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post #151 of 6264
ginigma - I will post back in a few weeks. You can bet that every night I get home from work and go to the use the remote, I look at the screen to make sure it doesn't start acting up! So far so good - it's been about a week now.

I also took some pics of my old remote next to my new remote. I'll get them posted here. I also took close ups of the different cradles so people can see them more clearly.

Bryan
post #152 of 6264
Hi

I can't download the 5.2 update. Can someone please email it to PM a link to me or something as I can't post my email address yet as I'm a newb on the forums. thanks

got the remote today and spent 3 hours setting it up. Been worth it and I've now ditched six remotes!
post #153 of 6264
I have had this remote for a while now, since it was on sale at Dell. For 80 bux it can not be beat. I have not posted before but many of the things on here have helped me greatly. I recently went to download the newest version of the software and it told me that the file was not found. After looking at the locaiton listed in the window and checking the source code I decided to try a different link. If anyone needs the software please PM me. I would post it but I am not allowed to yet I guess.

I was able to download the software and install it no problem. I can't believe they forgot the capitalize words in their link. I will email them and tell them to change it also. If this was posted already sorry for wasting the space.

Thanx again for help found here.
post #154 of 6264
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Originally Posted by d0nkss View Post

I have had this remote for a while now, since it was on sale at Dell. For 80 bux it can not be beat. I have not posted before but many of the things on here have helped me greatly. I recently went to download the newest version of the software and it told me that the file was not found. After looking at the locaiton listed in the window and checking the source code I decided to try a different link. If anyone needs the software please PM me. I would post it but I am not allowed to yet I guess.

I was able to download the software and install it no problem. I can't believe they forgot the capitalize words in their link. I will email them and tell them to change it also. If this was posted already sorry for wasting the space.

Thanx again for help found here.

Thanks for the clues...

5.2 Software Link

Cheers
post #155 of 6264
What does the 5.2 software give you? I am downloading it now, but I am not sure why I would want to use it.

Thanks,
Bryan
post #156 of 6264
I have got a quick question the 880. I was looking to get some type of IRextender or possible an RF extender because the IR sweet spot on my Westy TV is somewhat annoying to me.

I was looking at the Next Generation RF extender that actually is in the form of a battery. I was just wondering if anyone has any experience with this product and if it would work with the 880 at all?

I have a feeling that it won't work, but I figured I would ask.
post #157 of 6264
Thanks for the clues!!! Installed the software now. I love this remote. Following the advice on the forum I've got all my timings down to 0ms apart from my stupid Hitachi TV - the thing is flying now. I love it!

Anyone know what new features 5.2 offers? I hope it allows the ordering of the custom actions as I hate having no control
post #158 of 6264
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Originally Posted by runninkyle17 View Post

I have got a quick question the 880. I was looking to get some type of IRextender or possible an RF extender because the IR sweet spot on my Westy TV is somewhat annoying to me.

I was looking at the Next Generation RF extender that actually is in the form of a battery. I was just wondering if anyone has any experience with this product and if it would work with the 880 at all?

I have a feeling that it won't work, but I figured I would ask.

It won't work with the 880 as the 880 uses a proprietry rechargeable battery. The RF extenders only work with AA or AAAs
post #159 of 6264
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Originally Posted by czzer View Post

It won't work with the 880 as the 880 uses a proprietry rechargeable battery. The RF extenders only work with AA or AAAs

Thanks for the quick reply. Does anyone have any advice on a good IR repeater or IR extender that will eliminate the "sweet spot" in my living room. It doesn't have to go through walls or anything, just be able to work at about 12 ft max at angles up to 75 degrees or so. Any advice is greatly appreciated. Thanks.
post #160 of 6264
Mine was just delivered. Won't be able to set it up til i get home. So, I'm downloading the 5.2 software.

Here's my devices
Hitachi 57s715
Pioneer VSX-1014tk-x
Sony DVP-ns975v DVD player
Xbox 360
MOXI for cable and DVR

Anyone with any of that stuff got any tips? Or does the logitech DB have everything i need?
post #161 of 6264
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Originally Posted by bacevedo View Post


It also looks like the new remote came with the "new and improved" charging cradle, however, it hardly works when compared to my original cradle that seems to be the older design. (The new cradle has the smaller charging pins and they seem firmer - the old cradle has the bigger pins that aren't quite as springy.) I am going to keep the old cradle, as I can lay the remote in it and get it to charge every time without having to fiddle with it. The new cradle is so touchy that if I barely brush by the remote it stops getting a charge. It seems that the new cradle has a lot of play in it - I can "wiggle" the remote and move it around quite a bit. In the old cradle, I really can't move it around much when it is laying in it - it doesn't have as much play.

Bryan

Is there any way to differentiate a "new" version from the "old" version, e.g. different UPC code?

I was planning on purchasing an 880 and would like to know beforehand that I would be purchasing the "corrected" version.

