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How do I emulate a Microsoft Keyboard using a Pronto?
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Post 1 made on Friday September 11, 2009 at 10:25
tfrangoullides
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Hi,

I am using a pronto to control my Windows 7 Media Center PC whose case has a built in IRTrans device. There is an MCE PC in the philips database which gives me enough to navigate and control 7MC but I need to emulate a keyboard for searching titles.

I tried searching the file areas for IR codes but can't find any. Is this even possible?

Anyone have any tips or pointers as to how I might achieve this.?

Many Thanks.
Tas
Post 2 made on Friday September 11, 2009 at 23:52
Lyndel McGee
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You can use something like Girder which is an IR code to keypress converter and requires a USB IR/T module (not sure if Girder will support built-in one) and the Girder software. You might also search to see if they provided support for SerialKeys which would allow you to send keyboard/mouse commands via RS232 to your PC.

Google for SerialKeys or try F1 Help from Win7 to see if you have support for this. Of course, if you don't have RFX9600, then SerialKeys is not an option.

Lyndel
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Post 3 made on Saturday September 12, 2009 at 02:20
Guy Palmer
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I've sent you the Microsoft keyboard IR codes by email. It is a PEPv2 configuration file so also contains buttons for each code.

Note that the codes are for single keys only. If you want to use combination keys (e.g. Alt-C) then you will have to set your PC to use whatever the Windows 7 equivalent to XP StickyKeys is.
OP | Post 4 made on Saturday September 12, 2009 at 07:29
tfrangoullides
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Guy,

Thanks. That is exactly what I was hoping to find.

It works very well and I didn't need to use any additional software or drivers (I think IR Trans has support for MS Keyboard remote).

With regards to combination keys, is this just a case of finding appropriate codes or do you think this is this just the way the Microsoft MCE keyboard is?

Thanks for your help.
Tas
OP | Post 5 made on Saturday September 12, 2009 at 07:33
tfrangoullides
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Hi Lyndel,

Thanks for this information. I was actually looking into girder becuase I'm also wanting to switch video refresh rates from the pronto and thought this might help? Do you know if this is possible?

As for the keyboard using Guy's pronto codes over an IR extender is a fairly tidy solution.

Wondering though... could there be a more direct route to Windows Media Center using TCP/IP?

Thanks,
Tas
Post 6 made on Saturday September 12, 2009 at 08:12
johanj
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tfrangoullides, Girder pro is possible to use directly with tcp/ip. Search the forum and you will find some posts about it. One can control most of the things on a pc with girder, for example change resolution, start program, hibernate or restart PC etc. I use it to control MediaPortal, wake/hibernate PC:s.

Try also to google for a solution for tcp/ip and WMC, I think that someone made a server program for this and you can download it for free. Haven't tried it myself.

Johan
OP | Post 7 made on Monday September 14, 2009 at 06:04
tfrangoullides
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Girder sounds pretty powerful. I will have a look and maybe try the trial.

Thanks to everyone for your help.
Post 8 made on Monday September 14, 2009 at 09:58
lscolman2
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Hi Tas,

I use the MCE controller file from here

[Link: remotecentral.com]

The software requires a small app running on your PC to open up a TCP/IP port on your PC, and your Pronto sends commands direct.

I'm fairly sure you can send any alphanumeric key as listed here

[Link: kindel.com]

The new Key: command seems to say that anything key can be sent, as opposed to MCE remote control commands.

It's quick and dirty!

Cheers, Lee
Post 9 made on Tuesday September 15, 2009 at 05:39
yunti
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On September 12, 2009 at 02:20, Guy Palmer said...
I've sent you the Microsoft keyboard IR codes by email. It is a PEPv2 configuration file so also contains buttons for each code.

Note that the codes are for single keys only. If you want to use combination keys (e.g. Alt-C) then you will have to set your PC to use whatever the Windows 7 equivalent to XP StickyKeys is.

I've got exactly the same issue. Are you able to send me the IR codes too?

Many thanks.
Post 10 made on Thursday July 15, 2010 at 22:22
RandyVanF
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On September 12, 2009 at 02:20, Guy Palmer said...
I've sent you the Microsoft keyboard IR codes by email. It is a PEPv2 configuration file so also contains buttons for each code.

Note that the codes are for single keys only. If you want to use combination keys (e.g. Alt-C) then you will have to set your PC to use whatever the Windows 7 equivalent to XP StickyKeys is.

Can you send me the config file as well.   I had it in the pep v1, butt lost it when migrating to pep2.

Thanks
  Randy
Post 11 made on Friday July 16, 2010 at 00:01
Lyndel McGee
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Randy,

The post to which you replied is 10 months old. Guy frequents here regularly but you may want to send him RC Mail just so he is aware you need the codes.

Good luck,
Lyndel
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Post 12 made on Friday July 16, 2010 at 00:09
Guy Palmer
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Randy,

Sent by email.
Post 13 made on Friday July 16, 2010 at 01:29
Lyndel McGee
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Now that is quick service. :-) Was that service with a smile? ;-)
Lyndel McGee
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Post 14 made on Friday July 16, 2010 at 08:15
Guy Palmer
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Lol.

Just one more thing being added to, and then removed from, the todo list.
Post 15 made on Friday July 16, 2010 at 19:30
brodricj
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Guy, I could give you lots of things to add to your todo list !!
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