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post #2731 of 2789
Why are you using Method 1. Suggest you use Method 2 which has the input selections.
post #2732 of 2789
I am using Method 1 because that is the type of remote I have. Why would I use anything else? I have only (1) input button that cycles through the inputs, selecting them as it goes.
post #2733 of 2789

Just because the remote you have cycles between inputs doesn't mean that the Harmony database doesn't have the discrete code for switching to your exact input.  I would give Method 2 a try and see if it works.

post #2734 of 2789
OK. I tried it with Method 2 and my correct source input is still not there. And, the program is still defaulting to DVD.
In the device setup section, where it shows the list of inputs and says the inputs should match the inputs on my TV, should I have the inputs that are skipped over on that menu? Or just the ones that have devices plugged in?
post #2735 of 2789

The Harmony website has no idea which devices are physically plugged into your TV.  My guess is that your professional installer renamed your input and that's why you don't see it.

post #2736 of 2789
Any way to set the 900 to control volume through a Denon receiver on the home page with no activity selected? Concept is to use automation software on an iPad (instead of the 900) to turn on the TV, Denon and source. The automation software can also control volume, but family and friends think they can just pick up the 900 and control volume without selecting an activity. The solution I am currently using is to leave the 900 in Denon device mode, but sometimes it gets reset back to the home page.
post #2737 of 2789
Quote:
Originally Posted by Oronomus View Post

Any way to set the 900 to control volume through a Denon receiver on the home page with no activity selected? Concept is to use automation software on an iPad (instead of the 900) to turn on the TV, Denon and source. The automation software can also control volume, but family and friends think they can just pick up the 900 and control volume without selecting an activity. The solution I am currently using is to leave the 900 in Denon device mode, but sometimes it gets reset back to the home page.

No I am pretty sure there is no way to control any device from the home screen unfortunately.
post #2738 of 2789
Purchased a Harmony 900 yesterday. Took me about 30 mins to set up everything. All went smooth. After all the negative reviews on CNet and Amazon I approached the buy with a great deal of trepidation but a brand new 900 in a box 900 at $100 was too good to pass up.

Admittedly it does not do macros but then I was never big on the damn things. I don't wish to pause my DVD and have lights come on. It might leave an image on my expensive plasma.smile.gif

It learned my commercial key skip from my 650. I originally purchased a Smart Control but could not live with the small remote and no lights plus it was no thrill to use a smart phone. I prefer buttons and a screen.

The Ultimate is too expensive. No Remote should cost $400 (including taxes) unless it makes coffee and cooks dinner.biggrin.gif
post #2739 of 2789
It would also have to be blonde and good company at that price.
post #2740 of 2789

I have been trying forever to get the icons to show up in the customize button section of the remote.  Since the links are broken I cannot see what button on the remote I am trying to change and it is really frustrating me.  I have searched and searched but I can't find a fix for this.  I have loaded the software on a number of machines both Mac and Win7 with the same results.

 

Has anyone seen this before?

 

Thanks in advance.

 

 

post #2741 of 2789
No, but what button are you trying to change on the DirecTV part?
post #2742 of 2789

Nothing with Directv.  I'm actually trying to setup Plex on my mac Mini but its hard to map buttons on the remote to functions when you don't know what the buttons are!

post #2743 of 2789
Try http://members.harmonyremote.com and see if that works any better for you.
post #2744 of 2789

Thanks I didn't know that site existed.  I actually get the same broken image links on that site but at lease I can look at the url of the image and figure out what it was supposed to be.  

post #2745 of 2789
Small Story:

When I had my system installed in January, I looked everywhere for one remote to control everything. I saw reviews everywhere, mainly here at AVSForum and decided that the Harmony 900 was the device I needed. I went with Best Buy for the price match and paid about 160.00 for the remote. I let Best Buy set up everything as it came with their setup of my system.

However, I had issues when I wanted to upgrade my system. I called them back, because I never really looked into programming the device. I was a little afraid and really just didn't want to tinker with it. However when they quoted $150 to install a device and upgrade my remote, I got off my ass and started to learn how to program it. I couldn't believe how simple it was to program, mainly because all of the Macros (which I absolutely hated doing in the old days with the old Palm Software - anybody remember those days ? smile.gifmad.gif ), are already built into the device. The main issue of turning off a device when you are going to another device is all programmed in. You don't have to think about the mundane things.

I was able to program the device while keeping my old settings and adding a device to the remote. One of the best things in the world is the control of the HDMI ports on various devices. It's a cinch to run a device on say the television and bypass the AVR or vice versa. For example when Best Buy set up the device, if I wanted to listen to my stereo/CD/Music, the TV would turn on as well, presumably because all of the menus show up on the television. However, if I really just want to just go "old school" and play a CD, I don't really need the TV on. The fact that I can simply make another "app" in the remote just for this, without having to bother with "turn this off and set this to...." is absolutely brilliant.