Thanks!
post #162 of 6264
I don't recall the question above was ever answered: What benefits does the 5.2 software update provide? Unless there is something tangible, the old adage "If it ain't broke...." comes to mind.
post #163 of 6264
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Originally Posted by sknight1 View Post

Is there any way to differentiate a "new" version from the "old" version, e.g. different UPC code?

I was planning on purchasing an 880 and would like to know beforehand that I would be purchasing the "corrected" version.

Thanks!

The part numbers are the same. The only real way to tell the difference is that the charging pins are different.

I'll try and post my pics soon.

And yeah - what does 5.2 get us? There really isn't much "client" software. It basically consists of the USB driver for the remote and the Plug-In that communicates with the remote on the website. What else is there to it? Everything else is on the web site.

Bryan
post #164 of 6264
Hi all,

I am considering this remote (or the 890) as a replacement for my remotes. I also have an old Marantz Mark II universal remote which is huge, ugly, clumsy, and my wife hates it. On the other hand, it is extremely configurable. It does take eons to set up though.

Can anyone say how the harmony 880/890 compares to that Marantz remote?

TIA!
post #165 of 6264
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Originally Posted by steev View Post

Hi all,

I am considering this remote (or the 890) as a replacement for my remotes. I also have an old Marantz Mark II universal remote which is huge, ugly, clumsy, and my wife hates it. On the other hand, it is extremely configurable. It does take eons to set up though.

Can anyone say how the harmony 880/890 compares to that Marantz remote?

TIA!

Forgot to mention my kit:
Marantz AVR 8000 AVR
Pioneeer 4360 PDP
Pioneer DV-626D DVD player, possibly to be replaced with the Oppo
Time Warner Scientific Atlanta 8300HD DVR
(Some other minor stuff floating around...)
post #166 of 6264
I just loaded the 5.2 software and found it now has a "client" typre front end that does not use the browser, but does connect to the web to get your profile and settings. Kinda nice.
post #167 of 6264
I read a few pages back that there is talk of a Pro model 880 or 890? Any more info on it as I can;t seem to find any on the web.

Also if I wanted to put my cable box inside a soundproof box - (I hate the hard drive spining)
should I then order the 990 (which is over $100 more) or just get the 880 and an IR wired repeater or similar to go in the box?
post #168 of 6264
If anyone is interested, I have a brand new 880 that I need to sell! I would be willing to take 125 and I pay shipping for it. PM me and let me know.
post #169 of 6264
What is the difference between the 880 and the 885?
NewEgg pricing has the 880 at $220.00 and the 885 at $179.99

Also, is the only difference between the 880 and the 890 the RF?

Thank you
post #170 of 6264
I found the answer to my first question..885 although it can be bought here seems to be more for SKY (uk satellite customers) with different buttons.

Since I answered my first one I have added another.
I have two Direct Tivo unites...one is Hughes HR10-250 (hd) and the other is a Philips one but I have a problem.. I have to cover the IR on one so I can use the other. Any way around this?

and my other ? is still the following:
is the only difference between the 880 and the 890 the RF?
post #171 of 6264
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Originally Posted by orijonl View Post

One thing you might be interested in that I've been planning to do (when I have enough free time) is to replace my Watch DVD, Play CD, and Play Game activities with dedicated My Videos, My Music, My Weather, and My Programs activities that would have the extra commands to turn on the Xbox and navigate to the appropriate page.

I attempted to do this, but without success. I added a 'Pictures' activity that does this:

When you start the Generic Activity Activity, the remote will ensure your system is set up as follows:
Device Status / Actions
Westinghouse TV Westinghouse TV is on
Microsoft Game Console (With DVD) Microsoft Game Console (With DVD) is on
Other All other devices are off
TV TV is set to "YPBPR1"
Game Console (With DVD) The remote pauses for 10000 milliseconds
Game Console (With DVD) "DirectionLeft" command is sent to the Game Console (With DVD)
Game Console (With DVD) "DirectionLeft" command is sent to the Game Console (With DVD)
Game Console (With DVD) "DirectionDown" command is sent to the Game Console (With DVD)
Game Console (With DVD) "DirectionDown" command is sent to the Game Console (With DVD)
Game Console (With DVD) "Enter" command is sent to the Game Console (With DVD)
Game Console (With DVD) "Enter" command is sent to the Game Console (With DVD)
Game Console (With DVD) "DirectionLeft" command is sent to the Game Console (With DVD)

But what I get when I press this activity button are these issues:
1) The appropriate devices sometimes turn on/off correctly, but sometimes don't, and I have to start over. (I think this may be merely because I am not pointing my remote down towards the Xbox enough, but I have my doubts. Someone mentioned earlier in this thread seeing different behavior between a device under the activity macro, and a device as it responds to the devices menu. Does anyone have timing/repeat recommendations for the Xbox 360?)
2) The Xbox does not change blade (the intention behind the DirectionLeft commands), but after a bit of delay (10000 might be too long), the selection cursor does move down within the Xbox live page.
3) The LCD will be blank with no 'soft keys' active that I can use to operate anything.
4) The directional pad buttons will have no effect. I have to manually select the Xbox with the Device screen, and then they will function properly.

