Sony Vaio MCE2005 with built in remote

Discussion in 'Windows Media Center' started by Amol, Sep 28, 2007.

  1. Amol

    Amol Guest

    I have a Sony Vaio laptop with WINXP MCE preinstalled and built in
    remote control. I have used it without any problems getting feed from normal
    antenna. Now I want to use it with Virgin Pace STB as source.
    When I try to configure it, it configures the source and after that
    gives error that remote control hardware not found.
    As I have built in remote control, I do not want to use external
    remote and IR-Blaster. Is there any way to achieve this? Does any one know if
    this has been resolved in VIsta Ultimate?

    - Amol
    Amol, Sep 28, 2007
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  2. Amol

    Kevin Guest

    I think you need the USB IR box. It has an IR receiver and mini plugs on the
    back into which you plug IR "bug" transmitters (that are placed on the IR
    window of the device you are trying to control). I don't know, but I doubt a
    laptop would come with that hardware. You ought to be able to order it from

    Kevin, Sep 28, 2007
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  3. Amol

    Amol Guest

    Hi Kevin, Thanks for your update but as stated earlier, I do have built-in
    media center remote for my laptop. So, really dont want to go for external
    one. It does not make any sense after paying £1500 for high-spec laptop. Do
    you know if this has been resolved in VIsta Ultimate?

    Amol, Sep 28, 2007
  4. Amol

    Jaime Guest

    What Kevin was asking, is whether or not your laptop has a way to plug in
    the IR blaster (not the IR receiver)?

    That is the key piece you would need to control the set top box.
    Jaime, Sep 28, 2007
  5. Amol

    Amol Guest

    I already stated that "As I have built in remote control, I do not want
    to use external remote and IR-Blaster". I use this laptop for work also and
    do not want to make and remove wired connections atleast 2 times a day. In
    short I am looking for some alternative to standard IR receiver-Blaster if
    possible and if not, then to know if this problem has been resolved in Vista.
    Anyway, I do appreciate your help.

    Amol, Sep 28, 2007
  6. Amol

    Jaime Guest

    I understand, that you don't want a separate IR receiver, but as I stated,
    the issue may not be the receiver, only the blasters.

    MCE needs to use both pieces to work with a STB signal setup, the blaster is
    how Media Center sends the signal to change channels on the STB. This isn't
    some kind of "problem or issue" that needs to be fixed, Media Center can't
    control a STB without the blasters, it's the design.

    If your laptop had ports for the IR blasters, then you might very well be
    able to not use the MCE receiver, but you have to have the blaster to use an
    external tuner with cable or satellite.
    Jaime, Sep 28, 2007
  7. Amol

    Amol Guest

    Many Thanks Jaime, but I do not think my laptop has IR blaster connectivity.
    But I do not understand, if my laptop can receive signal, why does MCE need
    to configure own remote with STB? why cant I use STB remote to control
    Amol, Sep 28, 2007
  8. Amol

    Jaime Guest

    How would that happen when you aren't there?

    The design is for MCE to be able to change the channel independent of any
    action by the user (to do unattended recordings). The way the system should
    work with a STB is that you tell MCE to change to channel 16, MCE translated
    that to the proper IR command for your STB, they sends that IR command
    through the blaster to change the channel on the STB. Yes. some people don't
    care about doing any recording and are just using MCE when they are sitting
    by the system and can change the channel, but that kind of defeats one of
    the main features of MCE. So, MS has the setup such that when you say you
    have an external control box, you must have the proper IR equipment.

    It may be possible to temporarily hookup the IR stuff, do the setup, unplug
    it, and then not use it. I don't remember if anyone has done this.
    Jaime, Sep 28, 2007
  9. Amol

    Amol Guest

    Does any body know if this problem has been resolved in Vista Ultimate Please?
    Its a straight forward solution to directly upgrade to Vista instead of
    buying external IR, and IR blaster devides and maintain connections every
    day. Thanks.

    Amol, Oct 5, 2007
  10. Amol

    Jaime Guest

    I thought this was already answered, but to go over the topic.

    There is no "issue" to resolve, by design you can't setup an external TV
    source (like a cable box) without the IR emitters to place on the external
    box to control it. Without these emitters, Media Center has no way to
    control your cable box. This is true in XP or Vista Media Center.

    If your laptop has a built-in IR receiver that works with Media Center, but
    if there is not a way to plug in an IR emitter to control the box, you can't
    use that setup unless you have a MCE receiver/emitter kit. Again, it is not
    a problem to be fixed, it is part of the basic design.

    It would only be one USB cable you would need to plug/unplug to use the MCE
    remote receiver/emitter.
    Jaime, Oct 5, 2007
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