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# 28912 16-Dec-2008 07:55
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Hey - just wondering if many of you successfully use a logitech harmony remote with your htpc setup. I'm thinking of getting but not sure how compatible they are with MCE remote functions.

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  # 184441 16-Dec-2008 08:09
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Should work fine. The Harmony can not only learn all the functions of other remotes but I suspect for the MCE remote the codes are already in the Harmony database.

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  # 184445 16-Dec-2008 08:52
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I use a Harmony 1000 to run my HTPC (MediaPortal).  Both the Hauppage and MCE codes are already in the harmony database.  You may have to look in PVR area rather than just HTPC tho'.

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  # 184459 16-Dec-2008 10:14
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I've used my harmony 525 remote with both my Popcorn hour and GBPVR.

For GBPVR I went and found on the logitech site the name of the tuner card I was using (Hauppauge HVR3000), and it emulated the Hauppauge remote.

I imagine if your HTPC system is Micorosft remote based then it would be able to emulate that as well.

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  # 185179 19-Dec-2008 17:27
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I've got some work to do to get this working right.......... grrrr

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  # 185190 19-Dec-2008 18:21
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Post up what problems you are having. Those of us that have used the logitech are sure to have answers to your problems.

It does take a little bit of work to get them working well but once they are then you will never want to go back.

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  # 185611 22-Dec-2008 08:56
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Well here is how it went, I'm reasonably happy with the outcome so far......

I have an HTPC vista based running GBPVR and music/blu-ray DVD etc, was using MCE remote. This outputs sound via USB DAC Citypulse 2.03E, which feeds fixed output to Panny plasma and variable to a plinius power amp.

The activity based macros are never going to work for me, so after sitting down and nutting it out for a bit I loaded up the following:

Set up 2 TV remotes, both have a power on/off soft button for the TV, all channel switching via GBPVR using MCE commands. All pause/play/record functions same as MCE. The ONLY diif is that 1 remote controls volume via TV while the other which I've labelled "TV Movies" controls volume via Citypulse DAC.

This way,our system which is actually pretty simple, is easy to use. My family default to using the default TV setup, and on the rare occasion (in the summer anyway) we watch a movie or listen to music, they know to use the TV Movies setup.

The only small glitch in my plan is that the remote has had trouble learning the commands for the Citypulse, so volume control seems to be in steps, fine volume adjustment is impossible, and the mute button doesn't work.

Aside from that, it seems to have come together pretty well. Thanks for the advice & feedback.


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