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Installing Miro PCTV Remote Control to run with xdtv

February 8, 2007

I was missing my PCTV Remote control from Windows so I couldn’t lazily switch off my pc by air anymore 🙂
So I decided to install lirc.
I though a simple sudo apt-get install lirc would be enough, but that was not. I wouid get the error message :
could not get file information for /dev/lirc
And indeed /dev/lirc didn’t exist.
So I looked again on the quality ubuntu forum to find the solution that I updated a bit here.
So I decided to install middle-way from apt and oldway.
wget http://prdownloads.sourceforge.net/lirc/lirc-0.8.1.tar.bz2
tar xvjf lirc-0.8.1.tar.bz2
cd lirc-0.8.1/
./configure
# here setup will prompt you
# for your hardware settings :
# PCTV / COM port...
# with a sweet dialog display
# else you should edit /etc/lirc/hardware.conf
# and
# sudo cp /usr/share/lirc/remotes/\
# pinnacle_systems/lircd.conf.pctv \
# /etc/lirc/lircd.conf
make
sudo make install
# backup
sudo mv /usr/sbin/lircd /usr/sbin/lircd-original
sudo mv /usr/sbin/lircmd /usr/sbin/lircmd-original
# if you installed lirc through apt-get previously
sudo rm /dev/lirc
# install the apt-way
sudo apt-get install lirc
# finish the oldway install
sudo make install
# and replace the apt binaries
sudo cp /usr/local/sbin/lircd /usr/sbin
sudo cp /usr/local/sbin/lircmd /usr/sbin

Now that all is installed it’s time to test it.
Launch in one terminal :
sudo /etc/init.d/lirc stop
sudo lircd --nodaemon

And launch in another terminal lirc tool :
irw
Now you can type on your pctv remote and you should see in this terminal some things like :
00031 00 1 PinnacleSysPCTVRemote
00031 00 1 PinnacleSysPCTVRemote
00031 01 1 PinnacleSysPCTVRemote
00031 02 1 PinnacleSysPCTVRemote
00032 00 2 PinnacleSysPCTVRemote

Now you can edit your settings (~/.lircrc) to make it work with xdtv. (.lircrc content doc)
Ok so now you can restart it correctly as daemon.
sudo /etc/init.d/lirc restart

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