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I want to add mouse control for a Windows 7 desktop. Remote is Harmony 880. I tried picking up raw and non raw commands from an Ortek VRC 1100 and I only get the mouse to move very very slowly. I also tried using the Microsoft PC (MCE) command set but that did not work either. I tried putting the mouse up, down, left and right commands into the up, down, left, right button set on the remote. Where did I go wrong?
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Ortek mouse pad uses a custom protocol, not ORtek and not Microsoft MCE (RC-6). This is hard for any remote to learn and reproduce. Raw is probably your best bet, but will never repeat properly when held. Not only that, it's 16-direction, so it's hard to learn one direction without mixing in another.

Works fine on a JP1 remote because we were able to build an exact copy of the protocol. Can't do that on Harmony.

Long story short, it's a dead end. Just keep the Ortek handy for when you want a mouse, or get a proper wireless mouse, touchpad or smartphone app. The latter works best, especially with Media Center. Hippo Remote is my fav.
post #3 of 6
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Thanks. I see the issue using the Ortek itslef or its command set. Any other device listed by Harmony I could pull standard commands from?
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Originally Posted by sgbroimp View Post

Thanks. I see the issue using the Ortek itslef or its command set. Any other device listed by Harmony I could pull standard commands from?
Standard commands? Yes, Ortek or Adesso ARC will have the standard commands.

But good Ortek mouse commands aren't in the harmony database under any device. Microsoft and others are totally incompatible with the Ortek, both the standard and mouse commands. You can keep experimenting with raw learns of the mouse. I won't say it's impossible, but it will be very difficult and probably not worth the effort.

EDIT: I just realized you said you have the same issue with the Ortek (remote I assume). Mine is smooth as silk, both on the original and all my universal remotes. If the original is jumpy, then the problem is your PC, dongle or IR interference, not your remote(s).
Edited by mdavej - 12/3/12 at 12:39pm
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Standard commands? Yes, Ortek or Adesso ARC will have the standard commands.
But good Ortek mouse commands aren't in the harmony database under any device. Microsoft and others are totally incompatible with the Ortek, both the standard and mouse commands. You can keep experimenting with raw learns of the mouse. I won't say it's impossible, but it will be very difficult and probably not worth the effort.
EDIT: I just realized you said you have the same issue with the Ortek (remote I assume). Mine is smooth as silk, both on the original and all my universal remotes. If the original is jumpy, then the problem is your PC, dongle or IR interference, not your remote(s).

No, I get great results using the Ortek itself. Like you, no issues. I just can't get a good mouse movement to copy into the 890, but I am going to try the Logitech standard command set again tonight as I have read some folks have been successful. Maybe I did it wrong or must fool with the speeds, delays etc after I pick up the command set and remap the buttons. Thanks for coming back, though!
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No, I get great results using the Ortek itself. Like you, no issues. I just can't get a good mouse movement to copy into the 890, but I am going to try the Logitech standard command set again tonight as I have read some folks have been successful. Maybe I did it wrong or must fool with the speeds, delays etc after I pick up the command set and remap the buttons. Thanks for coming back, though!

Still no joy here. A very slow mouse in all 4 directions. Went in to the PC's control panel and bumped the mouse speed all the way up, but that did not help either, so any ideas are welcome.
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