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    How to get MCE Remote to work with XP Home

    I had a spare MCE Remote from a PC we had at work - so I took it for my car. Well, I searched everywhere for drivers and found nothing. Finally I found this bit of info, thought it might be useful to somebody at some point.

    This is how I got my MCE remote to work on XP Home (without any Media Center)

    1. Obtain a copy of the irbus.sys, irbus.inf, and irbus.pnf files from a Windows XP Pro SP1/SP2 install.

    2. Copy irbus.sys to c:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers and c:\WINDOWS\Driver Cache\i386

    3. Copy irbus.inf and irbus.pnf to c:\WINDOWS\inf

    4. Reboot

    5. Plug in your remote IR receiver sensor (do not plug it in before this).

    It works in some apps out of the box(just a few buttons - volume, mute, play etc), but you need Girder to get all to buttons to do what you want (FF, pause, etc).

    If you get Girder, you need to download the MCE Remote plugin and the HID Plugin.

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    Still having problems...

    I followed these steps exactly (on XP Home without any Media Center) and when I plugged in the remote (last step) Windows still started its new hardware wizard and asked for location of driver, etc. Failed.

    Pulling my hair out here, have tried 10 times, following 3 alternate sets of instructions (but I thought yours the most promising!)

    Any further ideas welcome!

    casey

    Quote Originally Posted by phc View Post
    I had a spare MCE Remote from a PC we had at work - so I took it for my car. Well, I searched everywhere for drivers and found nothing. Finally I found this bit of info, thought it might be useful to somebody at some point.

    This is how I got my MCE remote to work on XP Home (without any Media Center)

    1. Obtain a copy of the irbus.sys, irbus.inf, and irbus.pnf files from a Windows XP Pro SP1/SP2 install.

    2. Copy irbus.sys to c:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers and c:\WINDOWS\Driver Cache\i386

    3. Copy irbus.inf and irbus.pnf to c:\WINDOWS\inf

    4. Reboot

    5. Plug in your remote IR receiver sensor (do not plug it in before this).

    It works in some apps out of the box(just a few buttons - volume, mute, play etc), but you need Girder to get all to buttons to do what you want (FF, pause, etc).

    If you get Girder, you need to download the MCE Remote plugin and the HID Plugin.

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    point the location to: c:\WINDOWS\inf
    when windows asks, better yet, shutdown the computer, plug it in, then turn it on... after reboot it will research the inf folder by itself...
    Tony

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    Still having problems...

    Hi, tracker, thanks for your response, but it still didn't work. I've verified that copies of irbus.sys, irbus.inf, and irbus.pnf are in the specified places deleted/uninstalled any previous install attempts (marked as a problem, yellow circle & exclamation point). Then I shut down computer, plugged in the MCE remote transceiver, turned the computer back on. I always get the found new hardware dialog, and whether I cancel out of it or point it to c:\windows\inf it always fails.

    I guess next I'll try another source for the 3 magic files, and repeat the above process. Perhaps my copies are bad. Mmm, one source included files hid.dll, hidclass.sys, and hidparse.sys along with the irbus.inf and irbus.sys. I have no idea what those are, but maybe this version needs them too.

    Quote Originally Posted by tracker64 View Post
    point the location to: c:\WINDOWS\inf
    when windows asks, better yet, shutdown the computer, plug it in, then turn it on... after reboot it will research the inf folder by itself...
    Tony

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