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Old 07-04-2014, 09:45 PM
bellyman bellyman is offline
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Hauppauge HVR-2250 - MCE IR Blaster Help

I am migrating Sage from an XP machine (HVR-1600) to Win8 (HVR-2250) and have ran into a snag. Sadly I asked if the HVR-2250 was supported by Sage - and even stated "MCE" version and was told it was. Yes it technically works with Sage as well as the remote, but the IR Blaster apparently does not.

I just want to confirm and ask for help with the driver that supposedly does work.

1) I was able to install Sage and choose the Hauppauge blaster when setting up the video source.
2) I installed the WinTV IR Blaster software and was able to program from the remote to change channels on the cable box (and tested that via that software)
3) Sage TV will not change the channel. I found this thread that uses the EXETuner plugin with the HIP software.

Within this thread it speaks of driver issues - that you cannot program the IR via the remote. When you add the IR it says press a key and then immediately returns an error. Here is that post from the thread.

What I am NOT seeing, is any solution to make this piece work. Without it, it fails. Sadly Hauppauge doesn't give you a way to "send an IR signal" based on the learn side via a command line prompt. If so then I could simulate this with the EXETune trick (I believe)

I just want to confirm:
(A) That it is true the HVR-2250's MCE IR Blaster won't work with SageTV without the workaround stated in the thread.
(B) Is there any updated MCE driver to work with Windows above Vista? A Win7 driver, I am sure, would work fine under Win8.

Other options I have:
1) Migrate the HVR-1600 card from the XP to the new box (it has one PCI slot available) - then use it's blaster. Kind of old and wanted a newer card. The 2250 has dual tuners but I bought that years ago and never thought about the move to HD. I will be upgrading cable boxes to support HD and will leave the SD version for this - and may upgrade to an HD device later.

2) I did buy the USB-UIRT. I believe I tested and was able to get Sage working with that. The only negative at the moment - I bought a separate IR cable and cannot find it and don't want to use the main USB-UIRT to control the cable box. I prefer to "tape" the IR blaster to the cable box and the main blaster on the UIRT is bulky.

Any help would be appreciated. I would have posted to that thread but I see no activity since 2009 and don't want the world to come down on me that I am posting to a dormant thread.

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