Just thought I'd add my 2 cents to say thank you to Logitech for making this device.
post #2746 of 2789
Is there a way to put a password on a Activity so that it locked out? I have a Activity that points to my security system, and I don't want the kids playing with that. It would be cool if it would just ask for a password or code to unlock.

I have the 900 remote.

Thanks!
post #2747 of 2789
Nope. It would be awesome if it could. My 1 yr old loves my 900 too much.
post #2748 of 2789
that sucks - too bad Logitech didn't include this simple but very useful feature for the millions of families with kids. Maybe there will be a after market firmware hack that will add it.

Are there any remotes out there that can lock out activities? If yes, I may have to switch..
post #2749 of 2789
Is there any way to have an activity which uses a device but you can prevent the remote from powering on devices? I think you can prevent it from powering off when switching activities...but here's the scenario:

I have Xbox One which I like using to power on and off my A/V receiver and TV (using voice commands). I would to be able to use *either* the Harmony 900 *or* the Xbox One voice commands to power on. If I use the Xbox One, currently it will power on the receiver and TV, then allow me to control the receiver volume etc using voice commands. It also will then power these devices off accordingly if I shut it down.
  • If I setup an activity to turn on the Xbox One only (which then turns on the TV and receiver), the remote doesn't know that the Hopper and TV are involved and I can't setup all my buttons to control any of it.
  • If I setup an activity to turn all devices on using Harmony, I have to prevent the Xbox from turning them on by disabling in settings (thereby removing the voice only ability).


I'd simply like the ability to have an activity to only turn on the Xbox One (which then turns TV and receiver on) but still be able to setup the remote to control my hopper and tv while in this activity (but not power them on or off, letting Xbox One do that). Any ideas?
post #2750 of 2789
I recently got an XBone too and before it, I had my "Watch TV" activity turn on and off everything. After I set up my XBone, I just leave the "Watch TV" activity active, so I use the voice commands for the XB only. In my case though, I have Uverse, which stays on all the time, so the only thing turning off and on with voice commands is the XB and TV. But I say "XBox, on" and grab the remote out of the charger, which is still in the "Watch TV" activity...

If you have access to the discrete codes for the TV and receiver, you might be able just to have the remote use the on button (which if the TV and receiver are already on, should do nothing). If I remember right, there was a way to not turn equipment on and off though in the setup, but it's been a while since I used the software, so I could (ie: probably) be wrong...

And are there codes to turn the XB on/off yet? I haven't even checked, since I just use the voice commands...
post #2751 of 2789
U should be able to set up an activity to just turn on Xbox one. But have the other devices in the activity just not powered on with the "watch" button. I need to program my remote either tonite or tomorrow so I can verify.
post #2752 of 2789
So Icekyght yes there is Xbox One support on the remote now. I have used mine in the way you described as well (leaving remote on Watch TV activity), I just have people that still want to turn on TV using the remote and I'm trying to accommodate that capability along with Xbox voice commands for starting the watch TV event.

migraine24-7, I tried setting up just an Xbox One activity but when I try to customize buttons it only lets me pick from buttons/activities for the Xbox. I can't see how to select functions that aren't Xbox functions when I customize buttons.

I'll keep digging I just haven't found a way to include a device in an activity but exclude it from being turned on in the startup events. I can add actions of course but I only want the remote to turn on the Xbox (and let the Xbox turn everything else on).
post #2753 of 2789
Ok so quick update... I thought I had tried this earlier and it didn't work, but setting device power settings you need to select this device remote doesn't have a power button. Ignore any references to the device being'on' when reviewing settings for that activity...it wont be turning them on.

What I did was create duplicate devices for my av receiver, hopper dvr, and TV (giving them this setting), which I included in this new activity for watching TV through my xbox. The only device turned on then by harmony is the xbox (which then turns on the rest), allowing me to use the remote for the activity or xbox voice commands. Same thing then for shutting down, remote turns off only xbox which handles the rest.
post #2754 of 2789
Nice setup!
post #2755 of 2789
Quote:
Originally Posted by mux1 View Post

Ok so quick update... I thought I had tried this earlier and it didn't work, but setting device power settings you need to select this device remote doesn't have a power button. Ignore any references to the device being'on' when reviewing settings for that activity...it wont be turning them on.

What I did was create duplicate devices for my av receiver, hopper dvr, and TV (giving them this setting), which I included in this new activity for watching TV through my xbox. The only device turned on then by harmony is the xbox (which then turns on the rest), allowing me to use the remote for the activity or xbox voice commands. Same thing then for shutting down, remote turns off only xbox which handles the rest.

