Vrc 1100 Remote Manual

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    Hi I have issues with my ir remote control.


    libreelec: 8.2.2

    hardware: rpi3

    ir receiver: 05a4:9881 Ortek Technology, Inc. IR receiver [VRC-1100 Vista MCE Remote Control]


    When I try to run ir-keytable I get: /sys/class/rc/: No such file or directory

    According to the wiki that means no driver is loaded.


    Dmesg output when I connect the ir receiver to the rpi:


    And the output of cat /proc/bus/input/devices


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    Any ideas,


    tuxiano

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  1. The Ortek VRC-1100 Media Centre Remote pictured on the right is a low cost alternative to the RC6 remotes used to control Windows Media Center. It is supplied complete with a USB infrared sensor and in addition has a built in mouse. It is sold under a variety of names as follows:-Adesso ARC-1100, Auvisio VRC-1100, Gmyle, Hama 00052451, Ortek.
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Ortek VRC-1100 Using an Ortek VRC-1100 Remote€ The Ortek VRC-1100 Media Centre Remote pictured on the right is a low cost alternative to the RC6 remotes used to control Windows Media Center. It is supplied complete with a USB infrared sensor and in addition has a built in mouse. It is sold under a variety of names as follows. The remote controls themselves are TV Remote MKJ40653801, Media Center Remotes VRC-1100 and Microsoft Model 1039, and a Roku3 Remote We would like to set up our harmony 650 to replace them? I have ensured that the software on the device is up-to-date with the USB cable and software provided.

Introduction

The Adesso ARC-1100 has two parts: an IR receiver with USB cable and a remote control that is like many other Media Center remotes. What distinguishes this product from other remote control solutions is it looks like a USB keyboard and mouse to the computer. As a result:

  • It can interact with a boot menu.
  • It is more responsive than LIRC based remote control solutions. Multiple key presses don’t get lost like they tend to with LIRC solutions, so you can more quickly navigate through lists using cursor and paging (Ch+/-) keys and increase fast forward and rewind speeds, for example.
  • If some dialog pops up when you least expect it, like Update Manager or a warning about pressing the eject button on your DVD burner, you can dismiss the dialog using the remote's keys, or you can raise Mythfrontend's window by clicking on it using the remote’s mouse functionality.
  • It is affordable. I got it on sale from newegg in October, 2009, along with a 10% off coupon, for less than $25 USD (that includes shipping).
  • It can be used to train a learning remote. I use the Sony RM-VL710 Universal Remote and RM-VL600, which replaced the 710. According to Sony’s web site, the 600 was retailing for $24.99 USD in November, 2009.

There are some drawbacks:

  • Configuring this remote is a little more complicated than configuring an LIRC based remote. That’s because you need to use two different mechanisms (xmodmap and editing MythTV key bindings) to get full use of the remote, as opposed to editing a single LIRC configuration file.
  • Some keys are duplicates of others, like Play and Pause.
  • Some keys are effectively duplicates because they generate Ctrl+Shift seqences and because MythTV ignores the Shift state.
  • You will lose your xmodmap configured keys if you plugin/unplug the IR receiver or a USB keyboard and will need to execute the xmodmap command to restore those keys.

If the pros outweigh the cons, as they do for me, keep reading.

Note: for an alternate setup using lirc, see VRC-1100 Ortek Technology MCE Clone Remote

My Setup

I have a MythTV backend/frontend system running Mythbuntu 9.04 (Jaunty) and a MythTV frontend running Mythbuntu 8.04 (Hardy). Both are running MythTV 0.21-fixes. The frontend only system is a 5 year old Thinkpad R51 with an ATI Mobility Radeon 9000 IGP. Jaunty doesn’t work with this IGP, but Hardy does. What surprised me was that the remote’s behavior is somewhat different on these two systems. I suspect it has to do with the version of X (xserver-xorg) provided by each distro. Hardy provides 7.3 whereas Jaunty provides 7.4. But the differences may also be due to the fact that one system is running on a Thinkpad and some of the Thinkpad-specific packages that were automatically installed. So you may want to double check how the remote behaves on your system using the X application, xev.

Since this page was first written, I have upgraded to MythTV 0.22 and 0.23. The instructions for Jaunty and 0.21 work for Karmic with MythTV 0.22 and Lucid with MythTV 0.23.