Obviously, I'm not certain I have set the commands correctly, but everything seemed logically correct when I was setting it all up.

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Originally Posted by orijonl View Post

I have been planning to add that XIR remote kit (to turn on the Xbox), anyway.

What is XIR?

PS: I have a Xbox-media related question that has nothing to do with remotes. When I connect to the computer for pictures, the array of folders presented is hugely bloated by the existence of the My Music directory I also shared with Windows Media Connect. My hypothesis is that whatever process that looks for pictures is indisciminant between the My Pictures and My Music shares, and is seeing the album art JPGs. This isn't as bad as it could be, because all the pictures I want to look at are within subfolders that begin with numbers, and thus are near the top of the list, but is still not desirable. Is there a fix for this that still allows the music to be listened to?
post #172 of 6264
I set up custom buttons to work with XBMC:

You can just paste the following code in your XMBC\\keymap.xml in the section (before the )
Code:
    
      XBMC.ActivateWindow(MyPrograms)
      XBMC.ActivateWindow(MyVideos)
      XBMC.ActivateWindow(MyMusic)
      XBMC.ActivateWindow(MyPictures)
    
Then in your Xbox activity add some custom buttons to the following:

My Programs - Random
My Videos - InputNext
My Music - Replay
My Pictures - Zoom

Then the soft buttons up to that say My Pics will take you directly to the My Pictures screen...

Oh and XIR is an IR eye and PCB board that will allow you to turn on/off and eject your xbox with remote sends (XIR 2b will allow you to program).
post #173 of 6264
I was totally confused by the XIR website you linked, until I realized that its for the Xbox, and not applicable to the Xbox 360. Everything in my prior post was meant for 360. Sorry for any confusion.

I have no idea what to do with the XML you posted, but I'm guessing it doesn't apply to 360 owners.

Maybe I shouldn't kill myself trynig to get this to work when I'm going to be re-installing with Windows Media Center Edition (using XP Home currently) whenever it finally arrives in the mail, and will need to futz with it all again.
post #174 of 6264
Okay this problem has got to be easy, I am sure someone else has run into this.

I have having an issue switching between devices and what the buttons do.

For example:
Everything is OFF
Press Watch TV for TV
Every once in awhile I need to change something on the Reciever
I press Devices, then Receiver
Change what needs to be changed
Ready to start flipping channels again
Need to get back to TV function for remote
So press Watch TV
Satelite turns OFF



I want to be able to be doing an activity and be able to switch to my reciever functions, then have the remote act exactly as it did before I pressed the devices button, if I press the Watch TV activity button again things turn off that shouldn't be because the remote thinks they are off and it is turning them on.

Tried:
Just using the devices button to switch back to tv functions, but then can't control the reciever volume.

Tried #2:
Changing settings so the devices stay on when they are not in use, this doesn't work because at some point certian devices need to be turned off!



Do I make any sense???
post #175 of 6264
Quote:
Originally Posted by nitz369 View Post

Okay this problem has got to be easy, I am sure someone else has run into this.

I have having an issue switching between devices and what the buttons do.

For example:
Everything is OFF
Press Watch TV for TV
Every once in awhile I need to change something on the Reciever
I press Devices, then Receiver
Change what needs to be changed
Ready to start flipping channels again
Need to get back to TV function for remote
So press Watch TV
Satelite turns OFF



I want to be able to be doing an activity and be able to switch to my reciever functions, then have the remote act exactly as it did before I pressed the devices button, if I press the Watch TV activity button again things turn off that shouldn't be because the remote thinks they are off and it is turning them on.

Tried:
Just using the devices button to switch back to tv functions, but then can't control the reciever volume.

Tried #2:
Changing settings so the devices stay on when they are not in use, this doesn't work because at some point certian devices need to be turned off!



Do I make any sense???


Things should not be turning off when you go back to "Watch TV", but since they are, try pressing "Device" twice to get back.
post #176 of 6264
Wow, do I feel dumb!

Thanks for the help!
post #177 of 6264
Quote:
Originally Posted by nitz369 View Post

Wow, do I feel dumb!

Thanks for the help!

You're welcome
post #178 of 6264
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Originally Posted by cherry ghost View Post

Things should not be turning off when you go back to "Watch TV", but since they are, try pressing "Device" twice to get back.

The same thing can be done by pressing the Activity button twice, which I find a bit more intuitive.
post #179 of 6264
Quote:
Originally Posted by ddubois View Post

I was totally confused by the XIR website you linked, until I realized that its for the Xbox, and not applicable to the Xbox 360. Everything in my prior post was meant for 360. Sorry for any confusion.

I have no idea what to do with the XML you posted, but I'm guessing it doesn't apply to 360 owners.

Maybe I shouldn't kill myself trynig to get this to work when I'm going to be re-installing with Windows Media Center Edition (using XP Home currently) whenever it finally arrives in the mail, and will need to futz with it all again.

Yeah that was all Xbox and Xbox Media Center Stuff....
post #180 of 6264
can anyone point out any place that has a deal on this remote currently? thanks
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