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FLIRC USB 2: Unable to map "p" (Play) and space (Pause) keys for KODI


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Hello everyone, I'm the owner of a new FLIRC USB 2.

I installed the Flirc software v3.25.3 on my Raspberry Pie OS (current version on Raspberry Pi 4 4GB)\u00a0using the following command specified at https://flirc.tv/ubuntu-software-installation-guide:

curl apt.flirc.tv/install.sh | sudo bash

The software is not very responsive at all, but it was able to\u00a0offer\u00a0me the chance to upgrade the firmware, which I did; it now states Firmware v4.9.3.

I searched the forums and found one possible cause may be that I use a UK keyboard layout. I went into File >\u00a0\u00a0Advanced Setting and unchecked all the options under Builtin Profiles.

The UI was marginally more responsive after this, but even with no interaction the status image in the bottom-right corner keeps switching back and forth between CONNECTED and DISCONNECTED. This is the case with both the USB 2 and USB 3 ports.

So, I selected Controllers > Kodi, and began the process of mapping each of the keys. This took over one hour and a few restarts to bring the app back to life; after each key is mapped, I switched to a text editor and was able to confirm the mapping by pressing the remote control button and observing the character appear or cursor move up/down/left/right.

However, I have not been able to map the Play and Pause mappings. I am using a Sky+ box remote control and thought maybe the receiver couldn't read the signal, so I tried using volume up button (successfully mapped previously and tested in text editor), but no luck.

I checked on Bing and found that for Kodi, Play corresponds to "p", and Pause to space on the keyboard. So I thought I'd attempt the mapping for "p" and space using the Controllers > Full Keyboard in the app. Unfortunately, this too was unsuccessful.

Have you seen anything like this before?
I don't see how it can be down to the UK keyboard layout since the alphabet characters are in the same configuration as the US keyboard layout?

Any help would be greatly appreciated as I would prefer not to have to return the device.

Many thanks,

I also note in the Device Log there are quite a few occurrences of "ERROR: Incompatible Device. Flirc Gen1 Not supported"

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