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Openelec on Pi with Apple silver remote


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I had all sorts of issues with this combo initially. Major lag in the menu's button pushes not being recognised, menus would freeze for 10-15 seconds etc. We were coming off a Mac Mini 2011 running XBMC under OSX so the issues were very noticable. The XBMC Remote android app had none of these issues (when used in parallel). Content was coming from a NAS over gigabit LAN that has no speed issues (read speed can continuously stream over 50MB/s, often much higher in tests writing to an SSD). My Missus and kids hated it.


My Flirc had firmware 1.6, the apple remote was new, Openelec was the latest at v 3.2.4. The setup was the quick setup for a minimalist remote.


I tried overclocking my Pi (up to 950MHz) but that had no effect, neither did a faster SD card.


I then updated the flirc firmware to 2.3 , wiped the config and re-programmed based on the full keyboard controls for XBMC and the problems have largely gone now. The menu traversal is much faster and more stable (although still not as quick as the Mac Mini or the xbmc remote app but now the kids have stopped complaining). The minimalist remote setup is not quite enough for the apple remote, the ability to map the spacebar to the play/pause button gives back the funcitonality I was used to.


Perhaps there could be a "Minimalist plus" quick config specifically for the apple remote that includes the extra button? It is a quick, cheap and robust remote perfectly suited to day to day operations of XBMC.


Now I just need to stop my Samsung TV recognising it as an Anynet+/HDMI-CEC device and it will all be fine. (Samsung remote takes over and gets it wrong). It has to be in XBMC somewhere, just need to find it.


Hope this helps someone.




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Well, I'm on the latest firmware, latest version of Flirc, and I cannot get it to work with OpenElec on Raspberry Pi B+ - no reaction on the Pi. 


AND there is still no button setup for the Apple silver remote with the extra button. 


Do you know this is 2014? That XBMC recognises keyboard presses by heart - if I add an IR-receiver to the Pi?

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