Originally Posted by lirong
Thanks. I have followed those steps to set up the Discrete Power Commands but Im not sure exactly how to do it.
After I get to Adjust Power Settings it asks me questions about whether my remote has one power button or more. While the remote does have only one power button, I see in the commands that there are discrete Power On and Power Off. So Im not sure which thread in the software to follow that will let me set that up...
Originally Posted by lirong
Here is what I am struggling with.
I know it shouldnt be the case, but if the TV is already on for some reason (switched on by hand or by TV remote) and I hit "Watch TV" Activity, when it goes through the steps, my TV gets powered off when the Activity should be powering it on.
I realize (I think) the way to fix this should be that the Activity uses the discrete Power ON code only, rather than the Power Toggle, so that it wouldnt actually power off a TV that is already on.
When I go to Adjust Power Settings I cant figure out the right series of steps and choices from the dialogue boxes given to follow, although I am fairly certain that my TV does have discrete power codes and I can see them in the equipment commands lit...
Forget about what's on your OE remote... answer it the way you WANT it to work. If you want to use discrete power commands and your device supports them (irrespective of what buttons are on the OE remote), answer "one button for on and one button for off", then select PowerOn and PowerOff as the commands when prompted.
Same thing may apply for discrete input commands. Just because the OE remote works by pressing "[Input] and selecting an input from a list does not necessarily mean that your device does not support discrete input commands (which, btw, is Method 2 in the input setup pages).
The Harmony software is hit or miss as to whether it automatically takes advantage of discrete commands even if the device supports them and the commands are present in the database. Regardless of how your OE remote functions -- and regardless of how the Harmony software initially configures your devices -- ALWAYS check the Harmony command library of all of your devices for discrete power and input commands and configure the devices to use them if they exist.
BTW, what you are seeing -- the device power getting out of sync when you turn it on or off by means other than the Harmony remote -- is EXACTLY what you should expect to see for devices using power toggle commands. The remote tries to keep track of all of the your devices' power states, but it cannot know if you tampered with a device by other means. If it KNOWS that a device is already on (e.g., when you switch between Watch TV and Watch Blu-ray) the remote knows that the TV is already on and will not send any power commands to the TV)... but if you turned the TV on manually for some reason, but then start your Watch TV activity "cold" from the remote, the remote has no clue that you turned on the TV manually and will send another Power command. As you correctly suspect, if you are configured to use discrete power commands, the additional PowerOn command will cause no harm... but if the TV does not support (or is not configured for) discrete power commands, the remote will send a PowerToggle command because by its own internal tracking it "knows" that the TV is off.
.Edited by jcalabria - 11/26/12 at 6:30am