So i worked out for anyone interested that the onboard IR does have the abilty to control the pc. i happened to be in the back seat of my car haivng a beer whilst a mate was being the designated driver. I started playing with the remote supplied with the PC. i worked out that 2 buttons on it controlled the pc the esc button and the enter button. both of which do as they say one presses enter and the other presses escape.
Now i downloaded winLirc and tried to get it working with my pioneer steering wheel remote. i couldnt achieve this.
one problem i have is that WinLIRC asks for the com port of the IR device. i dont think the onboard IR is assigned a com port.
The second prob i have is if the pioneer remote sends anything that the onboard IR can recieve.
Any advice would be greatly apriciated.