IR Hardware not detected

Discussion in 'Windows Media Center' started by Park Hensley, Oct 4, 2007.

  1. Park Hensley

    Park Hensley Guest

    I have Vista Ultimate 32-bit. My remote control is a genuine Microsoft Vista
    MCE Remote Control and is not detected by the Media Center TV setup program.
    Changing the USB port for the ir receiver does not work. I really want to get
    this resolved.

    Park Hensley, Oct 4, 2007
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  2. Has it ever worked correctly?
    Cari \(MS-MVP\), Oct 4, 2007
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    Curious Guest

    Do you have the IR emitter pluged into the IR remote so it can change the
    STB channels, if not it will not let you set up the STB in TV setup.
    Curious, Oct 4, 2007
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    David B. Guest

    This has nothing to do with the device not being detected by Windows, why
    are you assuming he even has an STB, it's not related to the problem.
    David B., Oct 4, 2007
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    David B. Guest

    Do other USB devices work? Do you have another PC to try the emitter on to
    see if it's detected?
    David B., Oct 4, 2007
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    Curious Guest

    I actualy thought I was responding to malibu's post. It was my error.
    Curious, Oct 4, 2007
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    Park Hensley Guest

    A reply to everybody:

    The emitter responds to several of the buttons on the Remote that do not
    need Media Center and for example causes IE to come up to its default page
    and so it is being detected by the OS, just not Media Center. My USB ports
    are all functioning well and I have never had any problems with them. There
    is no such thing as an eHome Transceiver in the Human Interface Devices
    section (or any other) of my device manager. They are all "USB Human
    Interface Device" or
    "HID-compliant device" entries.
    Park Hensley, Oct 5, 2007
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    JW Guest

    What emitter are you referring to or are you referring to the MCE IR
    What happens when you push the green button on our MCE remote?
    JW, Oct 5, 2007
  9. Park Hensley

    Park Hensley Guest

    I am referring to the MCE IR receiver. Pushing the green button on the remote
    starts up Media Center to the initial screen where I could select from the
    list of Music, Sports, TV + Movies, etc.
    Park Hensley, Oct 5, 2007
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    JW Guest

    So what does not work since you using the remote you can start MC?.
    Are you possibly trying to configure a STB as the source for TV? If so you
    also need a IR emitter connected to the IR receiver so that it can control
    your STB channels.
    JW, Oct 5, 2007
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    Park Hensley Guest

    After giving the "ir hardware not detected" message, MCE gives me the option
    of going back or cancelling the TV Setup; Going back would not solve anything
    and clicking cancel gives the message the MCE will not save any of my
    configuration of the TV Tuner. I don't know what an STB is, so I can't answer
    the question about whether I am trying to configure one. Nothing in the Media
    Center Help says anything about STB or needing STB in order to change
    channels. Help seems to imply that the Microsoft Vista MCE Remote Control is
    all you need to watch TV. The manual that comes with the remote implies the
    same thing, again without any mention of something called an STB being

    Perhaps it would help if we were using the same terminology. The remote
    emits an IR beam and so if something is to be called an IR emitter, I would
    think that the remote qualifies. The IR signal is sent to a little plastic
    box about an inch long, 1/2 inch wide and 1/4 inch high and is connected to
    the computer through a USB port. I would call that the IR Receiver. There is
    no way that I can see to connect anything else to either the remote or the
    receiver; so right off the bat, I wouldn't see how to connect an STB whatever
    it is.

    Perhaps you can let me know how I am wrong in what I think the remote can do
    (even though it explicitly says on the package that I can watch TV with it)
    and how to get whatever else is needed (STB?). Thanks.
    Park Hensley, Oct 7, 2007
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    Curious Guest

    A STB is a TV tuner Set Top Box from a cable or satellite TV company.
    Curious, Oct 7, 2007
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    Nigel Barker Guest

    Set Top Box e.g. digital cable or satellite

    What TV are you trying to set up? If not using a STB your only options are cable or antenna. What TV
    tuner does your Media Center computer have?


    Nigel Barker
    Live from the sunny Cote d'Azur
    Nigel Barker, Oct 7, 2007
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    Park Hensley Guest

    While falling asleep last night it came to me what STB means - that it is a
    Set Top Box and in my case is the Satellite Receiver that I am using to get
    my TV signal. So, now it seems in order to get Media Center Edition to set up
    the TV tuner so that I can change channels with the Vista MCE Remote Control,
    I also need to get an IR emitter and connect it to the IR Receiver which has
    no place to connect anything else to. Please tell me to where to get one of
    these things that can connect to something that doesn't have any connections.
    Other problems are that since the TV tuner setup does not complete in MCE,
    that the schedule of programs cannot be saved and of course MCE cannot be
    programmed to record a particular program since it can't change channels and
    so on and on.

    Park Hensley, Oct 7, 2007
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    Jaime Guest

    If you have a genuine MCE remote, it should have come with the IR
    Receiver/Emitters kit. The receiver is what plugs into your PC's USB port.
    The emitters (called IR Blasters or IR Bugs, by some), have a mini plug on
    them and plug into the back of the IR Receiver (there is usually 2 ports).
    If you did not get these with your remote, you need to contact your vendor
    and ask them why these items where not included.

    Otherwise your only option is to buy these items. If all you need is the
    emitters, places like sell them, however if you don't have the
    correct type of receiver and need that as well, it may be cheaper to just
    buy the whole kit with remote. sells MCE remote kits for ~$30.
    Orlando (Goofy says "hey"), FL
    Jaime, Oct 7, 2007
  16. From the OP's description, I bet he has an IR receiver that is *not*
    compatible with MCE+STB...
    Gene E. Bloch, Oct 9, 2007
  17. I have the exact same problem except I don't want Media Center to control my
    Dish Network box. I just want the damn thing to tune into S-Video and that
    is all. Might anyone know how I can do that or do I have to go out and buy
    a USB IR receiver?

    Buford T. Justice, Nov 17, 2007
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    Nigel Barker Guest

    This subject is beaten to death every few weeks in this newsgroup. The answer is always the same.
    You need to buy the USB IR receiver, remote control & IR bugs package.


    Nigel Barker
    Live from the sunny Cote d'Azur
    Nigel Barker, Nov 17, 2007
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    bartman Guest

    Yes, Microsoft wants you to buy additional hardware to watch S-Video.
    Apparently it was too much to ask or program for Media Centre to work with
    S-video without plugging more into the computer. Controlling a TV without a
    remote or IR Blaster is just plain old fashioned and why would you want to
    even do that?

    bartman, Nov 17, 2007
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    Joe Doakes Guest

    Did find a solution here? i have the same problem; that is, media center
    setup defeats me when i get to media center cannot find IR device.
    Joe Doakes, May 2, 2008
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