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sjbryce
04-09-2003, 11:31 PM
Hey. Im just about to add a tv tuner card to the computer, but was wondering, is there anyway to make a remote contol to turn on the computer, and turn it off. Also can i use the remote from the tv card to control windows media player, ie divx movies???

Chilling_Silently
04-09-2003, 11:35 PM
> Hey. Im just about to add a tv tuner card to the
> computer, but was wondering, is there anyway to make
> a remote contol to turn on the computer, and turn it
> off.

Not that I know of.. I've heard of guys who've setup the Remote to control the Mouse.. so you could do that I s'pose?

> Also can i use the remote from the tv card to
> control windows media player, ie divx movies???

Only if they're played in the software that comes bundled, as that will support the remote!

superOman
05-09-2003, 12:04 AM
no offense man, but isn't that getting a bit lazy, turning it on and off on the remote

PoWa.
05-09-2003, 12:28 AM
I think its a good idea. Sometimes I watch an action movie before I go to bed, and its a pain to have to get outta bed and change the volume. It would be cool to get a remote to do that for you and pause the movie etc.

I think you might be looking at something that is infra-red and has a thing on top of your monitor and you point the remote at that. I've seen it before used to change powerpoint slides on a laptop or pc, so maybe there is something out there.

whetu
05-09-2003, 01:03 AM
a remote receiver can be built for under 20 bucks from parts from DSE, and a remote can be found for 10 to 20 bucks from cash convertors.

As for powering up and down, you can get a device that does that, however I dont know where from (i've seen it in the flesh.. I can ask the guy if you want.. but you'd probably have an easier time with hibernate etc)

winlirc.org I believe the link is...

whiskeytangofoxtrot
05-09-2003, 03:02 AM
There is a program called uICE - the Universal Infrared Control Engine.

Allows thremote for most popular TV Tuner cards to be used as a remote for the PC - supports plugins for WinAMP and other common apps. Have used it, it is great.

http://www.mediatexx.com/

somebody
05-09-2003, 12:45 PM
Provided your mobo supports ACPI, you should be able to get some kind of software which can make use of an IR remote somehow hooked into the system to shut down the computer.

Graham L
05-09-2003, 01:28 PM
A lot of "modern" computers have the connectors for irDA present (sometimes as a row of 5 pins on the MB, sometimes as a miniDIN connector. Windows from Win95 supposrts the protoicol. What you can do with it ... that's another question. It's intended for printing, talking to palm computers, etc ... but it shouldn't be too hard to handle other functions. Try a search for "irDA" and a few other keywords on Google.

Linux people have done some things, but they're fairly imaginative, compared to Windows users. :D

DangerousDave
05-09-2003, 04:02 PM
I recommend the creative remote control, small and comes with a serial IR reciever and is quite cheap. Only problem is it is difficult to find in NZ, try trademe, i know there are some on there. Here's what it's like
http://www.compuvisor.com/creatlabmulr.html

The remote control for the OS is the easy bit, its getting to turn it on is the problem...
Just thinking about it, i figure, if you have some electronic skills you can wire up a relay to the PSU (Preferably an ATX). Otherwise you can you could use WON (Wake on Network) if your mobo supports it, by pumping a few volts through it to think that it is actually network activity.

Turning it off is easy (especially if you have an ATX) you could get the remote to run a shutdown application.

Just found this link which may be of some help
http://www.gideontech.com/guides/remote_start/

Just my two cents

- David

whetu
07-09-2003, 02:37 PM
to run an IR sensor straight from the IrDA connector, look here:
http://cmail.info.kuzbass.net/%7Enav/WinLIRC.htm

didnt work for me as my motherboard cant invert RX but it may work for you..

Graham L
07-09-2003, 03:09 PM
"pumping a few volts through" won't trigger the WON restart. :D The three pin connector has +5VSB, ground and WON. I think pulling the WON pin to ground does it. (The system is that the network card is powered up -- with the SB supply. It recognises a "magic packet" which is its own MAC number repeated about 6 times, and pulls the WON line to the appropriate level briefly).

Have a look for the projects which tell you how to build an MP3 player.

tweak\'e
07-09-2003, 03:54 PM
just a small thing to add......

have a look here (http://forum.inmatrix.com/ikonboard/ikonboard.cgi). zoomplayer is ideal for this sort of setup and a fair few of the guys in the forum use remote controls.

Holy Cow
07-09-2003, 07:59 PM
My wife is my remote control ;-)