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Old 06-18-2007, 07:05 PM   #1
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Smile Need A Remote to Turn On HTPC

Hi everyone. As some of you know, I'm trying to build a MythTV HTPC. I have most of the hardware already, and am almost ready to slap it all together and watch it work perfectly . Now, I only have one more problem. I would very much like to get an IR receiver that will turn the HTPC on from a soft-off condition.

Most of the posts I've read about this date back to 2004 and 2005, so I don't really know if the technology has changed much.

My limitation is that the motherboard has no serial or parallel connectors. It is the Abit NF-M2 nView (I was lucky to find one). It has USB 2.0, WOL (No WOL Header), Wake from PCI, and WOK (Wake on Keyboard/mouse). As I understand it, Wake on USB is a misnomer, and refers only to supplying USB power to accessories while the computer is off.

My requirements is that this receiver should be controllable from either a Comcast remote, or a universal learning remote. The reason is that I'd want to use either the Comcast remote (to simply things for other people), or the universal learning remote (to replace the Comcast remote). I don't want to add an extra remote.

I know that SoundGraph's Imon series will turn on the computer, but their receivers use a proprietary signal.
[The imon inside]does work with iMON PAD remote only, because it has its own protocol (not public one).

I've heard it possible to have a remote learn an IR keyboard event, thereby using the WOK feature to turn on the computer. Would the IR for the keyboard have to be plugged into the keyboard port, or are they all USB? I suppose that my last recourse would be to buy an IR keyboard, buy a learning remote, and then never use the keyboard again.

If there are any solutions using a PCI slot, I'd also be interested.

Thanks, I can use all the advice I can get on this subject.
(If anyone intends to reply with "you could tape the remote to a 10 foot pole and hit the power switch with it", I've got plenty of that advice here.

Thanks again,
Old 06-20-2007, 03:19 PM   #2
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Well, I've been looking at the DViCO line of capture cards, and the FusionHDTV Gold RT and Express both support powering on from soft-off.

I know the Express doesn't have linux drivers yet, but I'm thinking about it all the same for the future, because it's a dual tuner and it fits in an express 1x slot.

I communicated with DViCO about using replacement remotes with the receivers bundled with the Gold RT, but they couldn't give a clear answer. Does anyone who owns a Gold RT w/ remote know if other universal remotes will work with the receiver? And if so, can they get the 'power on' feature to work with a button press from the universal remote?

Thanks for any help,


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