Originally Posted by trannyman
I recently bought a new 890, got the software from the dealer. I have read 2 manuals I have found so far, one 60 pages, and one around 23 that I think is a revision. I have had a Pronto 7000 for 12 years and have programmed it to do everything I needed it to do until I got Xfinity X1. It will not work with it as far as I can tell. I have programming experience in Dbase, Powerbuilder, and C++. I would like to get at least one device working on this remote to understand the "flow" of how things are associated with each other. I don't need any macros yet, I just want to understand the basics and try to learn from there. I have a Yamaha amp, RX-V659 which I am trying to get to work, all by its self. One problem is there are 4 or 5 different ones with that model number in the database. How do you determine which one to use? Would anyone help me with the steps, or guide me to someones pre-written instruction guide for adding a simple device? I have read through Donnys posts on basic setup and a few others I found on the net, but none have explained how this is connected to this and this works with this, etc. I have looked at other peoples .ccp's and tried following the 2 manuals, but after the first couple steps, my screen doesn't look like theirs. I'm definitely missing something. Thank you for listening
Looking at the IR DB Navigator for your RX-V659 there are indeed 7 individual entries for this device. If I were you, after you have your room setup (Program menu -> Configure Home) go to the the next step which is to "Create & Name Devices." Add a new device using the RX-V659 [MAIN] entry as the template for your new device. This will give you enough to actually control your device's main zone.
But here is where some of the other stuff comes in. If you look at the device you just created (I haven't tried this on this particular device, but this is how it generally works) the power on/off are likely both assigned to "SYSTEM POWER" which is a toggle. What you probably want is for your green power button to turn it on, and the red one to turn it off.
To get this to happen click on your green power button, then in the macro window hilight the command that is there and delete it with the yellow X in that window. Do the same for the red power button. Now select the DISCRETE#1 entry in the navigator. Scroll through the list of discrete commands until you find the MAIN POWER ON & MAIN POWER OFF entries. Assign those to the green and red buttons respectively.
If you are going to use Zone 2 on your Yamaha create another brand new separate device using the RX-V659 ZONE2 entry as the template for the new device and you will have a new device with commands relevant to zone 2!
If you will be using XM radio create a device for that; likewise if you use the iPod interface create a device for that also. Take a look at my screenshots from a few posts above and you will see I have 4 devices for my AVR Denon 4520ci - one for each of the zones. If the picture was a bit bigger you would see for 3 entries for my AVR Denon X3000: Main Zone, Zone 2, and Network!
In short - all of the supplied RX-V659 entries may be relevant. Familiarize yourself with the IR codes available in each of those entries. You can add pages and buttons on the pages for each of your devices pretty much as much as you want and each of those "soft" buttons can have any IR code assigned to it - it doesn't even have to be from any of the RX-V659 available codes. Also, as you have seen by changing the power buttons - any of the "hard" buttons can be assigned to any IR command also. You aren't limited to what URC supplies to you. Often there will be unused hard buttons once the device is created - these can all be utilized for some functionality or another
I use this type of functionality on each of my devices for my HT (Blu-Ray, DirecTV, Dune Media Player, etc.) where each device has two pages at the end that are identical for consistency between devices. My "page 9" has some AVR functionality for selecting surround modes (Move, Music, Game, Multi-Ch Stereo) in case I want to change those without having to go to my Denon-4520 device to do so. My "page 10" for each of those devices has some controls for my URC lighting (brighter, dimmer, on, off, etc.) as well as a button that links to my "All Power Off" macro to shut things down.
I know I ramble a bit, but hopefully this will be enough to get you started on your journey.