Mike, contrary to popular belief I am not a JP1 expert. My 'expertise' stems from about 2 days of intensive research, although I was already acquainted with RIDGen and the RTV RID upgrade procedure. (In 2 prior attempts to create/update RIDs I was successful only once.)
After reading FlipFlop's notes I noticed that Pronto codes looked suspiciously like irCodeset's hex output. The fact that I was miraculously able to pool together a collection of untested codes (some generated and others discovered in data files) from multiple sources and produce a working RID (with an untested program of my own creation and using a home-made IR-blaster) really surprised me - the way most people are amazed to see a magician produce a large white rabbit from an unexpectedly small container. I figured if I could do all that successfully then maybe I really did have a clue what was going on.
Having said that I should tell you that I know absolutely nothing about the Showstopper 2K/3K models. I have never touched one or even seen one with my own eyeballs. Everything I know about OBJ files was found here
and in a few scattered forum posts. I only created the OBJ
(the last archive in this post
) because it seemed the question would be inevitable. I would not have bothered if The Robman had not posted this
. For some reason the data file
he posted was saved/encoded as 'Dreambox' protocol. Well, all those details and more are discussed in the README. I won't reiterate it here.
I don't have enough familiarity with RemoteMaster to have any confidence in an OBJ built entirely from scratch; which is why I converted The Robman's data file instead.
Of the 31 people who have downloaded the OBJ (at this time) no one has yet responded. Either they're blind data hogs ("download first, ask questions later"
), they were unable to perform the upgrade, the OBJ didn't work, or it works but no one has taken the time to respond. By the way, we're always looking for new guinea pigs. Holy $#17!
Lookie what The Robman just posted
. (OK, I haven't looked at it yet. Its just strange that he picked the same day to post his goodies.)
For my 5K's selecting "Digital Cable Box" followed by "Comcast" yielded the proper channel list. As far as my line-up is concerned the 79 channels worth keeping in my area are properly described in the RTV's guide. (Yes there are hundreds of channels, but only perhaps 200 clear channels in my area.) After knocking-off TVGuide (LOL), local access/government, home shopping, foreign, and practically 20 kids channels I was left with 79 channels of actual content (not counting the radio channels).
I've heard this box uses some kind of 'new ir technology' ...
I think we've read some of the same unfounded BS. XMP is not some kind of bleeding-edge hyper-active ultra-mystical IR protocol from the great beyond, but this particular Device.Subdevice code seems to have been unused until recently. Think of the Device.Subdevice code as a unique name or address to prevent different boxes from responding to other remotes that use the same IR protocol. The remote operates at 38.0 kHz, perfectly within the 'normal' frequency range (35-40kHz) of almost every remote control made since 1980, and probably even earlier. The 5K has factory support for some remotes that operate at 100 kHz, but I imagine a 2K/3K should be perfectly capable of spitting out IR bits at 38 kHz.