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Last Updated:
2013-06-17

Remote Control - Windows

On my desktop PC I have a Hauppauge TV Card. It includes a remote control, primarily intended for managing the TV channels - but it can also handle many of the other programs. It sends the resp. program commands as keystroke codes by IR.

Hauppauge Remote Control
Hauppauge Remote Control
Remote Control Table
Remote Control Table
The remote can also control a virtual mouse pointer. In Windows I use FirefoxIntegrator - FFI, a MediaPortal plugin. View Video 2 min. The virtual mouse is controlled by the numpad of the remote control, also capable of texting (SMS type input) for search boxes. Only works with Firefox. I have hacked FFI so that I don't necessarily need to start MediaPortal.

When first started a special version of Firefox with FFI is loaded, but when reloaded the normal Firefox version is used. Tapping the Sub/CC-key (#) on the remote sends the command F3 to Firefox, which toogles through the three input modes: SMS text input, keyboard input and mouse control. Firefox can thus not use the number pads for other commands.

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For internet I use the {Mode (Firefox)}, but when using Firefox menus to control VLC media center, I use the default {Mode ()}. When a video link is selected in Firefox this will start VLC, which from then on will be the program picking up the IR commands till it exits - and not Firefox - which is open - but not in focus.


Irremote.ini - Default


Irremote.ini - Firefox


Irremote.ini - VLC

The Default section is mainly used to start programs (and so is Picasa). The VLC section sends the commands to the media player and the numpad is used to start various videos. The Firefox section is also used to change between frequently used web sites in addition the virtual mouse pointer, SMS texting and the video menus.

The two main video menus are found at the Blue button (Brazilian Music Videos) and the GO button (Family Videos). VLC of course also works without Firefox playing video playlists.

The next step is to enjoy viewing your videos sitting in the TV sofa. Here is my PC and TV Hook-up!.