The Remote

The following table provides details for each key on the remote. The column headings are:

Key Function
The key’s function according to Adesso documentation.
Sony RM-VL600
How I have mapped the Adesso remote to my Sony remote.
Key sequence, keycode (KC), keysym
The key sequence and/or keycode and/or keysym generated when the remote’s key is pressed. This information was extracted using the X application, xev. Some keys behave as you might expect with MythTV, like the cursor keys, the OK key and the Ch+/Ch- keys. These keys can be used without any configuration, and can also be used to control your computer’s boot menu. Some keys generate key sequences, usueally Control + an alphabetic key. These can be supported by editing MythTV’s key bindings. Other keys generate some atypical keycodes. On Jaunty, these keys are mapped to keysyms defined for multimedia keyboards, like Volume Up/Down and Previous/Next track. On Hardy, they are not. Fortunately, on both Hardy and Jaunty, the multimedia keys can be mapped to keysyms that can be used in MythTV.
Xmodmap
Shows which keys are configured using the X utility, xmodmap. Example files for hardy and jaunty are provided later.
MythTV Context, Action, Key binding
Shows MythTV key bindings. The three headings correspond to the headings provided in Mythweb’s Keybindings Editor. Only the key bindings shown in bold, or the context/action pairs shown in bold in the Notes column need to be changed if you are using MythTV’s default key bindings.
Notes
Should be self explanatory.
MythTV
Key FunctionSony RM-VL600Key sequence, keycode (KC), keysymXmodmapContextActionKey bindingNotes
WWWHardy: KC 178

Jaunty: KC 180, XF86HomePage

Hardy: XF86HomePage

Jaunty: No change

SleepHardy: KC 223

Jaunty: KC 150. XF86Sleep

Hardy: XF86Sleep

Jaunty: No change

My TV

(yellow)

Ctrl-Shift+TEffectively the same as Live TV since MythTV (QT?) ignores Shift state
My Music

(blue)

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MenuCtrl+MGlobalMENUM,Ctrl+M
My Pictures

(green)

InfoCtrl+IGlobal

TV Editing

INFO

INVERTMAP

I,Ctrl+I
My Videos

(red)

SleepCtrl+Eqt

TV FrontendTV PlaybackVideo

DELETE

DELETE
DELETE
DELETE

D,Ctrl+E
Record TVRecallCtrl+OTV Frontend

TV Playback

DETAILS

SPEEDINC

U,Ctrl+O
GuideGuideCtrl+GTV Frontend

TV Playback

GUIDE

GUIDE

S,Ctrl+GMust clear TV Playback, TOGGLECHANCONTROLS
Live TVToolsCtrl+TTV PlaybackTOGGLEFILLW,Ctrl+T
DVD MenuCtrl+Shift+MEffectively same as My Music since MythTV (QT?) ignores Shift state
PlayPlayHardy: KC 162

Jaunty: KC 172, XF86AudioPlay

PTV PlaybackPAUSEP
PauseSame as Play
ReverseCtrl+Shift+BTV Editing

TV FrontendTV Playback

BIGJUMPREW

PAGELEFTRWNDSTICKY

,<,Ctrl+BMust clear TV Playback, JUMPSTART
ForwardForwardCtrl+Shift+FTV Editing

TV PlaybackTV Frontend

BIGJUMPFWD

FFWDSTICKYPAGERIGHT

>,.,Ctrl+F
Prev trackTwin ViewHardy: KC 144

Jaunty: KC 173, XF86AudioPrev

QTV Editing

TV Playback

CLEARMAP

SKIPCOMMBACK

C,Q,Home

Q,Home

Next trackDigital/

Analog

Hardy: KC 153

Jaunty: KC 171, XF86AudioNext

ZTV Editing

TV Playback

LOADCOMMSKIP

SKIPCOMMERCIAL

Z,End
StopExitHardy: KC 164

Jaunty: KC 174, XF86AudioStop

TTV PlaybackTOGGLECCTSince Clear key generates Escape, I use Stop to toggle closed captions, an important function for me.
RecordRecordCtrl+RTV Frontend

TV Playback

TOGGLERECORD

TOGGLERECORD

R,Ctrl+R
BackBackspaceTV PlaybackCLEAROSDBackspace
InformationSame as Mouse Right
OKOKReturnGlobalSELECTReturn,Enter, Space
UpUpUpTV Playback

Teletext MenuGlobal

CHANNELUP

PREVPAGE
UP

Up
DownDownDownTV Playback

GlobalTeletext Menu

CHANNELDOWN

DOWN
NEXTPAGE

Down
LeftLeftLeftGlobal

Teletext MenuTV FrontendTV Playback

LEFT

PREVSUBPAGERANKDECSEEKRWND

Left
RightRightRightTeletext Menu

TV FrontendGlobalTV Playback

NEXTSUBPAGE

RANKINC
RIGHT
SEEKFFWD

Right
Mouse Left
Mouse Right
Mouse Pad
Vol+Hardy: KC 164

Jaunty: KC 123, XF86AudioRaiseVolume

Hardy: XF86AudioRaiseVolume

Jaunty: No change

TV Frontend

TV Playback

VOLUMEDOWN

VOLUMEDOWN

],},F11,Volume UpX keysym, XF86AudioRaiseVolume, equals MythTV key, Volume Up
Vol-Hardy: KC 164

