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Procontrol and MCE
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Post 1 made on Wednesday August 7, 2013 at 16:37
Lurking Member
August 2013
Hi everyone.

First post... and already a question.

I'm struggling setting up a procontrol setup (prolink.z & pro24.z) to control a pc under windows (MCE / XBMC). First time I'm trying to do so.

The procontrol setup works perfectly to control through IR or RS232 other A/V equipment but it miserably fails to control the pc: the IR receivers seems to pick the remote keypress once in a while only. I have tried
- to play with the strength of the IR signal through the processor,
- a different IR receiver module,
- I even tried a different PC ,
- different MCE IR code (from the procontrol IR library, from learned IR code, and importing MCE code from here)
without more success
It is not a debouncing issue: I disabled it in windows registry + the behavior is different: ie very seldom picking up the IR.

Any ideas? Has any of you been successful in controlling a pc through a procontrol setup?

Thanks for your help!

PS: I would have love to go through the IP route if procontrol had made a driver available for MCE/XBMC... but they don't...
Post 2 made on Friday August 9, 2013 at 10:36
Long Time Member
January 2006
What IR receiver are you using on the MCE? And if you use the MCE remote that came with the IR receiver, does it work then?

I don't know much about this, but I believe some are controlling MCE via RS232. Check out this thread.....


If you're comfortable with rS232 control, this might be the way to go...
OP | Post 3 made on Thursday August 15, 2013 at 16:52
Lurking Member
August 2013
Thank you Pepper for your answer.

I have given up trying to make this procontrol setup works directly with MCE / XBMC.

This may be link to the IR receiver that I'm using. I suspect them to be demanding on the frequency / signal strength they accept. Just fyi I'm using a streacom IR card receiver and a Konig IR MEDIA CENTER REMOTE Rrf: CMP-MEDIAREM12.
I have not been able to make them work correctly neither with the processor -and I did adjust the signal strength- nor directly from the remote.

I finally purchase this dongle that allowed me to record the IR signal send from the pro24 and map them to key command. It works perfectly in XBMC.

I have order another IR Receiver (the "USB IRT"): I'll try again.

Otherwise and just to give it a try, I'll have a look on the RS232 path. Worth testing in any case.

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