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  1. Sorry, I could be missing something here, but this solution doesn't work, for a simple reason: it means you can't have 'Watch my videos' or 'Listen to music' in your activities (and thus the single-hit macro buttons at the top of the 650). That's because the truly dreadful Harmony software won't set up an activity unless you've defined a suitable device. So when I try to define 'Watch my videos', it doesn't want to use a television remote control as the device; instead it prompts you to select or define an device that can play DVDs.

    Has no one else experienced this? Or am I the only person who uses the macros?

    Regards to all, and thanks to Jason for a terrific product!


    You may have to experiment to get the right kind of "activity." For Listen to Music, tell it you want to use the cable/satellite music channels. The software realizes that this task can be done with a TV, because the music channels may be accessible directly through it. Use Watch TV instead of Watch My Videos.

  2. I don't know if this is feasible because he would have to get a certain number of units produced. You may have to do it yourself with a front panel header, by taking the actual ports out and installing the Flirc in the slot.

    I may try it myself someday. The eSATA port on my panel looks like it's wide enough, but the height will need some expanding. It will take some experimenting to see how far in it can go while still picking up signals from the remote.

  3. If this is a remote made specifically for a certain TV, it seems logical to me that they wouldn't provide codes for other TVs.

    I would consider getting a different remote. Yours is probably designed to preserve any buttons that don't need remapping when in a different device mode, like the volume, so that you can switch to a different device and still use those functions. Incidentally, a more recent TV's remote probably would provide codes for the colored buttons in a BD player mode, as that format uses them for various functions (anything the disc author wants them to do, but bookmarking is the most common use).

    If you get a Harmony remote, you'll be able to customize buttons to a great degree. If you don't want to spend much, there are some models without screens that are inexpensive.

  4. Yeah, I see, but adding it to Flirc's GUI would just involve writing another program like that, or creating the shortcut for you in the background. It doesn't seem necessary when he's got enough on his plate as it is, like the beta firmware versions, creating a user-readable config, and adding more keys to the GUI. I'd like to see the number pad added at some point.

  5. I don't know, but I tried out WMC to check this and it's kind of flaky on whether it accepts the command from the real keyboard or not. Nothing happens about 1 once every 3 tries.

    According to Aqua's KeyTest, there's nothing flaky about the keyboard, and when sending the command through the remote to Flirc, both keys appear to be pressed at the same time and will stay held down as I hold down the remote button. I was wondering if it had something to do with WMC wanting Ctrl to be held down longer or something.

    EDIT: this doesn't seem to be a Flirc issue, per se. It turns out that WMC doesn't recognize simultaneous keypresses, at least for these commands. I can get the keyboard to skip forward every time if I do it like this: press and hold Ctrl, then press F, then release F (before releasing Ctrl). I think Flirc is sending both keys simultaneously and that's why it doesn't work.

  6. Hi, I've been playing with this a bit, using the Panasonic TV as a device. Has anyone else noticed that it sends a power toggle rather than a power on or off? It seems like that's happening for me.

    For anyone else doing this, I recommend using a spreadsheet to keep track of your changes as you program it, because it can get confusing. I made one with 5 columns:

    1. The actual button on the Harmony remote

    2. The command sent to the nonexistent Panasonic or Samsung TV, or a device you have

    3. The command executed by Flirc or other device

    4. The result of the command, as in, what is accomplished by the button press

    5. Whether the command is the default for the software or not, and what the default was if it's not (helps keep track of changes I may have to make)

    In column 3 for instance, many of the entries will be keyboard keys "pressed" by Flirc, but things like volume and mute target the receiver and are labeled as such.

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