Jaunty: KC 122, XF86AudioLowerVolume

Hardy: XF86AudioLowerVolume

Jaunty: No change

TV Frontend

TV Playback

VOLUMEUP

VOLUMEUP

[,{,F10,Volume DownX keysym, XF86AudioLowerVolume, equals MythTV key, Volume Down
MuteHardy: KC 160

Jaunty: KC 121, XF86AudioMute

Hardy: XF86AudioMute

Jaunty: No change

TV Frontend

TV Playback

MUTE

MUTE

,F9,Volume MuteX keysym, XF86AudioMute, equals MythTV key, Volume Mute
Windows Start KeyPauseSuper+Alt+ReturnTV PlaybackPLAYCtrl+P, Alt+ReturnX treats the Windows Start key as a type of shift key called Super. MythTV (QT?) ignores its state.
Ch+Ch+NextTV Playback

GlobalTV Editing

JUMPRWND

PAGEUPPREVCUT

PgUpX keysym, Next, equals MythTV key, PgUp
Ch-Ch-PriorTV Playback

TV EditingGlobal

JUMPFFWD

NEXTCUTPAGEDOWN

PgDownX keysym, Prior, equals MythTV key, PgDown
000Global00
111Global11
222Global22
333Global33
444Global44
555Global55
666Global66
777Global77
888Global88
999Global99
AsteriskDot*TV PlaybackARBSEEK*
Number SignEntHardy: Alt+3 Alt+5

Jaunty: #

TV Frontend

TV Playback

FINDER

FINDER

#

#

Close KeyXF86Close?Closes active window. Myth will prompt:

Do you really want to exit MythTV?

Clear KeyStopEscapeGlobalESCAPEEsc
Enter KeyReturnSame as OK

Xmodmap Configuration

To configure keys with xmodmap, you need a configuration file. I have provided two examples that work on my Hardy and Jaunty systems. Hopefully, one of them will work for you without change. At least they should serve as a starting point to get the multimedia keys working on your system.

Vrc 1100 Remote Manual

Copy the following text to $HOME/xmodmap.hardy

On Hardy, use the command:

Copy the following text to $HOME/xmodmap.jaunty

Vrc-1100 Remote Codes

On Jaunty, use the command:

Once you’ve got a working configuration, you can automatically execute the appropriate command whenever the X server starts by adding it to the file, $HOME/.xprofile. This method works nicely with Mythbuntu distros and the Xfce desktop environment. You may need to use a different mechanism for other distros and/or desktop environments.

Closing Thoughts

Sometimes, the X server forgets the xmodmap configuration. I’m sure this happens when you plug in and/or unplug the Adesso IR receiver. It may happen when you plug/unplug any USB keyboard/mouse or any device for which the X server supports hotplugging. If you find the multimedia keys aren’t working, chances are executing the appropriate xmodmap command will restore functionality.

It may be possible that configuration of multimedia keys would persist, regardless of hotplugging input devices, if I had used an approach based on xkb configuration files. Since xmodmap works well enough for me. I welcome someone else to explore a solution based on xkb.

References

Adesso ARC-1100 product page
http://www.adesso.com/products_detail.asp?productid=366
Review of the Sony RM-VL600
http://www.remotecentral.com/vl600/index.html
Xev man page
http://www.xfree86.org/current/xev.1.html
Xmodmap man page
http://www.xfree86.org/current/xmodmap.1.html
How to further enhance XKB configuration
http://www.xfree86.org/current/XKB-Enhancing.html
Extending the X keyboard map with xkb
http://madduck.net/docs/extending-xkb/

Alternate Configuration

Vrc 1100 Remote Manual

This remote behaves as an HID therefore it can work without the MCE kernel module. The HID Remotes page may be helpful. For my configuration, I chose to remap the Clear button (maps to Escape) and Back button (maps to Backspace), and also remap the Info and Mouse Right Click buttons to 'M' (for Myth's menu). I used a udev rule to remap the keys using ir-keytable, and also add symlinks for the keyboard and mouse inputs.

/etc/udev/rules.d/10-irremote.rules

Vrc-1100 Remote Manual

Note: The backslash to split the long line is mostly for readability. For best compatibility with all versions of udev the rule should be on one line.

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