the experts if necessary. You're in the wrong directory when you issue the Flirc commands when using flirc_util.exe. Make sure you run flirc_util from the directory in which is resides. In your case, it looks like that is C\Program Files (x86)\Flirc. Thus, if you want to run a "keys" command, then type, without the quotes, "flirc_util.exe keys" from the prompt C\Program Files (x86)\Flirc. You're trying to run the command from C:\Users\Clive. That's not where flirc_util.exe resides. I'm a noob myself. I just figured out how to run this utility.
  5. Thanks yawor. I found flirc_util in the Program Files folder just as you suggested. I should have looked there! I'll look around at some of the other threads on how to use it. I forgot exactly what message I got from the setup program, but I'll check again, keeping what you said in mind. I was initially a bit confused and I may have actually tried to record the same button twice. Thanks for the hint on Kodi kdy bindings as well. I looked around the keyboard controls and missed the period and comma.
  6. Hi all, I recently bought a Flirc and am using it to control Kodi running on a Windows 7 laptop/docking station connected to my TV/AVR setup. My plans are to migrate eventually from the laptop/docking station to a Raspberry Pi. I'm using an RCRP05B remote running extender 1.05 and have chosen a Samsung TV upgrade that uses the NECx2 protocol to control the Flirc. So far, I'm happy with the Flirc, but I did have a couple questions for the collective. First, I'd really like to be able to view my configuration. I've forgotten how I've mapped some of my keys. I see that Yawor has alluded to flirc_util, but I can't seem to find such a program anywhere. Any help with that? Second, I've tried to map the same function to different remote keys and the FLIRC setup program won't let me do that. Here's the background: Kodi uses the arrow keys on the keyboard for navigation unless you're watching a video; e.g., a recorded TV program. In that case, the right and left arrow keys skip forward or backward, commands that are commonly used to skip commercials. Most remotes have separate buttons for navigation and transport; e.g., skip forward/backward. I'd like to allow my wife to control Kodi exactly as she controls our dish receiver when watching a recorded TV program through Kodi; i.e., using the same buttons for navigation and skipping. My initial thought was to program the left and right arrow keys to both the left and right arrow keys on my remote and the skip forward/back keys on the remote, but, as I said, the Flirc setup program won't let me do that. Any thoughts would be appreciated. Anyway, I'm pleased with the Flirc and look forward to using it with Kodi. Thanks.
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