new to remote controls, looking for tips (1 Viewer)


Portal Pro
January 3, 2009
I'm setting up MediaPortal to interface with an MCE remote and then hopefully use a Harmony universal remote to simulate it. The methods I've read so far include IR Server Suite / MCE Replacement, MessagePlugin, EventGhost, HIP, etc. Some of these can get a little confusing. Which software/combinations does everyone here use for controlling their MediaPortal and possibly other parts of the computer?

So far I've used MPTray to let me use the green MCE button to start MP (had to disable Vista's Media Center from starting too). I have a problem with program focus: the remote would not work with MP after starting whenever my focus is elsewhere, which means having to mouse click inside the MP screen first before using the remote. I've tried a tool called MPFocus that's supposed to fix this but it doesn't seem to work for me. Sometimes pressing the MCE button more than once seems to work, but not always. Any ideas?

MediaPortal Version: 1.0
MediaPortal Skin: StreamedMP
Windows Version: Vista
Remote: generic MCE type remote
TV: multi monitor setup

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