Trying to use a Sony PCVA-IR5U IR receiver and RM-GP5U remote

Discussion in 'Windows Media Center' started by wannabigscreen, Oct 25, 2006.

  1. I bought a Sony Vaio that came with a USB IR receiver (PCVA-IR5U) and a
    remote control (RM-GP5U). Interestingly enough, the machine does not have
    MCE, just XP Home. The remote and receiver works fine with the Sony
    Gigapocket software.

    Now I just bought a Dell with MCE but it does not have a remote or TV tuner.

    I thought I could take the receiver and remote from the Sony Vaio (for which
    I do not need a remote) and connect it to the MCE machine to operate the MCE

    I have tried all the suggestions regarding MCE 2005 rollup 2 (uninstalling
    the driver, shorting the remote, DVD button + 1, etc.) and the batteries are
    brand new and tested, but nothing works.

    I plug in the receiver to the USB port. I get the messages that the device
    is recognized and installed correctly. The Control panel device manager says
    all is good... Device type: Human Interface Devices, Manufacturer: (Standard
    system devices), Location: Location 0 (Sony IR Receiver)...This device is
    working properly.

    Am I barking up the wrong tree here? Does this receiver simply not send the
    data that MCE is expecting? Why would it install and seemingly talk to the

    Note: I have read people referring to the LED's blinking. This
    control/receiver do not seem to have any blinking LED's when keys are
    pressed. Not sure they should or not... I even checked in the dark.
    wannabigscreen, Oct 25, 2006
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    David Hettel Guest

    Yes I believe you are barking up the wrong tree, :) This remote is not
    design to work with a Media Center PC, so it's not sending the commands that
    media center is expecting. Generally a remote that is designed to work will
    result in a "Microsoft eHome Infrared Port" under Human Interface Device.

    David Hettel

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    David Hettel, Oct 25, 2006
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    Barb Bowman Guest

    Please start a new thread and describe the details of your problem.
    You seem to be replying to a thread from some web interface that
    leeches from the official Microsoft newsgroups and there is no frame
    of reference here for your issue.

    You may or may not have a Sony VAIO computer with proprietary
    Gigapocket software that the hardware in the subject of your message
    works with.


    Barb Bowman
    Barb Bowman, Jan 2, 2009
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