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    Remote/Mouse/Keyboard for Mediaportal/XP Home

    I don't have an IR receiver, but I have an Xbox 360 HD-DVD remote. I am not sure how good that remote would be at controlling a media pc. It looks like I will have to buy a new remote and IR receiver together...

    I really like the look of this one... but I am not sure it will play nicely with media portal in XP as its designed for Vista MCE..

    Would it be a safer bet to get this?

    [Also on a side note, does media portal index video files on a NAS in its database thingy? (I am talking about the thing used to browse DVDs, MKVs and AVIs stored on hard drives)]
    [Edit: and what's the best keyboard/mouse solution? I like the Logitech diNovo Mini but refuse to spend that much on a keyboard/mouse... is the MCE keyboard any good?]
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    Re: Remote for Mediaportal/XP Home

    i use mediaportal to access recorded tv AVI from a shared drives on another PC so i cant see the NAS being any different

    as for the remote

    Philips SRM 5100 - Microsoft Vista 4 In 1 Remote Control - MediaPortal Forum

    Using Vista remote in XP with Media Portal - MediaPortal Forum

    personaly i use nova-t remotes as they work out of the box
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    Re: Remote for Mediaportal/XP Home

    Awesome so it can be done... I think there is a work around where you don't need a XP receiver... I might be misunderstanding that thread though...

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    Re: Remote for Mediaportal/XP Home

    I've got a MCE remote and reciever running under various flavours of XP and vista business
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    Re: Remote for Mediaportal/XP Home

    Quote Originally Posted by TAKTAK View Post
    I've got a MCE remote and reciever running under various flavours of XP and vista business
    Is it a "Vista" MCE remote though? Because they don't have official drivers for XP afaik

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    Re: Remote for Mediaportal/XP Home

    Hmmm, good point, mines an SMK one that was originally intended for MCEXP, so it was before vista was out.

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    Edit: and for a KB/Mouse in one theres the keysonic thingymabob HERE

    Edit2: apparently my MCE remote is hauppauge , it must have come with me tv card that i've lost it's this one HERE
    on google product search HERE (seeing as though the microsoft ones look horrific )


    Edit3: As UseIt Now says below, the keyboard is HERE on scan
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    Re: Remote for Mediaportal/XP Home

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    Edit: and for a KB/Mouse in one theres the keysonic thingymabob HERE
    Scan also have that in stock.

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    Re: Remote for Mediaportal/XP Home

    I have this one: Computer hardware and software at amazing prices, available online from Scan Computers UK which works really well with XP or Vista, battery life is great etc.
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    System 003: AsRock MB, APU, 8 GIG Corsair, Silverstone HTPC case, stock cooler, GT220 1gbDDR3, WD Green 3TB, Kingston 40gb SSD, MCE Remote, Panasonic 50" LCD (87BDX) via HDMI Windows 8.1.1 (32) [media centre]
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    Re: Remote for Mediaportal/XP Home

    Scan had the answer all along!
    Question / Problem
    Will this remote control work on MCE2005 as well as Vista?

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    This remote control will work with MCE2005 via the original MCE remote's receiver. There are no drivers for the supplied receiver to work with MCE2005 so you need the original remote's receiver. I have read that the drivers for the receiver are built in to Vista and it works with the supplied receiver. Vista = use supplied receiver. MCE2005 = need the receiver that came with the original remote.
    So I just need an IR receiver compatible with XP, then I can use the nice remote

    I will ask in the scan forum if the one that comes with this will work

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    Re: Remote for Mediaportal/XP Home

    Regarding the keyboard, I am now thinking, do I really need one?

    Once its set up surely the remote can do everything?

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    Re: Remote for Mediaportal/XP Home

    Having access to a keyboard is really useful, though.
    Many of my friends have a media PC of sorts, and being able to fire up youtube and search for videos, google for answers to questions, is vital.

    If the remote gives you access to keyboard character input, then all is good, but it may be more difficult to use than a real keyboard.

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    Re: Remote for Mediaportal/XP Home

    Quote Originally Posted by Rosaline View Post
    Having access to a keyboard is really useful, though.
    Many of my friends have a media PC of sorts, and being able to fire up youtube and search for videos, google for answers to questions, is vital.

    If the remote gives you access to keyboard character input, then all is good, but it may be more difficult to use than a real keyboard.
    I suppose you are right...

    What do you guys think about this one?

    Has anyone tried Keysonic stuff? What's the build quality like?

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    Re: Remote for Mediaportal/XP Home

    i've got the version that i linked to and it's quite adept at handling things, although on mine you do need a clear line of sight (it's not blutooth) but it still handles things well and is solidly made.
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    Re: Remote for Mediaportal/XP Home

    Well I think I am going for a plain MCE remote and that keysonic keyboard then... unless scan tell me that the nice phillips remote will worth with the cheap speed link receiver...

    Thanks for all the help guys

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    Re: Remote for Mediaportal/XP Home

    i use the keysonic in my bedroom HTPC very good no wires no extra mouse and no infer red

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    Re: Remote for Mediaportal/XP Home

    You can't go wrong with the KeySonic's in my opinion, have one similar to the one you've chosen Sim in brushed aluminium, Scan don't seem to have that one though.

    Also note, I presume you will need a Bluetooth dongle, as I don't think that Keyboard comes with one.
    Hence the reason for going with the wireless infrared solution myself. However, I might be wrong, so don't quote me!

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