That's what I was thinking you could do. I probably didn't explain myself well enough. I haven't had to program in awhile so I'm forgot a lot. smile.gif BTW how do u like the XboxOne? I'm still debating it.
post #2756 of 2789
Xbox One is great. My only complaint in terms of gaming is, as a platform it's still early and of course there isn't a lot of content to choose from yet. But that's expected, and it will definitely grow by leaps and bounds. I really like the controller, but am appalled that it doesn't come with rechargeable batteries. I won't get into the MS/Sony debate, but disclaimer is that I've had all the PS generations and this is the first Xbox I've owned.

I'm partial to Xbox One for the 'other' features however (this is AVSF after all) and I think the new Kinect works really well for supplementing navigation, etc and watching TV is pretty awesome ("XBox, Watch ESPN"). I really hope it grows well into being an entertainment hub (like PS3 did) because I want to be able to stream media from my NAS and USB drives. Skype works well and the Kinect camera with its high res and digital tracking/zoom is cool (if you are a Skype user at least). I'm a FAN of having something that is the center of my living room entertainment that can enable/integrate at least TV/music/video activities a little bit better than today. Here's an example of how XBox One does this nicely: I can drop out of a game and go watch TV nearly instantly. I can then go back and resume my game as if I had just hit pause. No saving, exiting, loading, etc. This is a killer feature.

Finally, the Kinect IR blaster works really well (it really floods the room because all of my devices are on a shelf below the Kinect completely seperated, and using bounce off walls they work flawlessly). Right now you can only configure Xbox to control your TV, A/V receiver, and cable box/DVR, and functionality is basically limited to power on/off, channel changing, and volume control (all voice enabled). Xbox has it's own guide, which is actually decent, so you can navigate this via voice as well.

There is BIG potential for the Kinect, voice command, and IR control. I hope MS decides to really push this area because I would love to have a little more device remote control using voice commands. Think 'voice enabled Harmony'.
post #2757 of 2789
Quote:
Originally Posted by mux1 View Post

Xbox One is great. My only complaint in terms of gaming is, as a platform it's still early and of course there isn't a lot of content to choose from yet. But that's expected, and it will definitely grow by leaps and bounds. I really like the controller, but am appalled that it doesn't come with rechargeable batteries. I won't get into the MS/Sony debate, but disclaimer is that I've had all the PS generations and this is the first Xbox I've owned.

I'm partial to Xbox One for the 'other' features however (this is AVSF after all) and I think the new Kinect works really well for supplementing navigation, etc and watching TV is pretty awesome ("XBox, Watch ESPN"). I really hope it grows well into being an entertainment hub (like PS3 did) because I want to be able to stream media from my NAS and USB drives. Skype works well and the Kinect camera with its high res and digital tracking/zoom is cool (if you are a Skype user at least). I'm a FAN of having something that is the center of my living room entertainment that can enable/integrate at least TV/music/video activities a little bit better than today. Here's an example of how XBox One does this nicely: I can drop out of a game and go watch TV nearly instantly. I can then go back and resume my game as if I had just hit pause. No saving, exiting, loading, etc. This is a killer feature.

Finally, the Kinect IR blaster works really well (it really floods the room because all of my devices are on a shelf below the Kinect completely seperated, and using bounce off walls they work flawlessly). Right now you can only configure Xbox to control your TV, A/V receiver, and cable box/DVR, and functionality is basically limited to power on/off, channel changing, and volume control (all voice enabled). Xbox has it's own guide, which is actually decent, so you can navigate this via voice as well.

There is BIG potential for the Kinect, voice command, and IR control. I hope MS decides to really push this area because I would love to have a little more device remote control using voice commands. Think 'voice enabled Harmony'.
Thanks for the info. I really don't know why I'm waiting. I know I'm goin to get it, mite as well pull the trigger. smile.gif
post #2758 of 2789
Ya definitely.... only reason I would wait is if the place you want to buy from doesn't have it in stock (i.e. to save cost in the form of tax).
post #2759 of 2789
I also have a 900 for a while now and recently I'm having the issue like a lot of others had where it won't turn off my Epson 8100 projector at the end of my Activity. The help button works but I have to keep using help. I can't get it to turn off with the double power press that it needs. I've searched and tried a LOT of options.

Epson projecrtor, Onkyo reciever and WD HUB with my Lutron light controller are all in my activity.

Has anyone found something that 100% works?

Any help is appreciated since I have been spending a TON of time with no resolution.
post #2760 of 2789
Did you add an extra power command maybe with a little delay command before?
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