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Master Geek


Topic # 96832 4-Feb-2012 15:03 Send private message

Hey GZ'ers

I have xbmc live installed on my pc and just bought a Phillips SRM7500 remote. There is no IR receiver on the pc but I have plugged in the USB RF Dongle to the PC. The LED on the dongle does not light up when it is plugged in.

Is anyone able to offer me any assistance in getting this going? I am a Linux Noob but can follow directions well. I am using Putty to run commands on the XBMC PC from my Win7 PC. 

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Ultimate Geek
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  Reply # 577268 4-Feb-2012 17:04 Send private message

Have you tried reinstalling LIRC? I assume the USB FR dongle came with the remote? e.g. they are a matching pair.

I've found remote support in XBMCLive to be a bit flakey, reruning LIRC normally does the trick. Should just need to choose Mircrosoft MCE options.



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Master Geek


  Reply # 577292 4-Feb-2012 17:40 Send private message

PANiCnz: Have you tried reinstalling LIRC? I assume the USB FR dongle came with the remote? e.g. they are a matching pair.

I've found remote support in XBMCLive to be a bit flakey, reruning LIRC normally does the trick. Should just need to choose Mircrosoft MCE options.


You assumed right. The dongle came with the remote. The dongle receives signals via radio frequencies rather than infrared. I found linux driver packages for the SRM7500 but do not know how to install them on linux.

The package is on Sourceforge  http://sourceforge.net/projects/srm7500-linux/

Using putty, what commands would I have to enter to reinstall lirc? I tried sudo apt-get but got a message back saying lirc was already installed. How do I get lirc to receive commands from the USB dongle?



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Master Geek


  Reply # 577392 5-Feb-2012 02:14 Send private message

The dongle is seen by the kernel

mediapc@XBMCLive:/etc/lirc$ lsusb
Bus 005 Device 003: ID 046d:c52b Logitech, Inc.
Bus 005 Device 002: ID 0471:0617 Philips IEEE802.15.4 RF Dongle
Bus 005 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 004 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 003 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
mediapc@XBMCLive:/etc/lirc$

here is the package I downloaded

mediapc@XBMCLive:~$ ls
lirc-0.8.6-srm7500libusb-3 Music scripts Videos
lirc-0.8.6-srm7500libusb-3.tar.bz2 Pictures TV Shows

And this is what is inside the tarball

mediapc@XBMCLive:~/lirc-0.8.6-srm7500libusb-3$ ls
acinclude.m4 config.sub depcomp missing setup-driver.sh
ANNOUNCE configure.ac doc mkinstalldirs setup.sh
AUTHORS contrib drivers NEWS stamp-h.in
ChangeLog COPYING INSTALL py-compile TODO
compile daemons install-sh README tools
config.guess _ darcs ltmain.sh remotes
config.h.in data2setup.sh Makefile.am setup.data

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  Reply # 577643 5-Feb-2012 19:43 Send private message

Try sudo apt-get remove lirc and then reinstall it. When installing lirc there is a wizard that ask you to select your remote and IR dongle.

If that doesn't work try posting on the XBMC forums.

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