01-31-2009 02:19 AM
Toshiba Qosmio laptops use a CIR (consumer infrared remote) to control media play external to the host operating system. The laptops when originally shipped used Windows XP. Using the included remote, you could play DVD's, start, stop, ff, rw, pause, on/off etc. external to Windows. Nice capability but I wanted to upgrade to Vista with Media Center. Everything works great using the keyboard/mouse but the original remote can only use the arrow keys and OK key to select and drill down into folders in media center. I am unable to use any key to back out of a folder nor can I use the start, stop, play, ff, rw, pause keys. I'm sure this is a problem with Windows not interpreting or receiving the codes from the IR device.
The Harmony One has the same limitations as the original remote - I'm sure there is no issue with the Harmony One.
Any advice is appreciated.
01-31-2009 07:58 AM - edited 01-31-2009 07:59 AM
>> Any advice is appreciated. <<
Would suggest reposting the query on a vista os forum. Google might also yield answers. Finally go to microsof.com and search to see if ms has a kb with info and possibly a fix.
You stated "upgrade to Vista with Media Center" but you didn't note how you upgraded nor the version of vista you are now running as not all vista versions have the media center extensions.
also,.. please come back and post what you find... sure others would be interested.
01-31-2009 03:05 PM
Thanks for the suggestions to post on other forums. Will do.
I did a clean install of Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 32-bit. It's always better to start from scratch when building a system, in this case as a media center PC.
02-01-2009 08:36 AM
>> I did a clean install of Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 32-bit. <<
That would lead me to assume that the toshiba ir driver has not been picked up nor installed in the new os... you might check with toshiba to see if there are vista drivers for the consumer ir, but, imho, the simplest and cheapest approach would be to get an EHome usb ir dongle and use that.
02-04-2009 01:19 AM
Thanks again for the response, I'm currently working on the Toshiba forums to see if I can find more details on the internal hardware. If I find out anything, I will post it here. If there's no success, I will resort to the ir dongle which clearly will work fine.