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Ultimate Geek

#29141 25-Dec-2008 20:59
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First off, I realise there are other ways for this to happen. But for me, I couldn't understand the methods involving using send messages etc. I read on other forums like this one.

You need to download IR Server Suite. If you have Mediaportal installed to other than the default paths, you will need to manually move the *.xml files for the Windows & Process Plugins and InputMappingDevices across to your designated paths for the MP plugins to work. It took a while for me to work why I couldn't see them inside MP configuration as this requirement is about 4 pages in on the same thread.

Next, you need to complete the following, according to the programme's author.

MCE IR device driver improvement

With IR Server Suite there is no reason to use the MCE Replacement Driver.
By default Windows will handle most of the MCE Remote buttons, the arrow buttons, number buttons, etc ...
But I've now figured out a way to stop this behaviour ...
To handle the MCE device Windows loads a series of device drivers onto the system.
The main driver is the USB device driver, it provides access to the MCE device. Without it you can't use the device at all.
There are also a series of Human Interface Device (HID) drivers that are there to translate raw information from the USB device into remote button presses, keyboard and mouse inputs.
You can't disable the HID drivers but you can alter their settings to prevent them from acting on the button presses coming from the remote.
This process should work on all version of Windows that support the Microsoft eHome Infrared Transceiver. I've tested on Windows XP Pro and Windows Vista Home Premium and it worked on both.
However, please note that HIP, Girder and EventGhost can't use the default Windows eHome driver in Vista. On Windows XP these programs are fine, but these programs need the Replacement driver for Vista and I haven't been able to get the Replacement driver to work on 64-bit Vista yet, only 32-bit Vista.
How to ...

Load "regedit.exe" and navigate to:
Then delete the keys from "CodeSetNum0" to "CodeSetNum3".
To make sure you can recover these keys easily should you want to you should save them by using the export function in the file menu.
Once the registry has been changed you will need to reboot for the change to take effect.
This same process can be applied to disable automatic keyboard handling. Just look at the other registry sections under the "Remotes" sections.
Now if you ever want to re-enable the automatic handling of the MCE Remote and MCE Keyboard you just need to put those registry keys back.

I have done this but there are small issues, like MP not able to directly get to exit MP from the home screen. I am going to try this method using the standard MCE Remote driver in the days to come. As I am NOT using the MP Control Plugin for IR Server, so it should work.

After installing, the app you are after is translator. It sits in your system tray after you have opened it. Right-click & open 'setup'. You are faced with this,


Press the 'new' button & you have,

Map Button

Press the button on your remote you require to map & get this box.

Open Box

As you will notice I have opened the 'keystroke' tab as I am emulating the keystrokes from the keyboard that I would normally use to control Zoomplayer. Yo can rename the command as you see fit. Right-click inside the 'keystrokes' box & you have options like this,

Set Keystroke Options

I just used the keyboard shortcuts for Zoomplayer, which is inside the 'options dialog>keyboard>shortcuts'. Here are the ones I have set thus far. They all work great,

Set Keystroke Commands

You will notice I have configured the MCE remote's OK button to exit from ZP

MCE Remote

This works perfectly to exit Zoomplayer & bring me back to the plugins I use for my TV & Movie control: MP TV Plugins & Moving Pictures & works perfectly with both.

If anyone else out there has been trying to get this to work -like I have, for some time- I hope it is as successful for you as me.

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Ultimate Geek

  #186123 26-Dec-2008 09:18
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After modifying the standard Ehome driver with the registry changes as shown above, I found I was getting repeated keystrokes with my green start button on the MCE remote. This was happening when attempting to return to the home screen. Instead of returning to the list view, it would change it to icon mode -you can preview this by re-pressing the start button when already on the home screen. Press again to return to list view. This prevented me from using the right navigation button to set to close Mediaportal. I had to press the up navigation, then use the OK button to return to list view.

Here is an excerpt from the relevant post on how to fix the issue:

"There are a number of ways you can solve this problem without resorting to the replacement driver. And I have talked about this many, many times in the forums.

By default the Microsoft MCE Remote drivers will automatically handle several buttons on the MCE remote and send key presses to the active program when those buttons are pressed. This can cause "double-presses" of those buttons if the program is also reacting to the buttons. For example, when running MP Control Plugin you may experience double-presses of the arrow keys, this is most likely caused by the MP Control Plugin acting on the button and duplicating the default response.

It is quite simple to get around this problem and there are a number of ways you can do this.

* By removing the mappings for the repeated buttons and just relying on the drivers automatic handling. For example, in MP Control plugin you can either manually remove the mappings for the effected buttons, or you can change the remote preset to "Microsoft MCE (basic)".

* By preventing the driver from automatically handling those button presses. This makes the driver effectively behave like the old Replacement Driver, but with none of the disadvantages of that approach. Did you read the post linked in my signature about not needing the replacement driver?

* By switching to the Replacement Driver (I do not recommend this because the Replacement driver does not handle IR Carrier frequencies and is not as versatile or accurate as the default driver)."

Here is the full thread.

Thanks to Aaron (and-81)  over @ Mediaportal for this great programme.

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