Hi All, just stumbled upon this forum in my frustration with my Harmony 650. I have 1 main gripe which I would like to fix, and other minor gripes about this remote. Like others, I was very excited about being able to "program" my remote, but once I tried to use logitech software to solve specific problems I found that the cookie-cutter approach they use to script activities is really annoying.
Main gripe: I am able to set each "activity" to use TV volume, but I would like to override device volumes as well, to make TV my master volume no matter what device or activity I am on. For example, if i am on my apple tv device, the remote does not use the TV volume, in fact the volume does not work at all on that device because there is no volume associated with apple tv. I mean, come on logitech, really? So basically I'd like to make TV vol my master vol.
MInor gripe: When I switch between activity it must turn on devices that are already on, usually turning them off. Again, come on logitech, really? Part of this is due to the fact that I can not disable TV on the activity because then I would not be able to control the volume later on, so it therefore can not be removed from the activity startup script. So my gripe has to do with the limited definition of devices associated with activities and lack of control over scripts and what devices/buttons can be programmed.
I would also like to add 2 more devices to my 650, but that's my own fault for not anticipating additional hardware when I bought it.
I searched for hacks, but did not find anything I could figure out on my own. I don't know how to compile, so concordance is over my head.
I apologize if these issues were previously covered in the thread, but I wasn't able to read through the entire 25 pages. Thanks in advance for any help or advice.
The problems you are having are due to user error and have nothing to do with Harmony software. If you want to control your TV volume from a particular device page then just teach the command to that device from the original TV remote and assign it to any button you want.
If you have devices turning off when they should stay on then there is something else wrong with your setup. I would suggest deleting each activity and start over just answering the questions correctly. When you are done and everything turns on and off properly, then you can tweak the settings and commands to your liking.
There is no "hack" for adding more devices but you can simply teach commands from any IR remote to a device that is commonly used in every activity, then assign those commands accordingly. Example: If I wanted to add a Roku to my remote I would go into the AVR device/learn commands/learn new command/ rename it "Roku Up" then teach the command from my Roku remote. This new command named Roku Up will be in the command list on your AV Receiver, so any activity which uses the AVR will have that command available (repeat for all Roku commands). Now you can just create a "Generic Activity", rename it Watch Roku, add the AVR and viola, there are your commands.